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“Alita: Battle Angel” (Fox)

Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar star in a scene from the movie "Alita: Battle Angel." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Adapted from a series of graphic novels by Yukito Kishiro by screenwriter James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez, this futuristic action adventure follows the romantic and crusading exploits of the titular cyborg (Rosa Salazar). After a specialist in human-mechanical fusion (Christoph Waltz) finds her in a garbage dump and restores her […]

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“Isn’t It Romantic” (Warner Bros.)

Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth star in a scene from the movie "I'sn't it Romantic." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service In this clever send-up of romantic comedies, an architect (Rebel Wilson) who’s a cynical critic of the genre gets a blow to the head and wakes up in a transformed version of her world, one filled with all the cliches of the films she disdains. One of her potential clients (Liam […]

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“Happy Death Day 2U” (Universal)

Jessica Rothe stars in a scene from the movie "Happy Death Day 2U." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service A science experiment gone awry once again traps the college student protagonist (Jessica Rothe) of the 2017 original in a time warp, dooming her to relive her birthday, and her murder at the hands of a masked killer during it, over and over again until she, her boyfriend (Israel Broussard) and […]

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Couples renew vows at Diocesan Marriage Mass, a divine ‘banquet of love’

Jon and Channon Rider, members of St. Mary Parish in Kickapoo, were among dozens of couples from throughout the diocese who were led by Bishop Jenky in a renewal of their marriage vows Feb. 9 during the Diocesan Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Dozens of couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria got an early and faith-filled start to Valentine’s Day celebrations by renewing their vows at the Diocese of Peoria’s annual Marriage Mass on Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomed the couples by explaining that the Mass — the […]

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Ben Rogers, the ‘go-to guy’ for Catholic Scouting in Moline, receives honor

Ben Rogers has "seen it all and done it all" in decades of involvement with Catholic Scouting in the Moline area. He was awarded the St. George Emblem by Bishop Jenky at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 10. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — His father was a cubmaster, and his mother was a den leader, so you might say that Ben Rogers came by Scouting naturally as a kid growing up in Rock Island. He and his two brothers started as Cub Scouts and worked their way up. While he took a few years off between […]

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Scouts’ service, accomplishments, faith are recognized at annual diocesan Mass

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, presents the Ad Altare Dei emblem to Joey Leffers of Bloomington, a member of Troop 20 at Epiphany Parish, Normal. Leffers was one of dozens of Catholic Scouts or American Heritage Girls who earned religious emblems in the last year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On a day when Scouts from around the Diocese of Peoria gathered to celebrate their accomplishments, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, encouraged them to use their new skills well and often. “In Scouting you are taught to be of service in this world, to make this world a better place, and you all do it […]

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“God’s Message of Divine Mercy” is focus of a Lenten day of reflection March 21

Dr. Bryan Thatcher, founder and director of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy, will present a Lenten day of reflection on Thursday, March 21, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The theme will be “Mercy Is a Way of Love: God’s Message of Divine Mercy.” It is being sponsored by the Eucharistic Apostles of […]

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‘Difficult seasons’ yield fruit with God

Shawn Reeves

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 17 Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1:1-2,3,4 and 6; 1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20; Luke 6:17,20-26 Author C.S. Lewis once wrote, “We want not so much a Father but a grandfather in heaven, a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’” The […]

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Father Ronald Dodd dies at 74; funeral is Tuesday at St. Bernard Church, Peoria

Father Ronald Dodd

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at St. Bernard Church in Peoria for Father Ronald E. Dodd, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who began studies for the priesthood after being widowed following nearly three decades of married family life. Father Dodd — a former […]

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“The Prodigy” (Orion)

Jackson Robert and Taylor Schilling star in a scene from the movie "The Prodigy." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/MGM)

By Catholic News Service Edgy creepy-kid tale in which a gifted 8-year-old (Jackson Robert Scott) born on the same day that a serial killer (Paul Fauteux) was gunned down by police shows signs of having a split personality, the darker side of which disturbs and bewilders his caring parents (Taylor Schilling and Peter Mooney). Though […]

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