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“Copshop” (Open Road)

Gerard Butler stars in a scene from the movie "Copshop." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Kyle Kaplan, Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service In this tense, gritty crime drama, set in an isolated Nevada police station, a dedicated rookie officer (Alexis Louder) gets caught up in plight of a slippery con artist (Frank Grillo) with a price on his head who is simultaneously being pursued by two contract killers, one (Gerard Butler) somewhat civilized, […]

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‘Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week’ debuts 11 years after a very good miracle

Mariam Khoury Briggs, illustrator, and Bonnie Engstrom, author, of “Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week” hold a copy of their new book, which was launched Sept. 16. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — Each year as Bonnie and Travis Engstrom celebrate the birthday of their son, James Fulton, on Sept. 16, they also give thanks for the miracle that makes those birthdays possible through the intercession of Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. They believe, and the Catholic Church has decreed, that Jesus healed […]

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Peoria Heights school keeps memory of Chip Chan — alum, 9/11 victim — alive

In memory of Charles "Chip" Chan, a graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, teacher Donna Palkovic designed a spiritual bouquet for the students to sign. Adding their signatures and prayers here are fifth-graders Matthew Teran (left) and Chase Ulrich. (Provided photo)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Twenty years ago on Sept. 11, John and Julie Chan of Peoria lost their son, Charles “Chip” Lawrence Chan, in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and School here lost a brother in faith. Last Sunday, he was remembered in […]

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“Malignant” (Warner Bros.)

Annabelle Wallis stars in a scene from the movie "Malignant." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service There’s a dreary feel to the early scenes of this horror tale from director James Wan and, though it later perks up to become creatively creepy, the initially somewhat restrained gore factor goes off the charts in a climactic rampage of slicing, dicing and dismemberment. After a mysterious intruder murders her […]

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Bishop Jenky gives personal, heartfelt message as Annual Diocesan Appeal opens

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka are seen at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria in this screenshot from the 2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal promotional video to be shown at all parish Masses on Sept. 11-12.

The Annual Diocesan Appeal is vital to many church efforts in central Illinois, but this year’s campaign is especially personal for Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The appeal, to be conducted in most parishes the weekend of Sept. 11-12 on the theme “All in the Name of Jesus,” is likely to be the final one […]

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Diocese of Peoria’s schools comply with state’s mask and vaccination mandates

A masked and well-distanced choir provided music for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign on Aug. 31. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Wiillems)

Administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers in the 42 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria have been asked to comply with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order about masking in indoor public places and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of diocesan schools, said she has been directed by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Bishop Tylka to students as schools open: Ask to be guided by the Holy Spirit daily

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka processes into the Don Morris Gymnasium at Alleman High School in Rock Island as the Mass of the Holy Spirit begins Aug. 27. He also visited the five other Catholic high schools and academies of the Diocese of Peoria for Masses as the new school year began. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

DANVILLE — One of the most important teachers and guides in life is the Holy Spirit and in Masses at Catholic high schools and academies across the Diocese of Peoria, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka encouraged students to lean on the Spirit for direction as the new school year begins. In addition to celebrating a Mass […]

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‘Eternal joy’: Sister Lucia Maria professes perpetual vows with Pierced Hearts

Sister Lucia Maria Sol, SCTJM, embraces her aunt, Sister Ana Margarita Lanzas, the vicar general of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, after professing her perpetual vows on Aug. 22 in Miami. (Provided photo)

At Peoria Notre Dame High School she is known as Sister Lucia Maria Sol, but her full religious name is Sister Lucia Maria of Eternal Joy. From her smile and easy laugh, it’s easy to see where she comes by that. In fact, it’s impossible to walk away from her without wanting to give your […]

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Sister Lea’s love for, knowledge of Sheen leads to appointment as vice postulator

Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, is pictured with an image of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at the Diocese of Peoria's Sheen Museum. Sister Lea has been named vice postulator of the beatification and canonization cause of the radio and television evangelist and author. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“Humbling” is the word Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, uses to describe her appointment as the vice postulator of the cause for the beatification of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. That she was able to come up with that word is remarkable since she admits to being “totally speechless” when she received the news. “It’s a […]

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