Increased seasonal flu activity leads hospitals to request limits on visitors

Increased seasonal flu activity has prompted area medical centers to ask the public to voluntarily limit hospital visits. (CNS file/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Increased flu activity has resulted in many hospitals in Central Illinois, including those in the OSF HealthCare System, to ask the public to voluntarily limit visits as a precautionary measure to protect patients, visitors, and staff from spreading the flu and other upper respiratory illnesses. News releases from OSF HealthCare in early January cited guidelines […]

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Citing flu outbreak, Bishop Jenky suggests temporary changes in liturgy practices

EDITOR’S NOTE: Citing flu outbreak concerns being reported by area hospitals, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has suggested a series of temporary changes for liturgical practices in the Diocese of Peoria.  Following is the full text of his letter sent to all parishes on Thursday, Jan. 16. — To the Pastors, Priests, Deacons, Religious, and […]

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“The Kid Who Would Be King” (Fox)

Louis Ashbourne Serkis stars in a scene from the movie "The Kid Who Would Be King." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service The Arthurian legend gets an inventive updating in this thrilling adventure that casts schoolchildren as latter-day Knights of the Round Table, destined to save the world. A 12-year-old boy (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) finds a sword stuck in a pile of rubble and pulls it out, unaware that the mythical Excalibur is […]

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“Glass” (Universal)

Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Sarah Paulson star in a scene from the movie "Glass." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal Studios)

By Catholic News Service Long on eerie atmosphere but wanting in coherence, director M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller reunites characters from two of his previous films, 2000’s “Unbreakable” and “Split” from 2016, for a prolonged meditation on the possible real-life existence of superheroes. Firmly opposed to the idea is a therapist (Sarah Paulson) who claims to […]

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“Replicas” (Entertainment Studios)

Keanu Reeves starts in a scene from the movie "Replicas." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Entertainment Studios)

By Catholic News Service After his wife (Alice Eve) and children (Emily Alyn Lind, Emjay Anthony and Aria Lyric Leabu) are killed in a car accident, a scientist (excruciatingly earnest Keanu Reeves) who has been experimenting with injecting human consciousness into robots secretly teams with a colleague (Thomas Middleditch) who specializes in cloning to create […]

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“A Dog’s Way Home” (Columbia)

Ashley Judd, Shelby the dog, Rolando Boyce and Annie Nelson star in a scene from the movie "A Dog's Way Home." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Canine cuteness abounds in this quest-based adventure, adapted by director Charles Martin Smith from the novel by W. Bruce Cameron (who co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Cathryn Michon). But various elements make the film unsuitable for the youngsters at whom it’s partially aimed. Adopted by an affectionate Denver-based medical student […]

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“The Upside” (STX)

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston star in a scene from the movie "The Upside." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/STX)

By Catholic News Service Odd-couple mix of comedy and drama in which Kevin Hart is a recent parolee for various crimes who desperately needs employment to avoid returning to prison and Bryan Cranston is an uber-wealthy quadriplegic who requires a caregiver. Director Neil Burger and screenwriter Jon Hartmere have remade a popular 2011 French film […]

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Priest returning to Tanzania, but ‘Love Repeated’ will continue good work begun

Father Simon Taabu looks over some of medical equipment that was being prepared for shipping to Tanzania by Love Repeated, an organization he founded with Nancy Davis of the Logan County Catholic Community to assist the people of Tanzania through education, medical treatment, and development efforts. (Provided photo)

LINCOLN — He may be returning to his home Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara in Tanzania, but Father Simon Taabu has planted seeds in the Logan County Catholic Community that will continue to bear fruit for years to come through Love Repeated. The organization, founded in 2012 by Father Simon and Nancy Davis of Holy Family Parish […]

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Knights’ Holy Family icon presented to Rock Island church in Fr. Logan’s memory

Members of the Honor Guard from the Knights of Columbus, Father Bader Assembly No. 1922, are pictured with an icon of the Holy Family that was presented to Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island during a Mass on Dec. 30, the feast of the Holy Family. The image, awarded by the Peoria Diocese Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, includes an inscription dedicating it in honor of Father Johnjoseph DePorres Logan, former pastor who died in early 2016. (Provided photo/Chris Mandle)

ROCK ISLAND — A framed icon of the Holy Family that has been utilized around the Diocese of Peoria for three years in conjunction with Knights of Columbus-sponsored programs has found a permanent home at Sacred Heart Church here. The image was presented to the parish by the Peoria Diocese Chapter of the Knights of […]

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“The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)

Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone star in a scene from the movie "The Favourite." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service This costume comedy-drama, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, purports to tell the true story of a royal love triangle involving 18th-century British monarch Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and two of the women in her life: Lady Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Sarah’s ambitious cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone). Playing […]

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