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Freedom-from-pornography ministry is part of evangelization today, priests told

Father Sean Kilcawley speaks to priests of the Diocese of Peoria who gathered Oct. 23-24 for their annual Assembly Days at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Pornography is so prevalent in our culture that working to free Catholics from it should not be viewed as a “special ministry” but rather a “foundation for the evangelization work of the church.” That was one message brought to priests of the Diocese of Peoria Oct. 23 by Father Sean Kilcawley, a priest of the […]

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“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (Universal)

The Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, is seen with Max the dog in the animated movie "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service This adaptation of Theodor Geisel’s 1957 children’s fable “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is an extravagant animated adventure, directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and narrated by Pharrell Williams. The eponymous grump (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch) lives high above the hamlet of Whoville with his loyal dog by this side. […]

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“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (Columbia)

Claire Foy stars in a scene from the movie "The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story." 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 Bitter espionage drama, set in Sweden, in which the title character (Claire Foy), a skilled computer hacker with a dark past who also dabbles in vigilantism, agrees to help a disaffected U.S. intelligence operative (Stephen Merchant) steal a program he created from the National Security Agency. Since the program enables anyone […]

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40 Spalding-Bergan vets take Honor Flight, honor the ‘Ten on the Wall’

Five of the 40 alumni of the former Spalding Institute or Bergan High School in Peoria who took part in the Honor Flight place their hands on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Their reflection creates a symbolic illustration of the "Ten on the Wall" --those graduates from the Catholic high schools in Peoria who were killed in the convlick or are missing in action. Photo courtesy OneNine Images/Andy Brophy

Our nation celebrates and thanks its military veterans this weekend, but almost a month ago the Peoria Catholic high school community remembered and honored the sacrifices of its alumni who served during the Vietnam War era. Forty alumni of the former Spalding Institute and Bergan High School who are Vietnam or Vietnam-era veterans were among […]

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Love turns the widow’s mite into might

Tim Irwin

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 11 1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7,8-9, 9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 The Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time recounts the story of the widow’s mite. Considering who this woman was and what she did, we might want to call this the story of the widow’s might. The passage begins with Jesus sternly […]

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“Nobody’s Fool” (Paramount)

Tika Sumpter, Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish star in a scene from the movie "Nobody's Fool." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service This vulgar romantic comedy from writer-director Tyler Perry traffics in a flippant, degraded view of human sexuality. At the urging of her mother (Whoopi Goldberg), a straitlaced advertising executive (Tika Sumpter) reluctantly takes in her wild, otherwise homeless ex-con sister (Tiffany Haddish) while also dealing with professional challenges (shared by workmate […]

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Catholic Diocese of Peoria removes three retired priests from public ministry

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a news release issued by the Diocese of Peoria on Thursday, Nov. 1. — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, upon the unanimous advice of the Diocesan Review Commission, has required these three retired priests to step down from public ministry due to each having credible allegations of […]

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“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (Disney)

Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant star in a scene from the movie "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Visually rich but dramatically impoverished fantasy in which, while searching for the key that will open a Christmas gift left for her by her recently deceased mother, a teenage girl (Mackenzie Foy) from Victorian London finds herself in an alternate world divided into the territories of the title. There, she learns, […]

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