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“I Can Only Imagine” (Lionsgate)

Bart Millard and Amy Grant star in a scene from the movie "I Can Only Imagine." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service Dennis Quaid brings his formidable talent to bear in this faith-driven drama, playing an abusive father whose conversion to evangelical Christianity inspired his son (John Michael Finley) to write the eponymous 2001 song, an unprecedented chart-topper that became popular even with nonbelievers. Essentially a biography of Finley’s real-life counterpart, Bart Millard, […]

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An invitation to women who feel disengaged from the church

Kim Padan

By Kim Padan On Jan. 21, The Catholic Post published an article from CNS discussing a survey of Catholic women indicating a high level of disengagement from the Church. As I read more details online, I felt both heartbroken and concerned. Even more, I felt compelled to reach out to my sisters in faith. The […]

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Listening, learning are goals of Cursillo’s new diocesan lay director

Dodie Gomer of Peoria has been named the new diocesan lay coordinator for Cursillo.

Dodie Gomer really didn’t know what to expect when she made her Cursillo weekend in October 2010, other than it would be a “short course in Christianity” and she wouldn’t be able to use her phone. The thought was unsettling. A human resource professional at Caterpillar Inc. at that time, she wasn’t sure how she […]

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Only heart open to transformation ‘produces much fruit’

By Shawn Reeves Fifth Sunday of Lent/March 18 Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 When I was a kid, some of my favorite toys were Transformers. I would spend hours reenacting scenes from the popular cartoon. There was something captivating about cars and aircraft transmuting into robots, because there is something captivating about […]

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Listen to students now . . . and then

Following last month’s horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students there and across the country — including in central Illinois — have become energized and vocal. Politicians and the media have taken notice, listening to and promoting their calls for solutions to gun violence. Many schools were preparing for […]

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“Tomb Raider” (Warner Bros.)

Alicia Vikander stars in a scene from the movie "Tomb Raider." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Murky video-game adaptation in which, seven years after the disappearance of her business tycoon-turned-archeologist father (Dominic West), an heiress (Alicia Vikander), who prefers life as a London bicycle courier to enjoying her riches, follows clues he left behind to track him to an almost uncharted island off the coast of Japan […]

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Diocesan students urged to pray, not walk out, to end gun violence

Instead of walking away from school on March 14, students and employees at Peoria Notre Dame High School prayed the rosary between classes and then attended an all-school Mass. After the liturgy, principal Randy Simmons released 17 balloons -- one for each life lost during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. (Provided photo)

As students around the country were planning to walk out of school to protest gun violence March 14, the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria asked students in central Illinois to consider taking another approach. “Our Catholic schools stand in solidarity with those who seek change and conversion in a culture of […]

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“Batman: Gotham by Gaslight” (Warner Home Video)

This is a still image from the video animated film "Batman: Gotham by Gaslight." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Home Video)

By Catholic News Service An adequate, if not outstanding, superhero tale, this direct-to-video animated film transports Batman (voice of Bruce Greenwood) and his supporting characters to a Victorian-era version of their home town. There, the Caped Crusader takes on Jack the Ripper, who is murdering prostitutes, just as his real-life counterpart did in London. Offended […]

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“The Hurricane Heist” (Entertainment Studios)

By Catholic News Service Serviceable mash-up of the apocalyptic weather event and crime caper genres in which two estranged brothers, one a meteorologist (Toby Kebbell), the other a mechanic (Ryan Kwanten), join forces with an ATF agent (Maggie Grace) to foil the crime of the title, an inside job (led by Ralph Ineson) designed to […]

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“Gringo” (STX)

David Oyelowo stars in a scene from the movie "Gringo." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios)

By Catholic News Service Moral dilemmas come fast and furious in this dark, but somehow not cynical, comedy about avarice and its near-instant consequences. Sent to Mexico by his corrupt bosses (Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron) to seal a crooked deal for his pharmaceutical company, a gullible executive (David Oyelowo), driven by financial desperation, instead […]

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