“Gemini Man” (Paramount)

Will Smith and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star in a scene from the movie "Gemini Man." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Tedious sci-fi action-thriller in which a highly gifted secret-ops sharpshooter (Will Smith) is betrayed by his superiors (most prominently Clive Owen), goes on the lam together with a fellow agent (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who was originally dispatched to surveil him and, after defeating a number of outclassed pursuers, winds up being […]

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Public safety workers prayed for, thanked at Blue Mass in Rock Island

Auxiliary Deputy James Schmedding of the Henry County Sheriff's Auxiliary receives Communion from Father Luke Spannagel, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Mary parishes in Rock Island, during a Blue Mass hosted at Sacred Heart Church on Sept. 29. Public safety workers from throughout the Quad Cities region attended. (Provided photo/Kelly Haertjens)

ROCK ISLAND — At a Mass during which gratitude was expressed to first responders and prayers lifted for their protection, an example of their readiness to serve played out at Sacred Heart Church here on Sept. 29. As the Gospel was proclaimed by Deacon Gayle Cyrulik — a retired police officer who is now manager […]

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Newman Centers to celebrate patron’s canonization locally and in Rome

Blessed John Henry Newman is seen in a portrait provided by the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Blessed John Henry Newman dedicated much of his life to the combination of faith and intellect at universities. So it is only fitting that college Catholic student centers, many named after the upcoming saint plan to celebrate his Oct. 13 canonization with everything from lectures to watch parties and even pilgrimages to Rome for the […]

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Pets blessed at Galesburg parish, elsewhere on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi

"You better dump the whole bucket on her," said Dolores Donaldson as Deacon Michael Crummer sprinkled her energetic, 10-month-old pug Bella Marie with holy water during the pet blessing ceremony at Corpus Christi Parish in Galesburg on Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

GALESBURG — The Bishop was late. Simba ran away. Princess Anne Marie, meanwhile, was content to look regal in her red outfit. The gathering on the grounds of Corpus Christi Parish here was not your usual prayer group. But then this was Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, and the event was […]

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Congressman tells Respect Life Dinner crowd of ‘disturbing’ national trends

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood shares a lighter moment with the record crowd at the 38th annual Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 6 at Barrack's Cater Inn in Peoria. LaHood, who represents Illinois' 18th Congressional District, called legal abortion "a scar on America." (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A member of the U.S. Congress warned a record crowd at the 38th Respect Life Dinner in Peoria on Oct. 6 of “disturbing trends” on the national level and challenged the pro-life community to have “uncomfortable conversations” with family members and others who might think differently on the abortion issue. “It’s easy when we’re in […]

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Debbie Benz named director of diocesan Office of Development and Stewardship

Debbie Benz

Debbie Benz has been appointed director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Diocese of Peoria, effective Oct. 1. A native of Champaign, Benz joined the diocesan staff in 2014 as financial operations coordinator. She has been associate director of development for 15 months. “I am delighted to have Debbie take on this […]

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Bonnie Engstrom is sharing son’s miracle story, God’s love on book, speaking tour

Diane Anderson, MaryEllen Nommensen and Marie Leatherby are happy to display the copies of "61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story of the Impossible" that were just signed by author Bonnie Engstrom. They said they have bought multiple copies of the book because they keep giving it to people who want to read it. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When Bonnie Engstrom’s new book, “61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story of the Impossible,” was done and scheduled for publication by Our Sunday Visitor in September, she knew it would have to be updated someday. That day came sooner than anyone could have guessed, however. While pre-orders were being taken, […]

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The miracle in Bonnie Engstrom’s awe-inspiring “61 minutes” book is (very) local

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione Bonnie Engstrom’s new book is literally awe-inspiring. “61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story of the Impossible” is part page-turning medical mystery story; part spiritual memoir, about faith, acceptance, and openness to the Holy Spirit; and part primer on the fascinating process of “saint-making” in the church. […]

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St. Matthew, Champaign, celebrates its IESA Class 1A state baseball championship

Players, coaches, and school officials from St. Matthew School in Champaign pose with the IESA Class 1A state championship hardware following the Raiders' 9-2 win over Jacksonville Our Saviour on Oct. 7 at the EastSide Center in East Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Matthew School in Champaign is celebrating a state championship earned by its baseball team on Monday with a 9-2 victory over Jacksonsville Our Saviour at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria. The title win followed a dramatic come-from-behind, extra inning victory on Saturday over Springfield St. Agnes in a semifinal game during the Illinois […]

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A gift from God, faith requires conversion throughout our lives

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 13 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 Both in the Old Testament, as in today’s first reading from the Second Book of Kings, and in the New Testament, as in today’s Gospel reading, those who are healed and respond in faith are […]

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