“The Marksman” (Open Road)

Liam Neeson stars in a scene from the movie "The Marksman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Ryan Sweeney, Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Well-intentioned but sketchy actioner in which a gruff ex-Marine (Liam Neeson) living on the Arizona-Mexico border reluctantly undertakes to transport an orphaned refugee (Jacob Perez) targeted by the minions of a drug cartel (led by Juan Pablo Raba) to safety with relatives in Chicago. Catholic imagery puts in an occasional appearance […]

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“Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Bros.)

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine star in a scene from the movie "Wonder Woman 1984." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Clay Enos, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up to the 2017 outing for the DC Comics superhero (Gal Gadot), helmed by returning director Patty Jenkins, is an entertaining, old-fashioned popcorn movie that conveys good messages about self-sacrifice, helping one’s neighbor and the twin evils of greed and selfishness. Seven decades have passed since the action of the […]

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“News of the World” (Universal)

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel star in the movie "News of the World." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Epic adventure, set in 1870 Texas, in which a Confederate veteran (Tom Hanks) accidentally becomes the temporary guardian of a 10-year-old orphan girl (Helena Zengel) and reluctantly undertakes a journey of hundreds of miles to deliver her to her only surviving relatives. Director and co-writer Paul Greengrass’ visually expansive yet emotionally […]

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“Monster Hunter” (Screen Gems)

Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa star in a scene from the movie "Monster Hunter." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Coco Van Oppens, Constantin Film)

By Catholic News Service In adapting the eponymous video game, writer-director Paul W. S. Anderson has constructed a film made up almost entirely of action sequences untrammeled by exposition. Together with the squadron under her command, an Army Ranger (genre veteran Milla Jovovich) has fallen through a portal from Earth into a world teeming with […]

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“Fatale” (Lionsgate)

Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy star in a scene from the movie "Fatale." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Scott Everett White, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service A distant cousin to 1987’s “Fatal Attraction,” this revenge thriller, directed by Deon Taylor, ramps up the sexual tension, suspense and violence in a complex game of cat and mouse that’s as shocking as it is preposterous and, for those inclined to take it seriously, morally confused. A wealthy sports agent […]

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OSF OnCall Center blessed in downtown Peoria to house digital health programs

Deacon Joe Knapp, pastoral care and chaplaincy services manager at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, sprinkles holy water on the third floor of the newly renovated OSF OnCall building at 330 S.W. Adams in downtown Peoria. The facility will house digital outreaches providing services to patients throughout the health care system. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The blessing ceremony for OSF HealthCare’s new OnCall building in downtown Peoria on Jan. 14 was limited in scope because of the pandemic, but leaders of the spacious digital health services center took it in stride. “Honestly, how appropriate for us to launch a digital health hub digitally,” said Michelle Conger, chief executive officer of […]

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Pandemic cited among causes as diocese’s schools see an 8.2% enrollment decline

Students were welcomed back to in-person instruction at St. Mary School in Pontiac on Jan. 11. Each class was blessed by Father Adam Cesarek, pastor, and there were gifts and a complimentary lunch for the staff and an ice cream treat for the students. The Pontiac school was one of 11 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Peoria to see an increase in enrollment in the last year. (Provided photo)

In an academic year made difficult by COVID-19, enrollment has provided another challenge for the 42 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria. According to enrollment figures submitted to the NCEA Data Bank for 2020-2021, there are 9,107 students in diocesan schools — a decline of 8.2 percent. That includes a drop of 193 students […]

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2021 — The Year of Being Known

“My Vocation is Love” / Lindsey Weishar New years are often times of reorientation, of reset. We make resolutions, update our goals, give ourselves permission to dream about change in ways that fill us with anticipation. This year one of my personal hopes is to allow myself to be better known. To say 2020 was […]

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January is different because of Christmas

“In My Father’s House” / Paul Thomas Moore It was Christmas Eve, and we were in the grocery store, stocking up on some last-minute items for the big day. One of the store employees was dressed as Santa, and he was working at the check-out. Meanwhile, some other employees — no doubt his elves, were […]

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New chief medical officers named for OSF medical centers in Danville, Urbana

OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Danville and OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Urbana each have new vice presidents and chief medical officers. Now serving in those roles in Danville is Dr. Anil Gopinath. His appointment became effective Dec. 21. He comes to the Danville medical center after serving as chief […]

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