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Respect Life Conference: Trafficking goes against everything God desires for us

Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services of the Diocese of Phoenix, addresses human trafficking in a talk Sept. 14 at the diocesan Respect Life Conference in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While many people wouldn’t include human trafficking on a list of respect life issues, it goes against everything that God desires for his people, according to Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, the last speaker of the day. “Everything that you have heard before — abortion, racism, sexism, absent fathers, the breakdown of relationships between men […]

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Respect Life Conference: Addiction to internet porn is rampant, treatable

Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, looks on as Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, answers a question about the neurobiology of addiction to internet pornography during a question-and-answer session at the Diocese of Peoria's Respect Life Conference on Sept.14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Saying that she never intended, as a woman religious, to spend so much time looking at internet pornography, Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, noted that it is one of the most common addictions in the world. “I have been looking at this topic for 15 to 20 years and every single time I look it up, […]

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Respect Life Conference: Ryan Bomberger urges youth, adults to be ‘factivists’

Speaking to the junior high and high school students during the schools session of the Respect Life Conference on Sept. 13, Ryan Bomberger engaged them in quizzes as he did some myth busting about what organizations that promote abortion are saying. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The first thing Ryan Bomberger did in his session with students from around the Diocese of Peoria on Sept. 13 was to have them stand, look at one another, and say, “I’m glad you’re alive.” Those words are very important for the man who was conceived in rape, but carried to term and placed for […]

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“Rambo: Last Blood” (Lionsgate)

Adriana Barraza and Sylvester Stallone star in a scene from the movie "Rambo: Last Blood." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Bleak, absurdly brutal swan song for the character of the title, first played by Sylvester Stallone in 1982. Working from a script by Stallone and Matthew Cirulnick, director Adrian Grunberg relies on the old trick of setting up easy-to-hate villains, then doling out their presumably just desserts. In this case, it’s […]

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“Downton Abbey” (Focus)

Dame Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery star in a scene from the movie "Downton Abbey." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Interwar elegance makes a comeback as screenwriter Julian Fellowes takes his popular ITV and PBS television series to the big screen under the direction of Michael Engler. A 1927 visit to the stately home of the title by King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) revives a long-simmering […]

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“Ad Astra” (Fox)

Brad Pitt stars in a scene from the movie "Ad Astra." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Compelling sci-fi drama, set in the near future, in which an astronaut (Brad Pitt) goes on a quest to communicate with his father (Tommy Lee Jones), a pioneer space traveler who long ago disappeared during a mission to search for extraterrestrial life from the outer boundaries of the solar system. As […]

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Benedictine Sister Marilyn Ring dies at 88; was longtime teacher, campus minister

Sister Marilyn Ring, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Marilyn (Mary Stephen) Ring, OSB, a longtime teacher and campus minister, died on Sept. 15, 2019, at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. She was 88. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the monastery chapel, 2200 88th Ave. West. A Christian wake service will follow at […]

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‘The Real Presence’ — the 19th Festival Letter of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

INTRODUCTORY LETTER: September 16, 2019 To the priests, deacons, seminarians, religious, teachers, catechists, sponsors, parish leaders, our Catholic movements and organizations, and all the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria:  I am releasing my 2020 Festival Letter at this early date in the hope that it may at least in some ways assist a […]

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Bishop Jenky releases 2020 Festival Letter early to teach on ‘The Real Presence’

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, elevates the Host during Mass at the 2018 Peoria Irish Fest. The Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the topic of his 19th Festival Letter to the Diocese of Peoria, released on Sept. 16. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Acknowledging that “for several generations” the Catholic Church has sometimes failed to effectively pass on even its core truths, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has called for all ministries of the Diocese of Peoria to be “intentionally centered” around the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The bishop’s 2,100-word teaching document, titled “The […]

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