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Remaining true to Christ in the heart of the Eucharist, not trying on our own

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/June 23 Genesis 14:18-20; Psalm 110:1,2,3,4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Sequence: Lauda Sion; Luke 9:11b-17 “Give them some food yourselves!” This command of Jesus to his apostles regarding the hungry crowds elucidates the tension that is at the very heart of priestly ministry. […]

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“Shaft” (Warner Bros.)

Samuel L. Jackson stars in a scene from the movie "Shaft." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

By Catholic News Service Viewers’ reaction to this fifth movie in a series dating back to 1971 and ultimately derived from the novel by Ernest Tidyman will largely depend on how seriously they take its title character’s tainted personal and professional morality. Undeniably violent and vulgar, director Tim Story’s film also winks at do-it-yourself justice […]

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“Men in Black: International” (Columbia)

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star in a scene from the movie "Men In Black: International." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Amusing and stylish sci-fi comedy teams an avid rookie (Tessa Thompson) and an experienced agent (Chris Hemsworth) on the titular secret force dedicated to regulating human interactions with aliens as they hunt down the extraterrestrials who assassinated a royal visitor from a distant planet. Director F. Gary Gray’s globetrotting reboot of […]

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‘Barbarous’ Reproductive Health Act signed into Illinois law by Gov. Pritzker

The image of an unborn child is seen via ultrasound. On June 12, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. The act, which was strongly opposed by the Catholic Conference of Illinois, "gives our state some of the most extremely permissive abortion laws of any state in the nation," according to Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Surrounded by proponents of the Reproductive Health Act, including State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and State Sen. Melinda Bush, chief sponsors of the legislation, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 25 on June 12 in Chicago. “Let the word go forth today, from this place, that if you believe in standing up for women’s […]

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“Late Night” (Amazon)

Emma Thompson stars in a scene from the movie "Late Night." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios)

By Catholic News Service Decidedly improbable and scattershot comedic elements give this film the look of something that had its dents hammered out in the editing room. Even so, it’s still an uplifting story, scripted by Mindy Kaling, briskly directed by Nasha Ganatra and partly based on Kaling’s own experiences as a TV scribe trying […]

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“Emanuel” (Arbella)

This is a scene from the documentary "Emanuel." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fathom Events)

By Catholic News Service Chronicling the events of June 17, 2015, when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study being conducted at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, this moving documentary celebrates the lives of the victims as well as the love and forgiveness demonstrated by the survivors and family […]

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Peoria Diocese announces court ruling on Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Diocese of Peoria issued the following news release on Sunday, June 9, 2019. See related story here: — On June 7, 2019, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, rejected the final appeal of the Archdiocese of New York seeking to overturn earlier court decisions granting permission for […]

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Legal dispute ends; Archbishop Sheen’s remains will be transferred to Peoria

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured preaching in an undated photo. (CNS file photo)

(UPDATED — June 19, 2019) The mortal remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen will soon be coming home to his native Diocese of Peoria. And that news has diocesan officials anticipating a reopening of the famed orator and media pioneer’s Cause for Beatification, leading to a hoped-for Beatification Mass that would take place in […]

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Fr. Bruce Lopez, 57, dies in Monticello; funeral Mass celebrated in East Moline

Father Bruce D. Lopez

UPDATED — June 23, 2019 A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on  June 13 at St. Anne Church in East Moline for Father Bruce D. Lopez, pastor of St. Philomena Parish in Monticello and St. Michael Parish in Bement. Father Lopez died at his home on Thursday, June 6, 2019. He was 57. Bishop […]

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