Fr. Joseph Santa Bibiana, SDB, 87, dies in Florida; served in Champaign, Rantoul

Father Joseph Santa Bibiana, SDB

BELLE GLADE, Florida — A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at St. Philip Benizi Church here for Father Joseph Santa Bibiana Gisbert, SDB, former parochial vicar of Holy Cross Parish in Champaign and superior of the Salesian community there. Father Santa died on May 15, 2020, at Wellington […]

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Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB, dies May 15; celebrated 70th anniversary in March

Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery for 70 years, died May 15, 2020, at the monastery. She was 92. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, a private wake service and Mass of Christian Burial were planned for May 18 […]

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“Capone” (Vertical)

Tom Hardy stars in a scene from the 2020 movie "Capone." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Alan Markfield, Vertical Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Queasy biographical drama tracking the last year in the life of legendary kingpin Al Capone (Tom Hardy). Dying of neurosyphilis, the recently paroled tax evasion convict rambles around his Florida mansion hallucinating and grunting incoherently. His loyal wife (Linda Cardellini) tries to comfort him and his estranged son (Mason Guccione) works […]

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The wait is over: Bishop allows parishes to offer Communion outside churches

Father Jeffrey Stirniman, pastor, places the Blessed Sacrament in the hands of Connie Ley outside Historic St. Patrick Church in Bloomington on May 13. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is permitting parishes to make Communion available to the faithful until Masses are able to resume. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — When Feli Sebastian heard that Communion would be distributed at Historic St. Patrick Church for the first time since March 14, she put on her coat and got in the car. “Two months I’ve waited. There’s no delay,” she told The Catholic Post after receiving the Eucharist and spending a long time in […]

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“How to Build a Girl” (IFC)

Beanie Feldstein, right, stars in a scene from the movie "How to Build a Girl." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/IFC)

By Catholic News Service There’s a tension within this coming-of-age comedy, set in Northern England, between the generally upbeat personality of its precocious 16-year-old protagonist (Beanie Feldstein) and the seaminess of some of the mistakes to which she falls prey on her path to maturity. Smart but socially awkward, she relies heavily on her close-knit […]

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Multi-phase plan for reopening churches announced by bishops of Illinois

Signs such as this one at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria have been posted on church doors across the Diocese of Peoria for two months because of coronavirus pandemic restrictions. On May 13, the bishops of Illinois released a multi-phased plan for reopening churches. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

UPDATED May 20 Consulting with state and local public health officials and civil authorities, including the Office of the Governor, the Catholic bishops of Illinois have developed a plan for reopening churches and resuming public worship. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, released an executive summary of the multi-phase plan on May 13. Phase I allows […]

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‘Longing in a Time of Exile’: In solidarity, solace with those desiring the Eucharist

A tabernacle lamp burns in this photo illustration by Taryn Watkins.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following prose poem was written by Taryn Watkins, a consecrated virgin for the Diocese of Peoria, an artist, and a teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria. She submitted her work “in the hope that it it could be a source of solace and solidarity” in this time of suspended public Masses […]

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Bishop Jenky encourages Marian devotion in video message released on Fatima feast

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, addresses Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria in this screen grab from a video message released on May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Speaking from the tomb of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, he noted the media pioneer's devotion to Our Lady and how she leads the world to Jesus.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the transcript of a video message released by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on May 13, 2020, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The video itself is embedded below. I love all the wonderful  feasts of Our Lady and I think I have special devotion to today, Our Lady of […]

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“The Wretched” (IFC Midnight)

John-Paul Howard stars in a scene from the movie "The Wretched." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy IFC Midnight)

By Catholic News Service After a witch who preys on children takes possession of the wife and mother (Zarah Mahler) next door, endangering her little boy (Blane Crockarell), a teen (John-Paul Howard) who has just moved in with his father (Jamison Jones) as his parents prepare to divorce struggles to combat the evil sorceress, aided […]

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“True History of the Kelly Gang” (IFC)

Essie Davis and Orlando Schwerdt star in a scene from the movie "True History of the Kelly Gang." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/courtesy IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service Brutal reimagining of the life and legacy of Australia’s famous 19th-century outlaw, Ned Kelly, played in childhood by Orlando Schwerdt and as an adult by George MacKay. In adapting Peter Carey’s 2000 novel, screenwriter Shaun Grant and director Justin Kurzel trace the bush ranger’s volatile relationship with his fierce mother (Essie […]

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