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“Overlord” (Paramount)

Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell star in a scene from the movie "Overlord." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service This weird, wild but surprisingly effective blend of war story and chiller from director Julius Avery is far too gory and gruesome for most moviegoers. Those with a taste for the macabre and a strong stomach can follow the exploits of a humane GI (Jovan Adepo) and his more ruthless commander […]

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Voters in two states OK anti-abortion measures, but Oregon funding stays

Voters line up prior to casting their ballots at a polling station in Nesconset, N.Y., on Election Day Nov. 6. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Dennis Sadowski / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — An Oregon measure that would have banned state funding for elective and late-term abortions was defeated by voters Nov. 6, while an amendment to the West Virginia constitution stating that women do not have a right to an abortion was passed by a narrow margin. Alabamans […]

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Teens walk with Jesus at Diocese of Peoria’s Abide in Me retreat in Bloomington

Father Eric Bolek carried Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to each participant in the Abide in Me diocese-wide youth retreat for a moment of personal encounter and adoration. The 40-hour retreat for high school students took place Nov. 2-4 at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington. Father Bolek is chaplain of The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign and parochial vicar of St. Matthew in Champaign and St. Boniface, Seymour. (Provided photo/Daryl Wilson)

BLOOMINGTON — Nearly 100 high school students from across the Diocese of Peoria accepted an invitation to be in Jesus’ eucharistic Presence throughout a weekend retreat called Abide in Me hosted Nov. 2-4 at Corpus Christi School here. “The whole mission of the retreat is to really give each of the youth a profound and […]

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Meet a Writer: Jim Courter of St. Paul, Macomb, pens detective mystery novel

Jim Courter is a writer and emeritus writing instructor at Western Illinois University, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a winner of an Illinois Arts Council award for short fiction. This year his first novel, “Rhymes With Fool,” a detective mystery with a Catholic protagonist, was published by Peasantry Press in Winnipeg. Courter lives in Macomb […]

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First ‘Catholic Journaling Bible’ invites creativity as it deepens user’s prayer life

Various materials can be used inside the Catholic Journaling Bible, ranging from regular pencils and pens to fancier gel pens or brush tip pens, as well as watercolor paints, colored pencils, stickers, and markers.

By Katie Bogner In centuries past, quiet scriptoriums were once filled with monks diligently copying by hand the Books of Sacred Scripture. The scribes provided texts long before the time of printing presses and would spend years making these invaluable copies. At times, it wasn’t just text that was the work of their hands. These […]

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‘Alleged miracle’ story a highlight of PDCCW convention Oct. 27

Bonnie Engstrom stands in front of a photo of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen as she concludes her presentation on the alleged miraculous healing of her son, James Fulton Engstrom, that is attributed to Sheen's intercession. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Even after eight years, Bonnie Engstrom gets choked up when she tells the story of her son’s birth and the role she believes Venerable Fulton J. Sheen played in his miraculous healing. “Officially this is an alleged miracle,” Engstrom was quick to point out at the beginning of her talk at the 2018 […]

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First year of tax credit scholarships sees ‘overwhelming demand’; donors sought

(UPDATED Nov. 9, 2018, to reflect a change of location for the Nov. 15 training meeting from the Spalding Pastoral Center to Peoria Notre Dame.) The first year of tax credit scholarships awarded as part of the Invest in Kids Act is coming to an end, but the work is just beginning for schools, parents […]

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Overall Catholic school enrollment slips in diocese, but bright spots evident

Sheila Cromien, principal of Visitaton Catholic School in Kewanee, and Father Johndamaseni Zilimu, pastor, sit in the middle of the school's students and teachers as the academic year begins. While enrollment has dropped in diocesan schools, Visitation's principal and pastor have worked to increase enrollment there by nearly 55 percent over the last five years. (Provided photo)

Enrollment in the 42 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria has declined by 307 students since last year, but there are some bright spots to be found among the numbers. With 8,185 elementary students and 2,026 secondary students, the schools enroll a total of 10,211 children. The total last year was 10,518, with 8,427 […]

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Women connect, encourage one another at convention in Champaign

Bobbi Hynes of St. Mary, Bloomington, shares a concern about those who are leaving the church as part the morning session at the 2018 biennial convention of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Speaker Joann Hillebrand said the National Council of Catholic Women was formed nearly 100 years ago to "unite the efforts of women in the church, in family and in society." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — All organizations struggle from time to time. The same is true of the National Council of Catholic Women, said former president Joann Hillebrand of Oakbrook. “There are times where you’re barely existing, where you’re having difficulty getting people to come to your meetings, having parishes affiliate. Stick with it. Eventually you’ll be strong […]

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Nazareth House retreat center razed; new complex to be completed by 2020

Nazareth House near Henry, built in 1962 and known for many years as King's House, has been razed and a new diocesan retreat center will be constructed on the site near Henry.

Construction is expected to begin next spring on a new Nazareth House retreat center complex near Henry. The former Nazareth House — built in 1962 on a bluff overlooking the Illinois River northeast of Henry and for many years known as King’s House — has been razed, according to an update given to priests of […]

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