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“Life Itself” (Amazon/Stage 6)

Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac star in a scene from the movie "Life Itself." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios)

By Catholic News Service Pretentiousness and sentimentality weigh down this drama from writer-director Dan Fogelman. It’s a collection of interlocking, intergenerational stories that begins with a couple (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) happily expecting the arrival of a daughter, then follows the baby’s life as both a child (Kya Kruse) and a grown-up (Olivia Cooke) […]

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“The House With a Clock in Its Walls” (Universal)

Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Jack Black star in a scene from the movie "The House With a Clock in Its Walls." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service After his parents are killed in an accident, a 10-year-old boy (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his eccentric uncle (Jack Black), who turns out to be a warlock. Having mastered some of the rudiments of his new guardian’s craft, the lad assists him and his best friend (Cate Blanchett), a […]

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Believe in ‘something’? Our catechists believe in, and share love for, Someone

“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” So encourages former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the latest Nike advertising campaign. Kaepernick is a polarizing figure for many, since in 2016 he began the practice of kneeling on one knee rather than standing while the U.S. national anthem is played before sporting events. Others […]

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Senior living community in Normal is acquired by Franciscan Ministries

The Village at Mercy Creek is the first outreach in the Diocese of Peoria for Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, has acquired a senior living community here as its first expansion into the Diocese of Peoria. Now known as The Village at Mercy Creek, the facility near the intersection of Raab and Towanda Barnes roads was built in 2012 and includes 60 one- and […]

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Dr. Clement P. Cunningham, papal and diocesan honoree from Rock Island, dies

Dr. Clement P. Cunningham

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian burial was offered Sept. 7 at St. Pius X Church here for Dr. Clement P. Cunningham, a former president of the National Catholic Federation of Catholic Physician Guilds who received papal and diocesan honors but is remembered as a humble man with unwavering faith and conviction. Cunningham, a […]

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St. Thomas School, Philo, breaks ground for Trost Learning Center, Gymnasium

Taking shovels in hand, Trost family members Jayden and Addisyn Matthis (with their mother, Heather); Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria; Father Keith Walder, pastor; Lisa Doughan, principal; Dalton Carmien, Student Council president; and parish trustee Jim Deters break ground for the new Trost Learning Center and Gymnasium at St. Thomas School in Philo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PHILO — “Gratitude” is one of the virtues the students at St. Thomas School are focusing on this year and there was plenty to go around Sept. 13 when ground was blessed and broken for the new Trost Learning Center and Gymnasium. Father Keith Walder, pastor, called it “a monumental day.” “We ask God to […]

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“A Simple Favor” (Lionsgate)

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in a scene from the movie "A Simple Favor. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Lurid thriller in which a mild-mannered young widow (Anna Kendrick) strikes up an unlikely friendship with the sophisticated, hard-bitten mother (Blake Lively) of one of her son’s classmates. But when her new pal mysteriously disappears and she tries to track her down, she discovers just how little she really knew about […]

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“White Boy Rick” (Columbia)

Richie Merritt and Matthew McConaughey star in a scene from the movie "White Boy Rick." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Somber fact-based drama, set in 1980s Detroit, chronicling the unlikely adventures of Rick Wershe (Richie Merritt) who, at the age of 14, became the youngest FBI informant in history, posing as a drug dealer. He then went on to sell narcotics for real in an attempt to break out of the […]

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“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” (Pure Flix)

The Rev. Billy Graham is portrayed by his grandson Will Graham in a scene from the movie "Unbroken: Path to Redemption." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service More artful than many faith-motivated movies, this sequel and conversion story continues the biography of Olympic runner-turned-war-hero Louie Zamperini (likable Samuel Hunt). Having survived the downing of his plane over the Pacific, a long period adrift at sea and torturous captivity by the Japanese, events related in the 2014 original, helmed […]

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Image of Mary enshrined in Bloomington as presence of Indian Catholics grows

The statue of Our Lady of Good Health (Vailankanni, India) is carried throughout St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, while members of the assembly pray the rosary as they follow in procession. Taking the Blessed Mother to a place of honor in the church are (from left) Carlo Selvaraj, Francis Gonsalves, Paul Prabhu, and Joachim Roshan. Not seen on the far side are Xavier Madanu and Christuraj A. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — As she always has, the Blessed Virgin Mary brought people together and then pointed them to her Son as the Indian Catholics of Bloomington-Normal celebrated the feast of her nativity on Sept. 8 at St. Patrick Church of Merna. The Mass included the blessing of a statue of Our Lady of Good Health, […]

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