‘In the name of God, stop now!” Church leaders react to attacks on Ukraine

A family carrying their belongings walks at the border crossing between Poland and Ukraine in Medyka, Poland on Feb. 24 after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in Ukraine. (CNS/Reuters)

FLORENCE, Italy (CNS) — European Catholic leaders appealed for peace and expressed alarm about the potential for “a humanitarian catastrophe” after Russia attacked Ukraine. “In the name of God, stop now!” wrote Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, Lithuania, president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. Writing from a conference in Florence, Italy, he said […]

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Pope calls for day of prayer, fasting for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday

A woman lights a candle as she attends a prayer service at St. Michael's Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Kyiv on Feb. 20. People from homes in eastern Ukraine are already headed west, where church leaders are preparing to shelter them. )CNS/Reuters)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the threat of war loomed over the world, Pope Francis called on people to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday. Before concluding his general audience Feb. 23, the pope called on believers and nonbelievers to combat the “diabolical […]

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“Dog” (MGM)

Channing Tatum and Lulu, a Belgian Malinois, star in a scene from the movie "Dog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/SMPSP, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Channing Tatum co-directed and stars in this quirky, good-natured but not family-friendly road movie. He plays an ex-Army Ranger who, in exchange for the promise of a much-needed professional recommendation from his former commander, reluctantly agrees to transport a psychologically scarred war dog to the funeral of her handler. As scripted by […]

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“Uncharted” (Columbia)

Sophia Ali and Tom Holland star in a scene from the movie "Uncharted." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Clay Enos, Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Tiresome treasure hunt tale, adapted from a series of video games by director Ruben Fleischer. The younger (Tom Holland) of two orphaned brothers, having grown up to be a bartender and petty thief, is contacted by a mysterious adventurer (Mark Wahlberg) who claims to have known his long-lost sibling and, partly […]

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A retrospective: 20 years of diocesan leadership by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, receives applause as he is seated for the first time in the Bishop's Chair at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria during his Mass of Installation on April 10, 2002. (For The Catholic Post/Patrick Murphy-Racey)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following retrospective was published in a special issue of The Catholic Post dated Feb. 13, 2022. The full edition may be viewed here: — As we begin our look back at some of the highlights of Bishop Jenky’s two decades of leadership in the Diocese of Peoria, we acknowledge that this review […]

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Married couples blessed, called to witness God’s love to the world

Galen and Jennifer Baxter of St. Patrick Parish in Raritan and couples throughout St. Mary's Cathedral kiss after their marriages were blessed by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka during the Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 12. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In the 1970s, The Carpenters had a hit song called “Top of the World” that spoke of the bliss of being in love. At the Diocese of Peoria’s Marriage Mass on Feb. 12, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka told married couples from throughout the diocese than even when they feel totally blessed by their relationship, God […]

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“Marry Me” (Universal)

This is the poster for the movie "Marry Me" starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Generally amiable romantic comedy charting the unlikely relationship between a world-famous singing star (Jennifer Lopez) and a dedicated but obscure math teacher (Owen Wilson). After discovering, moments before her mega-media-event wedding, that her equally prominent fiance, also a vocalist (Maluma), has been cheating on her, she summons the instructor out of […]

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The sick must be cared for in body and soul, says Pope Francis

People in wheelchairs wait for the start of Mass marking World Day of the Sick, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Feb. 11. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Caring for the sick means not only healing the wounds of the body but also those that afflict the soul, Pope Francis said. “Care cannot be divided because the human being cannot be divided. We could — paradoxically — save the body and […]

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Bishop Jenky is reflective, grateful ahead of 20th anniversary and 75th birthday

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will mark the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and celebrate his 75th birthday on March 3. (File photo by Nellie Gould)

Between COVID isolation and “getting creaky” as he ages, the last two years have afforded Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, much time for solitude and reflection. “I’m living almost like a Carthusian monk,” the bishop acknowledged as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and […]

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An open letter from OSF HealthCare

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following guest commentary from OSF HealthCare was received by The Catholic Post on Feb. 3 and published in The Catholic Post dated Feb. 13, 2022. It was signed by Sister Diane Marie McGrew, OSF, president of OSF HealthCare, and Mike Cruz, MD, chief operating officer of OSF HeathCare. — Throughout OSF HealthCare, […]

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