“The Possession of Hannah Grace” (Screen Gems)

Shay Mitchell stars in a scene from the movie "The Possession of Hannah Grace." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service Dreary horror tale in which an ex-cop (Shay Mitchell) with mental and addiction problems who now works the night shift at a Boston hospital’s morgue is confused to find one of the cadavers in her care, that of a teen girl (Kirby Johnson) who died during a failed exorcism, refusing to […]

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Peoria Notre Dame teacher sings at National Christmas Tree Lighting event

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the 96th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony near the White House in Washington. During the event, a choir from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, sang, including Sister Mary Esther Downey, OP, who teaches theology at Peoria Notre Dame. (CNS/Jim Young, Reuters)

By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service, and Catholic Post staff WASHINGTON (CNS) — Sister Mary Esther Downey, OP, who teaches theology at Peoria Notre Dame High School, was among a 10-voice choir from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from Michigan that sang at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the […]

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April Adams of Metamora explains why evangelization is ‘just loving people’

April Adams of Metamora, the new evangelization chair for the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, discusses resources that are available with Betty Grites of St. Paul Parish in Danville at the DCCW's biennial convention in Champaign on Oct. 27. Evangelization is about love, she said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

METAMORA — Evangelization. While the word stops many in their tracks, April Adams said it doesn’t have to be hard. “It’s just loving,” she said. “It’s loving people where they’re at.” When that happens, anything is possible, according to Adams, a longtime member of St. Mary Parish in Metamora and the new evangelization chair for […]

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Washington couple sees progress on priest’s ‘dream’ school in Uganda

John and Kay Grillot of Washington and Father Julius Turyatoranwa are surrounded by many of the workers who are building the campus of St. Patrick Nursery and Primary School in Isingiro District, Uganda. Behind them is the administration building (left) and dining hall (right). The school will open in February. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — Before he earned his doctorate in educational administration from Illinois State University and returned to Uganda, Father Julius Turyatoranwa often shared with parishioners his dream of building a school there. In doing so, he touched the hearts of the people of central Illinois. Now they have “touched” that dream in a very special […]

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“Creed II” (MGM)

Sylvester Stallone, Wood Harris, Michael B. Jordan and Jacob Duran star in a scene from the movie "Creed II." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service Viewers will know what to expect from this extension of the “Rocky” franchise long before they buy a ticket. Yet the tried and true, against-the-odds formula still works somehow. Early on in this chapter of the saga, the boxer of the title (Michael B. Jordan), with the help of his hard-driving […]

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“Robin Hood” (Summit)

Taron Egerton stars in a scene from the movie "Robin Hood." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Vicious anti-Catholicism permeates this otherwise merely dopey take on the classic legend. Taron Egerton as the titular outlaw teams with a Muslim warrior (Jamie Foxx) he met while fighting the film’s chronologically unmoored version of the Third Crusade to thwart the evil schemes of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) and […]

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“Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Disney)

Animated characters Ralph and Vanellope star in a scene from the movie "Ralph Breaks the Internet." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Sweet animated follow-up in which the two arcade game characters central to 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” the burly eponymous demolition specialist (voice of John C. Reilly) and his best friend (voice of Sarah Silverman), a diminutive race car driver, find both their resourcefulness and their relationship put to the test when a […]

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For impoverished children, joy will arrive in 1,014 boxes from around our diocese

Father Andru O'Brien blesses the shipping boxes containing nearly 300 Boxes of Joy that were filled at St. Jude Parish and School in Peoria. The effort was organized by Marilyn Rusk, who stands to his right. The parish's donation helped to triple the number of Christmas packages that were sent to Cross Catholic Outreach from St. Joseph in Brimfield, which served as a drop-off site for the second year. (Provided photo)

Cross Catholic Outreach was hoping to put a Christmas smile on the faces of 70,000 children through this year’s Box of Joy program, and parishes around the Diocese of Peoria provided 1,014 of those smiles. The program invites people to fill a shoebox-size container with gifts for a girl or boy in one of three […]

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Pair’s ‘Bearded Wisdom’ podcast shares faith, humor at U of I . . . and beyond

Shawn Reeves, left, director of religious education at St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign, and Heath Morber, director of music, have a rapport that makes their new podcast, "Bearded Wisdom," easy to listen to. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — It’s not often that talk about baseball cards leads to a deeper discussion about faith, but somehow Shawn Reeves and Heath Morber make it work during their new podcast, “Bearded Wisdom.” “Providing insights on Catholic culture and faith,” the podcast is part of Catholic Illini ministry at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center. Reeves […]

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Saintly wisdom on gratitude

Our consumer society will tell you that Thanksgiving is past and that the holiday shopping season is upon us beginning with the craziness of Black Friday. And that it’s just fine if Black Friday actually starts on Thanksgiving, or before. We say that while a day set aside for giving thanks is a wonderful tradition […]

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