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“Dumbo” (Disney)

Colin Farrell, Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins star in a scene from the movie "Dumbo." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service Lush but insubstantial live-action reimagining of the 1941 animated classic, set in 1919, in which the young elephant of the title becomes a pawn in a struggle to profit from the fact that his outsized ears enable him to fly. Out to protect him are a wounded and recently widowed World […]

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“The Beach Bum” (Neon)

Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg star in a scene from the movie "The Beach Bum." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Neon)

By Catholic News Service Relentlessly immoral and annoying comedy follows the exploits of a boorish hedonist (Matthew McConaughey) who is also, supposedly, a gifted writer as he pursues a Bohemian lifestyle in the Florida Keys. His rich wife (Isla Fisher) supports his antics even as she carries on an affair with one of his closest […]

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In Springfield, Illinois bishops, others urge rejection of ‘extreme’ abortion bills

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago gives the opening statement at a press conference hosted by the Catholic Conference of Illinois regarding extreme abortion legislation being considered by the Illinois General Assembly. It was held at the State Capitol in Springfield on March 28 and included (from left) Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of Peoria; Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet; Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield; Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford; and Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

SPRINGFIELD — Hoping to avoid the “devastating” impact proposed abortion legislation would have on women and their unborn children, as well as the conscience rights of health care professionals, the bishops of Illinois have called on lawmakers to reject the bills, which have been called “extreme.” “Who lives? Who dies? Who decides? The state and […]

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‘Unplanned’ is a well-timed movie

Abby Johnson, portrayed by Ashley Bratcher, reacts to what she is seeing on the ultrasound screen while assisting with an abortion in this clip from the movie "Unplanned." The movie will officially be released March 29. (CNS photo/courtesy www.Unplannedfilm.com)

It would be fair to ask why so much of our commentary page is given over to the soon-to-be released film “Unplanned,” the story of Abby Johnson. There are movies released every week, some with religious or even specifically Catholic themes or storylines. We regularly post Catholic News Service movie reviews on our website.  Why […]

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Former model calls teens to choose ‘authentic love’ at Diocesan Youth Rally

Following an afternoon of talks, games, adoration, and the sacrament of reconciliation on March 23, participants in the Diocesan Youth Rally make their way from the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria to St. Mary's Cathedral for a closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Every day presents choices between authentic love and imitation love, and a former fashion model urged 150 teens attending the 2019 Diocesan Youth Rally on March 23 to say “yes” to authentic love. “Too often our world distorts love and says it’s just about this act or this feeling and you can do whatever you […]

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Children’s ADA to support Totus Tuus, Emmaus Days, Priests Pedaling for Prayers

The sight of three bicycling young priests energized school communities around the Diocese of Peoria the last two springs. This year, young Catholics will have a chance to support the Priests Pedaling for Prayers in a new way even before the ride begins. The pedaling priests are one of three vocations programs that will benefit […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal opens April 6-7; video to be shown at all parish Masses

This year's theme and poster image for the Annual Diocesan Appeal are inspired by the Gospel story of Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and fishes to feed 5,000.

Gifts to the 2019 Annual Diocesan Appeal — which opens in parishes across the Diocese of Peoria next weekend, April 6-7 — will not only transform the lives of people the donors may never meet, but they may do the same for someone very close to home: The givers themselves. So says Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Bartonville parishioners are preparing ‘Bags of Easter Gladness’ for shut-ins

Lynne Kelch, left, co-chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee of St. Anthony Parish in Bartonville, and committe member Cindy Barnett display "Bags of Easter Gladness" ready to be filled for residents of the Farmington Country Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as well as area shut-ins. (Provided photo)

BARTONVILLE — Taking a cue from the “Box of Joy” effort to provide Christmas gifts to children in developing countries, members of St. Anthony Parish here are filling “Bags of Easter Gladness” to share the joy of the Resurrection with people closer to home. The bags — filled with items such as jigsaw puzzles, socks […]

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Catholic Women’s League marking 125 years of spreading charity, serving Christ

Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, an archivist for the Diocese of Peoria, and Gail Kruse (right), secretary for the Catholic Women's League, accept CWL files that had been stored at Bradley University from Linda Aylward, special collections assistant. The Peoria Historical Society had taken the materials in 1996 and stored them as part of Bradley's collection. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Tracing the history of the Catholic Women’s League is like getting a glimpse of the last 125 years in central Illinois — and the United States. It started with a small group of women who came together on Feb. 20, 1894, “to sew and see what could be done for those who needed help in […]

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Taryn Watkins, artist and teacher, shares her gift while on pilgrimage . . . to heaven

Artist Taryn Watkins, seen here with a favorite piece, likes to work in egg tempera, acrylic and oil, as well as water color. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Taryn Watkins has made some long and arduous pilgrimages in her young life, traveling 500 miles through France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and 1,200 miles from Canterbury, England, to Rome along the Via Francigena. There have been shorter pilgrimages, too, such as the mile she used to walk intentionally from where she […]

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