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“The Spy Who Dumped Me” (Lionsgate)

Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis star in a scene from the movie "The Spy Who Dumped Me." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service After discovering that her boyfriend (Justin Theroux) works for the CIA, then witnessing his murder at the hands of enemy operatives, an ordinary woman (Mila Kunis), together with her best friend (Kate McKinnon), becomes entangled in the world of espionage. Forced to go on the run, the pals must also figure […]

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Leave comfort places and ‘rise up,’ charismatics urged at conference

Dodo Soglohun of Christ the King in Moline is prayed over by Father Mark Goring as the healing service at the 32nd annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference begins July 28. Many prayed to be baptized in the Spirit and come into a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit during the afternoon service. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

If members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Peoria were ever tempted to be complacent, they were encouraged to get that notion out of their heads by a speaker so filled with the Holy Spirit that she bounced up and down. “The first thing we need to do is come out of […]

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Bishop Barron visits Peoria to film segment on Archbishop Sheen for series

Bishop Robert Barron speaks in front of the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on July 21 while filming a segment on Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen for his series "Catholicism: the Pivotal Players." (Provided photo/Word on Fire Catholic Ministries)

Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, and a technical crew visited Peoria on July 21 to film footage for a segment on Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen that will be included in his new documentary series “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players.” Bishop Barron, founder of the media ministry Word on Fire, visited both St. […]

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Thank you, Nancy

Like a good book, Nancy Piccione’s more than eight-year run as regular Book Page columnist for The Catholic Post ends with a satisfying and exceptional conclusion. Instead of making herself the focus of the farewell-for-now column found here, she spotlights eight (or is it nine?) takeaways from her reviewing experience to benefit all of us. […]

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Nancy Piccione: Eight things learned in eight years of reviewing Catholic books

Nancy Piccione

By Nancy Piccione / Books and More This marks my final regular monthly column reviewing books for The Catholic Post. After more than eight years, hundreds of books reviewed, and nearly 100 columns and “Reader” profiles, I’ll be stepping away from writing book reviews to pursue other projects. To be honest, I’m uneasy about what […]

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St. Mary School, Metamora, is posting daily prayer intentions on Facebook

The Facebook post from St. Mary School in Metamora on July 29 sought prayers for the elderly. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

METAMORA — Social media promotes everything from recipes to events to political causes, but St. Mary School in Metamora has found a much better use for it. Starting in May, the school started posting community prayer intentions each day on Facebook. The effort has been so successful that it will continue and is poised to […]

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Blessing ceremony as OSF HealthCare opens its first two ‘Urgo’ locations

Deacon Joe Knapp, manager of pastoral care and chaplaincy services at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, blesses the staffs of the first two OSF Urgo locations during ceremonies on July 27 for the 10408 N. Centerway Drive location in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Calling it a “new way to meet the health care needs of busy individuals and families,” OSF HealthCare held blessing ceremonies on July 27 for its first OSF Urgo site at 10408 N. Centerway Dr., just off Knoxville Avenue in north Peoria. The term “Urgo” is derived from urgent care for people on the go. […]

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125 listen for God’s voice during summer Emmaus Days vocation awareness retreats

Participants in Session I of Emmaus Days take part in a eucharistic procession through the campus of the University of Illinois. This was the first year that St. John's Catholic Newman Center on campus hosted two of the four summer vocation awareness retreats. Session I was for young men college-aged or beyond. (Provided photo/Fiat Films)

Those leading about 125 young men and boys in a series of Emmaus Days vocation awareness retreats in the Diocese of Peoria this summer knew their work was important, but acknowledged they weren’t the real Retreat Master. “We show up and do the things we know we’re supposed to do, but it’s really Christ who […]

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Sales of former parish properties in Streator and Eagle Township announced

The former Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Eagle Township, left, and the former Immaculate Conception Church in Streator.

STREATOR — Buyers have been found for the properties associated with the former Immaculate Conception Parish in Streator and the former Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Eagle Township. Details of the sales — one finalized and one imminent — were announced by Msgr. Philip D. Halfacre, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel […]

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Bread of Life teaches truth that endures

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Aug. 5 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 When Jesus walked this earth he was referred to and recognized as “Teacher.” Today we seem to gravitate toward other titles for him, like “Shepherd.” But in the Gospels, even when a title like Shepherd […]

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