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Finding the strength and courage to put into practice the Christian life

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 2 Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,4-5; James 1:17-18,21b-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Today’s readings tell us about three important concepts: divine wisdom, biblical justice and God’s commandment. Together, they explain the Christian life. In the first reading from Deuteronomy, Moses tells Israel that “this great nation is truly a […]

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‘Humanae Vitae’ conference speakers urge courage in living teaching on sexuality

Damon Owens, keynote speaker for a dicoesan conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical "Humanae Vitae," makes a point during one of his three presentations Aug. 18 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Acknowledging that to question contraception in today’s culture is “like talking against toothpaste and deodorant,” speakers at a diocesan conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae” invited Catholics to approach the issue with an open heart and faithfully follow Blessed Paul VI’s “clear and true teaching on the meaning of human sexuality.” “I invite […]

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‘We will arise’ from these difficult days, Bishop Jenky assures at Irish festival Mass

As he passes through a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard in the opening procession, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses the assembly gathered for Mass on Aug. 26 beneath a tent on the grounds of the Erin Feis (Irish festival) along the Peoria riverfront. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On a weekend that Pope Francis was in Ireland addressing wounds of the church caused by scandal, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those gathered for an Irish festival in Peoria on Sunday that the church will “arise with the strength of the Holy Trinity” and the prayers of the saints. “My fellow Catholic believers,” […]

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New OSF Almost Home Kids facility is blessed, set to open in late September

As project supporters and community leaders look on, Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of the boards for OSF HealthCare, cuts the ribbon during blessing and dedication ceremonies in Peoria on Aug. 24 for the new Almost Home Kids at OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria is almost ready to open — and is already fully blessed. Blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremonies took place Aug. 24 at the newly built, $8.5 million facility that will provide transitional care in a home-like setting for children with complex health needs. It will […]

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“A.X.L.” (Global Road)

Alex Neustaedter and Becky G star in a scene from the movie "A.X.L." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Gentle but bland tale of a teen motocross racer (Alex Neustaedter) who happens upon, tames and bonds with an experimental robotic war dog. With the help of the girl (Becky G) he would like to make his own, the lad tries to protect his mechanical pet from being recaptured, either by […]

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“Operation Finale” (MGM)

Ben Kingsley stars in a scene from the movie "Operation Finale." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service Directed by Chris Weitz, this movie offers a Jewish perspective not often found in World War II films. It follows a group of Israeli Mossad agents 15 years after World War II as they covertly infiltrate Buenos Aires in order to capture a high-ranking Nazi (Ben Kingsley) who has thus far […]

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“Eighth Grade” (A24)

Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher star in a scene from the movie "Eighth Grade." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/A24 Films)

By Catholic News Service All the varied horrors of middle school are on display in this low-key, moving blend of comedy and drama, written and directed by Bo Burnham. In a riveting performance, Elsie Fisher plays an unpopular teen on the brink of graduation as she yearns for the boy of her dreams (Luke Prael), […]

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“The Happytime Murders” (STX)

Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy star in a scene from the movie "The Happytime Murders." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/STX Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Pornographic felt appears to have been the concept behind this Los Angeles-set murder mystery in which down-on-their-luck puppets from a once-popular 1990s TV show interact with humans. A disgraced puppet police detective (voice of Bill Barretta) and his human former partner (Melissa McCarthy) try to solve a series of slayings victimizing […]

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Bishop Jenky asks all to pray for God’s “grace and guidance” following Pennsylvania grand jury report

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, issued the following statement on Tuesday, Aug. 21, concerning the recent reports from Pennsylvania: PEORIA, Illinois — I was truly saddened and deeply disturbed by the recent report from Pennsylvania of the sexual abuse of minors and the failures of some bishops to address of this crisis. I know that […]

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“Alpha” (Columbia)

Kodi Smit-McPhee stars in a scene from the movie "Alpha." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service The oft-repeated tale of a boy and his dog imagines how mankind discovered man’s best friend — its canine ancestor, the wolf — some 20,000 years ago in southern Europe. A sensitive teenager (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is facing a milestone: joining his father (Johannes Haukur Johannesson) and other members of the Cro-Magnon […]

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