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Women’s Care Center receives 2019 Evangelium Vitae award for pro-life work

The Women's Care Center at 7319 N. University in Peoria, shown above, is one of 32 such centers in the United States. The national Women's Care Center organization is the recipient of the 2019 Evangelium Vitae Award.

SOUTH BEND, Indiana — The national Women’s Care Center organization was presented the 2019 Evangelium Vitae Award in ceremonies at the University of Notre Dame on April 27 in recognition of its outstanding pro-life efforts. The award is named for a 1995 encyclical by St. John Paul II whose title means “The Gospel of Life.” […]

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Randy Simmons Memorial 5K Run/Walk on May 25 inspired by late PND principal

PEORIA HEIGHTS — It wasn’t unusual to see Randy Simmons running around town and his friends and Peoria Notre Dame family will honor him by doing the same thing. The inaugural Randy Simmons Memorial 5K Run/Walk is planned for Saturday, May 25, at 6 p.m. It will start and finish at Tower Park, near the […]

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Water: sacred, scary

Submerged cars are seen in downtown Davenport, Iowa, after a levee failure on April 30. (Provided photo/Christopher Mandle)

There are more than 700 references to water in the Bible. Pope Francis, in his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si” (“On Care for Our Common Home”), cites it 47 times. Water is the element used in the sacrament of baptism to symbolize the grace of God which cleanses us and gives us life. For so many […]

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Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

Pope Francis prays in front of a candle in memory of victims of sexual abuse as he visits St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin Aug. 25, 2018. Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse. The new juridical instrument is meant to help bishops and religious leaders […]

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“Pokemon Detective Pikachu” (Warner Bros.)

Justice Smith, Detective Pikachu, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, and Katrhyn Newton appear in the movie "Pokemon Detective Pikachu." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service A 21-year-old insurance worker (Justice Smith) hunts for his estranged father, a detective who may or may not have died in a car crash. He’s helped by dad’s pocket-monster partner (voice of Ryan Reynolds), a wisecracking creature he initially dislikes but eventually befriends, and by an aspiring reporter (Kathryn Newton) with […]

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“Tolkien” (Fox Searchlight)

Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins star in a scene from the movie "Tolkien." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fox Searchlight)

By Catholic News Service Sophisticated profile of the future novelist’s youth traces his passage from impoverished schoolboy (Harry Gilby) to Oxford University scholarship student and beleaguered officer in the trenches of World War I (Nicholas Hoult). Along the way, he bonds with a trio of precociously gifted peers (Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson and Tom Glynn-Carney) […]

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“Hesburgh” (O’Malley Creadon)

This is a promotional poster for the new documentary "Hesburgh," about Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, the priest who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years. (CNS/courtesy OCP Media)

By Catholic News Service Informative, though wholly uncritical, biographical documentary about Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh (1917-2015) chronicles not only his long tenure as president of the University of Notre Dame but his involvement in cold-war diplomacy, the civil rights movement and shaping the changing character of Catholic higher education. Filmmaker Patrick Creadon’s profile touches […]

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In new book, LaSalle County priest explores God’s role (if any) in suffering

Father Augustin Kassa, SMA, is parochial vicar of St. Mary in Grand Ridge, St. Patrick in Seneca, St. Theresa in Earlville, St. Joseph in Marseilles, and St. Patrick in Ransom.

EARLVILLE — Father Augustin Kassa, SMA, dedicates his new book “to the suffering members of the body of Christ.” That’s a wide target audience, since everyone — from victims of terrorism and poverty to those confronting their own illness or that of a loved one — experiences pain and suffering in their lifetimes. And the […]

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“Long Shot” (Lionsgate)

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen star in a scene from the movie "Long Shot." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Tasteless romantic comedy in which an out-of-work reporter (Seth Rogen) chances to reconnect with his former babysitter (Charlize Theron) who has since become the U.S. secretary of state and a presidential aspirant. She hires him as a speechwriter and the two fall for each other. Though the relationship is cheered on […]

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“El Chicano” (Briarcliff)

By Catholic News Service A masked vigilante prowls the dark, mean streets of the inner city, fighting crime and defending the defenseless in this first superhero film with an all-Hispanic cast, directed and co-written by Ben Hernandez Bray. A police detective (Raul Castillo), investigating a massacre carried out by the head (Sal Lopez) of a […]

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