Pope: Honor martyrs by remaining faithful, working for a better Iraq

Pope Francis signs a book with a message for Syriac Catholics at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad March 5. Also pictured, from left: Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Archbishop Ephrem Yousif Mansoor Abba of Baghdad and Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad. (CNS/Vatican Media via Reuters)

BAGHDAD (CNS) — Visiting a Baghdad cathedral “hallowed by the blood of our brothers and sisters” murdered in a terrorist attack that shook the world, Pope Francis said their sacrifice must motivate faith and a commitment to working for the common good. The Syriac Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Deliverance, sometimes referred to as […]

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Site for OSF Cancer Center technology addition is blessed in Bloomington

Father Rogers Byambaasa, AJ, chaplain at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, blesses the building site for the new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator at the OSF Cancer Center during groundbreaking ceremonies March 4. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Cancer treatment options continue to expand on the campus of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center here. On March 4, OSF HealthCare leaders blessed and broke ground for a major technology addition to the evolving OSF Cancer Center, located on the first floor of the OSF Center for Health at 210 St. Joseph […]

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“Raya and the Last Dragon” (Disney)

This is a scene from the animated move "Raya and the Last Dragon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service To defeat the dark force that has brought turmoil to her once-tranquil world and turned many of its inhabitants into stone statues, a teen (voice of Kelly Marie Tran) teams with a dragon (voice of Awkwafina) on a quest to reunite the five fragments of a magical gem that, once made […]

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“Boogie” (Focus)

Taylor Takahashi and Pop Smoke star in a scene from the movie "Boogie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/David Giesbrecht, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Streetwise and sullen sports drama in which the aspirations of a New York City high school basketball star (newcomer Taylor Takahashi) to gain a college scholarship and eventually join the NBA are hindered by several factors. These include his disrespect for all but one (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) of his fellow players, […]

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Sister Denise Vrombaut, OSB, 87, dies; funeral Mass planned for March 5

Sister Denise Vrombaut, OSB, was a member of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island for nearly 70 years. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND – A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, March 5, for Sister Denise Vrombaut, OSB, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery for nearly 70 years. Due to COVID-19 protocols, the 9:30 a.m. liturgy is private, but will be livestreamed from the monastery chapel. Burial […]

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Pope says he cannot disappoint Iraqis, asks prayers for March 5-8 trip

Women stand near a poster of Pope Francis in Baghdad on March 3. Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq March 5-8. (CNS photo/Khalid al-Mousily, Reuters)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the same day that 10 rockets hit an air base in Iraq, Pope Francis said he had to travel to the country because he could not disappoint them. “The Iraqi people are waiting for us; they awaited St. John Paul II, who was […]

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Bishops address concern over Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s abortion link

Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are seen during the phase 3 ensemble period in this undated photo. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of the company's one-shot vaccine Feb. 27. (CNS photo/Johnson & Johnson, Handout via Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, approved Feb. 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raises moral concerns because it was “was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines,” the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees said March 2. The bishops concluded, however, that “while we should […]

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“The Mauritanian” (STX)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a scene from the movie "The Mauritanian." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Graham Bartholomew, STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Director Kevin Macdonald’s fact-based film doesn’t adhere to the conventions of a legal drama or a police procedural. Instead, it focuses on the moral implications of the struggle to free a falsely accused prisoner (Tahar Rahim), with brilliant results. In adapting Mohamedou Ould Salahi’s 2015 memoir “Guantanamo Diary,” screenwriters M.B. Traven, […]

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“Tom & Jerry” (Warner Bros)

This is the movie poster for "Tom & Jerry." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service More than 80 years after their creation by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the cat and mouse of the title remain natural-born enemies in their latest comedic adventure, a blend of live action and computer-generated animation. When rodent Jerry takes up residence behind the floorboards of a posh New York hotel, a new […]

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