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Bishop Jenky asks parishes to take up second collection to assist Lebanon

Men and women wait for Pope Francis to lead a prayer on a day of reflection and prayer for Lebanon in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican July 1. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has asked parishes to take up a second collection before the end of July to assist Catholics in that troubled nation. (CNS/Guglielmo Mangiapane, pool via Reuters)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has asked pastors throughout the Diocese of Peoria to take up a second collection before the end of July for Catholics living in the nation of Lebanon. “They are facing what has been called the worst economic crisis in modern history,” wrote Bishop Jenky in a letter to priests dated […]

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‘Life of No Regrets’ is theme of talks set Aug. 3-6 at Rapids City, East Moline parishes

Robert Rogers is a songwriter and author of five books.

“Know God and Live a Life of No Regrets” is the basis for a series of talks with original music that will be given by Robert Rogers at St. John the Baptist in Rapids City and St. Anne in East Moline from Aug. 3 to 6. Rogers will speak from personal experience — he lost […]

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Pro-life health center in Peoria will address women’s physical, spiritual needs

The new Destiny for Women Health Center in Peoria, set to open in late August, will be located at 2805 N. Knoxville Ave. Seen here in the foreground, the pro-life Christian outreach is right next door to Planned Parenthood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In a building next to Planned Parenthood in Peoria, work is underway to offer women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy or have other female health-related concerns a better destiny. The Destiny for Women Health Center will do so by going beyond treating the women’s physical and emotional health needs. The staff will also […]

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Pope Francis released from hospital after 10-day stay, prays at Rome basilica

Pope Francis greets police officers before entering the Vatican after being discharged from Rome's Gemelli hospital following his recovery from colon surgery in this screengrab taken from a video on July 14. (CNS/Cristiano Corvino, Reuters TV screengrab)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ten days after undergoing intestinal surgery, Pope Francis was released from Rome’s Gemelli hospital, the Vatican confirmed. In a statement released July 14, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said that after leaving the hospital midmorning, the pope visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major to say a prayer of gratitude before the […]

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Father Thomas Henseler, Cursillo and diaconate pioneer leader, dies at 85

Father J. Thomas Henseler

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Monday morning, July 19, for Father J. Thomas Henseler, a senior priest who was a pioneer leader in the Cursillo and permanent diaconate programs of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Henseler, who also served in the Diocese of Springfield as […]

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“Black Widow” (Disney)

Scarlett Johansson stars in a scene from the movie "Black Widow." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service With the Avengers ensemble of superheroes temporarily in disarray, one of its members (Scarlett Johansson), from whose moniker the film takes its title, battles a Russian villain (Ray Winstone) bent on world domination. She finds potential allies in the ostensible sister (Florence Pugh) and parents (David Harbour and Rachel Weisz) with […]

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“The Forever Purge” (Universal)

Josh Lucas, Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta star in a scene from the movie "The Forever Purge." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Attempts to lend dignity to this addition to the bloody franchise that began in 2013 by presenting it as a parable about political divisions in the U.S. fail in any way to disguise its essential brutality. Director Everardo Gout and screenwriter James DeMonaco put a Mexican American couple (Ana de la […]

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“Zola” (A24)

Colman Domingo and Taylour Paige star in a scene from the movie "Zola." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Anna Kooris, A24)

By Catholic News Service This supposedly fact-based story, directed and co-written by Janicza Bravo, is replete with pornographic content and other objectionable elements. A stripper who works by day as a waitress (Taylour Paige) befriends a fellow peeler (Riley Keough) and agrees to a weekend trip to Florida. Along for the ride are the latter’s […]

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