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“Good Boys” (Universal)

Keith L. Williams, Jacob Tremblay and Brady Noon star in a scene from the movie in "Good Boys." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Three youthful actors (Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams) are shamefully exploited as the script of this supposed comedy has them interacting with sex toys, online pornography and drugs. While the underlying implication throughout director and co-writer Gene Stupnitsky’s immoral film is, paradoxically, that the tween characters are far […]

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“The Angry Birds Movie 2” (Sony)

Animated characters Red, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, Chuck, voiced by Josh Gad, and Bomb, voiced by Danny McBride, appear in "The Angry Birds Movie 2." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service The filmmakers behind this animated follow-up to the 2016 original create not one but two romantic subplots, teach a heartwarming moral lesson about cooperation even when you don’t like someone else, throw in a slew of ’90s references to entertain the grown-ups, and mix an air of unhinged, deeply classical silliness […]

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“47 Meters Down: Uncaged” (Entertainment Studios)

Brianne Tju stars in a scene from the movie "47 Meters Down: Uncaged." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Jumpy follow-up to the 2017 original in which a quartet of American teen girls living in Mexico (Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Sophie Nelisse, and Brianne Tju) goes scuba diving in the submerged, shark-infested ruins of a Mayan city where they become trapped and are forced to fight for their lives. Returning […]

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The ‘JMJ’ on the blackboard

By Katie Bogner “As a custom which started in kindergarten, I always wrote ‘JMJ’ at the top of the blackboard, as I do on every piece of paper before I write — and which I hope will someday be on my tombstone. In answer to many letters, the public finally recognized me and the words […]

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How do our convictions, hopes measure against the message and life of Jesus?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 18 Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2,3,4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 We could not have more timely readings from Scripture than for this Sunday. Not only our country but our world seems mired in conflict and lack of compassion. It is difficult to face another day with the […]

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Sister Teresa Paul Selamat professes perpetual vows as a Franciscan

As Sister Agnes Joseph Williams looks on, Sister Teresa Paul Selamat professes her perpetual vows with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Accepting her vows is Sister Judith Ann Duvall, major superior of the Franciscan community. (Provided photo)

EAST PEORIA — Sister Teresa Paul Selamat, OSF, never saw the logic of religious life. It didn’t make sense to her on that level. Fortunately, God spoke to her heart and that’s where she heard him calling her to a vocation with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. On Aug. 6, the […]

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Maryknoll Father Mike Gould, a native of Merna, marks 65 years in priesthood

Father Mike Gould, MM

Father Mike Gould, a native of Merna who celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a Maryknoll priest this summer, is spending August in the Midwest visiting with family and reflecting on a missionary career that included almost six decades serving in Bolivia. “I’m working on a booklet of my memoirs,” said Father Gould, […]

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El Paso massacre is personal for two Maryknoll priests from our diocese

Curtis Reliford kneels next to a cross in honor of Jordan Anchando, one of the victims of a mass shooting Aug. 3 at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. Maryknoll Father Bill Donnelly, a Peoria native, serves two parishes near the site where 22 were killed and 24 injured, while Maryknoll Father Mike Gould, a Merna native, assisted there until recently. (CNS/Callaghan O'Hare, Reuters)

CANUTILLO, Texas — Two retired Maryknoll priests born and raised in the Diocese of Peoria are very familiar with how the Aug. 3 massacre at the Walmart in El Paso is deeply affecting the people of the region. “There has been a tremendous outpouring of grief and prayer and it’s still going on,” said Father […]

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