“F9: The Fast Saga” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "F9: The Fast Saga." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service His past comes back to haunt the retired leader (Vin Diesel) of a crew of street racers when his estranged brother (John Cena) turns out to be the muscle behind the effort of a dictator’s evil son (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) to obtain a high-tech weapon that will give the villain world […]

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“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” (Lionsgate)

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek star in a scene from the movie "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/David Appleby, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Needlessly gory, this action-comedy sequel also presents a debased view of sexual intimacy between spouses. The couple are the titular contract killer (Samuel L. Jackson) and the con woman (Salma Hayek) he has just married. At the behest of a Boston police officer (Frank Grillo) working for Interpol, the duo is […]

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Five-year strategic planning process aims to strengthen diocesan high schools

Dr. Bob Tift of Partners in Mission talks with Brooke Rick, principal of Marquette Academy in Ottawa, and her team during the "soft launch" of a new strategic planning process for Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria on June 10. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria have begun a strategic planning process with the goal of not only growing stronger in terms of Catholic identity and living their mission, but also supporting their mission in new and creative ways over the next five years. A “soft launch” of the collaboration between Partners in […]

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“A Father’s Legacy” (Cinedigm)

Tobin Bell stars in a scene from the movie "A Father's Legacy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fathom Events)

By Catholic News Service Jason Mac wrote, directed and stars in this fatherhood-themed drama, playing a reluctant armed robber who, following a heist in which he was wounded, forcibly takes refuge in the secluded cabin of a solitary widower (Tobin Bell), thus dramatically interrupting the latter’s tranquil routine. Recognizing that his captor is no hardened […]

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“In the Heights” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "In the Heights." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Vibrant musical, set in northern Manhattan’s Washington Heights, charts the efforts of a youthful bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) to return to his native Dominican Republic, the scene of his idealized childhood, and reopen the beachside bar his father once ran there. But this “little dream” has complicated implications for his warmhearted […]

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Three questions to consider before posting or commenting on social media

Is social media a blessing or a curse? Arguments for the latter would point to the addictive nature of the likes of Facebook and other interactive technologies, how they actually decrease face-to-face communication skills, and the divisiveness and nastiness seen online, especially in comments. But among the positives is how quickly a prayer request can […]

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Bishop Tylka’s July parish prayer calendar

The cross above St. Patrick Church in Washington is surrounded by color in this photo from last fall. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will remember the Washington faith community on July 4 as part of his monthly prayer calendar. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name this year, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious […]

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In ‘The Jesus Diary,’ Pontiac parishioner tells fictional account of an eyewitness

PONTIAC — Imagine being present for many of the miracles and teachings during the earthly life of Jesus. Dave Mishur, a member of St. Mary Parish here, did just that in recent months. The result is “The Jesus Diary,” the first book by the retired newspaper columnist and public relations consultant. In the fictional account […]

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Discovering heaven within: A review of “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar Claire Dwyer’s book, “This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity,” is an invitation to meet a new (at least she was to me) saintly friend. In short chapters that blend her own life and experiences with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity’s, Dwyer shows how this cloistered […]

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We only benefit when we consider Jesus’ risen glory and our own deficiencies

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 20 Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107:23-24,25-26,28-29,30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 My wife and I have five children, which means neither of us gets enough rest. Our home is filled with the effervescence of laughter and life but also long nights, early mornings, endless tasks, and less than adequate […]

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