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“Studio 666” (Open Road)

This is the movie poster for "Studio 666." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Deliberately over-the-top scenes of decapitation and dismemberment alternate with long periods of boredom in this comic-horror vehicle for the rock band Foo Fighters. To work on their next album, the ensemble moves into a Los Angeles-area house that, unbeknownst to them, was once the setting for a murder spree. There, guitarist […]

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Mercer County faith communities merge to form new St. Mary Magdalene Parish

The churches of the merged parishes are pictured above with an image of the new parish's patron, St. Mary Magdalene. The churches include, from left, St. Anthony in Matherville, St. Catherine in Aledo, and St. John in Viola, which was damaged beyond repair by an arson fire last May.

ALEDO — The three Catholic parishes of Mercer County have merged to form a new parish under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, signed a decree outlining the merger and establishing the new parish on Jan. 26. The parishes that have merged include St. Catherine in Aledo, St. Anthony in […]

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The Catholic Post opens subscription campaign; help ‘Spread the Word’

The Catholic Post’s 2022 Delivering Unity Campaign has begun, inviting subscriptions and support for the diocesan newspaper’s mission under the theme “Spread the Word.” To renew or begin a subscription online via credit card, click here. “The Diocese of Peoria is our large family of faith in central Illinois,” wrote Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Vermilion County faithful rally to support burn victim Sam Matthews, family

Sam Matthews is only allowed one visitor at a time at the burn center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and Alyssa Alwardt makes the trip from Hoopeston faithfully. She and Kari Matthews, Sam’s mother, have been supporting one another. (Provided photo/Kari Matthews)

DANVILLE — He is only allowed one person in his room during visiting hours in the burn center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, but Sam Matthews is never alone. He has been surrounded by prayers from people all over Vermilion County — and beyond — since the devastating fire on Feb. 5 that left him […]

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St. Bede Academy renovations retain historic character, modernize campus

As part of the renovation of the north wing, second floor, 49 of St. Bede’s 185 windows will be replaced to provide effective insulation year round. (Provided photo)

PERU — Phase III of the Legacy Project at St. Bede Academy has resumed, bringing with it the promise of 39,460 square feet of renovated teaching and learning space for the 132-year-old building. First up, the north wing of the second floor. Starting there will allow the students to be in session while the work […]

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60 U of I students deepen love for Jesus at SEEK22 in Tennessee; ripples are spreading

Students from the University of Illinois in Champaign pose with cutouts of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and St. John Paul II at a regional gathering of SEEK22 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Tennessee. (Provided photo/Ava Aubry)

Nearly 60 students from the University of Illinois in Champaign traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, in early February for a regional gathering of SEEK22, a three-day event sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) to help college students grow deeper in their love for Jesus and call them to mission. And while the dates […]

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Paul Moore: Like those home renovators on television, Jesus sees our possibilities

A statue of Jesus is bathed in morning light from an adjacent Marian stained-glass window at St. Mary Church in Metamora. (Provided photo)

Recently, I was sitting and thinking in a couple of different places that paradoxically got me to thinking along similar lines. One of these was in a dentist’s chair, while I was waiting after his assistant had settled me in and gone to get him. The chair was reclined comfortably, and the home renovation show […]

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The Divine Teacher instructs with lessons from creation

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Feb. 27 Sirach 27:4-7; Psalm 92:2-3,13-14,15-16; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 God often teaches us through his creation. Indeed, St. Paul insists that “the invisible attributes of God’s eternal power and divine nature have been clearly understood and perceived through the things He […]

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Think the church is in turmoil? New book explores history and points to hope

Reviewed for The Catholic Post by Matthew Vander Vennet As a church historian, whenever a new historical title becomes available, I get excited. “Light from Darkness: Nine Times the Catholic Church was in Turmoil — and Came Out Stronger than Before” by Steve Weidenkopf is the most recent work that caught my eye. Weidenkopf is […]

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