“John Wick: Chapter 4” (Lionsgate)

Keanu Reeves stars in a scene from the movie “John Wick 4.” The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Murray Close, Lionsgate)

By OSV News Close to three hour-long festival of fatality in which the hitman of the title (Keanu Reeves) continues his struggle to break free of the ultra-powerful behind-the-scenes criminal empire that once claimed his allegiance. Testing his mettle this time out are a foppish French nobleman (Bill Skarsgård), a nameless bounty hunter (Shamier Anderson) […]

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“In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis” (Magnolia)

This is a scene from the documentary "In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis." The OSV News classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (OSV News photo/Archivo Vatican Media, courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

By OSV News Despite its depiction of some of the world’s most pressing problems, filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi’s polished and uplifting documentary maintains a tranquil tone as it looks back over the more than 30 international journeys undertaken by Pope Francis during the first nine years of his pontificate. As he globe-trots from the halls of […]

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“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (Warner Bros.)

Zachary Levi, front, stars in scene from the movie “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Warner Bros.)

By OSV News Grown-ups in search of action, special effects and some humorous dialogue will be satisfied with this sequel to the 2019 origin story of the titular DC Comics character. Yet, though diverting, returning director David F. Sandberg’s extension of his story is overburdened with lore and less than memorable. After the three daughters […]

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Paul Thomas Moore: WWD&JD — What would Dad and Jerry do?

In My Father’s House l Paul Thomas Moore EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Paul Thomas Moore’s last regular column. He will return to the pages of The Catholic Post in the April 2 issue, however. More to come. . . . — This column began when I jotted down my reflection on the eve of Advent 2018, […]

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How are we sharing God’s light?

Living the Word l Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) l March 19 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Both the first reading and the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent provide great drama. In the reading from the book of Samuel the focus is on the selection […]

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Proud to be Irish and Catholic at St. Patrick’s Mass and parade in Peoria

The float designed by the Diocese of Peoria invited people to "Live Like an Irish Saint" during the 41st St. Patrick's Day parade in Peoria March 17. Bishop Louis Tylka walked in front, while St. Patrick (Stephen Berlinger) walked behind. The back of the float had Bishop Tylka's coat of arms and episcopal motto, "Go Make Disciples." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“Everyone should be proud of their heritage, but we have better music and better food,” said Rita O’Neil Loyd, who was selected as Irish Mother of the Year for 2023 by the St. Patrick’s Society in Peoria. Few would have disagreed with her as the city’s 41st St. Patrick’s Day parade stepped off. Taking part […]

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Jan Smith, pro-life champion and founder of Family Resources Center, dies at 88

Jeannette A. "Jan" Smith

MORTON — A funeral was held on March 16 for Jeannette A. “Jan” Smith, the founder and longtime director of the Family Resources Center in Peoria. She was 88. Mrs. Smith died March 11, 2023, in Morton. “I learned with sadness about the death of Jan Smith,” said Father William Miller, chair of the Diocesan […]

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Third video in ‘Five Foundations’ series released, focuses on fostering vocations

Sister M. Bernadette, FSGM, and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck have a conversation about vocations, starting with everyone’s call to holiness, for the third video in a series on Bishop Louis Tylka’s “Five Foundations.” The video was released March 14. (Provided photo)

Everyone has a vocation. “We are all called to discern how best to serve the Lord, the church, and our communities,” said Bishop Louis Tylka as he introduced the third video in a series about the “Five Foundations” on which he hopes the Diocese of Peoria will build a “mission-driven, vibrant church of tomorrow.” As […]

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