“Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash” (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment)

A scene from the animated movie "The Lego Flash Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. Not otherwise rated. (CNS photo/Warner Brothers)

By Catholic News Service Delightful animated direct-to-video feature in which the speedy superhero of the title (voice of James Arnold Taylor) battles his evil counterpart, Reverse-Flash (voice of Dwight Schultz). Lured into a time loop by his opponent, the crime fighter is forced to relive the same day over and over, an experience that eventually […]

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“Traffik” (Lionsgate)

Omar Epps and Paula Patton star in a scene from the movie "Traffik." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Codeblack Films)

By Catholic News Service Muddled thriller about an idealistic journalist (Paula Patton) who, while on vacation with her live-in boyfriend (Omar Epps), stumbles across the victim (Dawn Olivieri) of a human trafficking ring (led by Luke Goss) and is soon herself being terrorized by the gangsters. Writer-director Deon Taylor’s ostensibly good intentions about dramatizing a […]

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10th anniversary exhibit at diocesan museum reveals ‘Secrets of the Archives’

“Secrets of the Archives: Trinkets and Treasures from the Basement” is a newly opened exhibit at the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria, which is observing its 10th anniversary at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Clean out the basement of a home you’ve lived in for a while and you’ll find as many memories as objects. For an exhibit to mark the 10th anniversary of the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria, planners poked through the diocesan archives in the basement of the Spalding Pastoral Center and found memories — […]

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‘What do you know for sure?’ Columnist poses question, how would you answer?

Christina Capecchi

“Twenty Something” column / By Christina Capecchi When Oprah Winfrey was first asked the question, the talk-show queen was left tongue-tied. She was doing a live television interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel to promote her film “Beloved,” and he concluded by asking, “Tell me, what do you know for sure?” “I got […]

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Laughter and tears, joy and sorrow: A reflection on the death of my father

Sister M. Clementia, FSGM, is pictured with her parents, Brenda and Carey Toalson. Mr. Toalson died suddenly on Feb. 25, 2018, at the age of 62. (Provided photo)

By Sister M. Clementia, FSGM A severe mercy. This is what C.S. Lewis described of death to his friend in the book with the same title. At the mourning of his wife’s untimely death, Sheldon Vanauken was struck by Lewis’ description: A mercy that was as severe as death, a death that was merciful as […]

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Women’s Choice Center-Quad Cities buys former Planned Parenthood property

The Women's Choice Center of the Quad Cities, above, a pro-life pregnancy help center opened in 2002 at 2711 Happy Joe Drive in Bettendorf, Iowa, has announced expansion plans that include the purchase of the former Planned Parenthood of the Heartland clinic across the street. Abortion was among the services offered at the Planned Parenthood facility since it opened in 1999 after considerable controversy. (Provided photos)

BETTENDORF, Iowa — “We see this as a redemption project.” Vicki Tyler, executive director of the Women’s Choice Center of the Quad Cities, was speaking about a development announced Monday that the area pro-life community also sees as two decades of prayer answered in a most unlikely way. The Women’s Choice Center, a pro-life pregnancy […]

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Church, like a vine, is about connection, communion, and communicating new life

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Fifth Sunday of Easter/April 29 Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22:26-27,28,30,31-32; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) In “The Soul of the Apostolate,” Jean-Baptiste Chautard writes […]

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‘Spirituality of Cancer’ topic for couple, priest April 30 at St. Paul Church, Macomb

Bill and Jean Maakestad will talk about how they coped spiritually with Jean's cancer and how it has shaped their marriage.

MACOMB — “Spirituality of Cancer: How One Couple Copes” is the focus for a presentation planned for Monday, April 30, at St. Paul Church, 309 W. Jackson St. Married in 1994, Jean and Bill Maakestad will talk about how they coped with Jean’s cancer. She was diagnosed with two unrelated cancers in 1993 and 1996 […]

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SPEC of Rock Island Vicariate honored for service to people with disabilities

Shown with the Evelyn Colberg Memorial Award on April 20 are leaders of Special Persons Encounter Christ of the Rock Island Vicariate including, from left: Don Healy, SPEC board member and volunteer; Linda Matheis, SPEC director; Cassandra Martin, SPEC participant and board member of the Arc of the Quad Cities; and Samantha Sharp, SPEC president. (Provided photo)

MILAN — Special Persons Encounter Christ (SPEC) of the Rock Island Vicariate received the Evelyn Colberg Memorial Award at the first Catalyst Awards Night hosted by the Arc of the Quad Cities on April 20 at the Camden Centre here. The Arc is an organization empowering people with disabilities “to believe in their own unique […]

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