“Ron’s Gone Wrong” (20th Century)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Ron's Gone Wrong." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/20th Century Studios via EPK TV)

By Catholic News Service Endearing animated comedy in which a socially isolated middle schooler (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer) yearns for the robot toy that has become a status symbol among his classmates. But, when he receives one as a birthday gift from his cash-strapped, widowed dad (voice of Ed Helms) and Bulgarian immigrant grandmother […]

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Pope Francis, Diocese of Peoria open process leading to 2023 Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 10 to open the process that will lead up to the assembly of the world Synod of Bishops in 2023. (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A synod calls on everyone to become experts in “the art of encounter” in a way that is uplifting and transformative, Pope Francis said, formally opening the process leading up to the assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2023. “Celebrating a synod means walking on the same road, together” just […]

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Bishop Tylka visits Christ Child Society; thanks and encourages volunteers

Ingrid Ruscheinski shows Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka some of the garments that go into the layettes prepared for families in need by the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Members of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois were thanked for their ministry to newborns and families in need when Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka visited their Peoria workroom on Oct. 6. “I want to offer a word of encouragement and gratitude for what you are doing,” he said after touring the space, located in […]

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Paul Moore: The value of a single Mass, and the importance of a smile

The statue of Our Lady of the Smile at the National Shrine and Museum of St. Thérèse in Darien is a replica of the statue with the healing smile that Thérèse had a vision of on Pentecost Sunday, 1883. (Provided photo/Paul Moore)

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore My wife and I attended the monthly first Friday Mass at Snyder Village Retirement Community in Metamora on Oct. 1, the feast day of St. Thérèse, who promised to spend her Heaven letting fall a shower of roses. The Mass celebrant was Father Vien Van Do of […]

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Do we see what our heart longs for?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word / By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Oct. 24 Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 The Gospel of Mark is genius at describing in succinct ways the healing and miracles of Jesus. His words are often few, but the impact is not to be missed. This […]

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“Dune” (Warner Bros.)

Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet star in a scene from the movie "Dune." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Gripping sci-fi epic, adapted by director and co-writer Denis Villeneuve from the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, centers on the heir (Timothée Chalamet) to a powerful dynasty of intergalactic warriors who may also be the messiah figure foretold in various prophecies. As his clan gets caught up in the battle for […]

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“The Last Duel” (20th Century)

Matt Damon stars in a scene from the movie "The Last Duel." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/20th Century Studios via EPK TV)

By Catholic News Service Grim historical drama recounting the friendship-turned-bitter-rivalry of two warriors (Matt Damon and Adam Driver) in 14th-century France, a feud that culminated in a trial by combat after the former’s wife (Jodie Comer) publicly accused the latter of raping her. Director Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Eric Jager’s 2004 fact-based book successively tells […]

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“Halloween Kills” (Universal)

James Jude Courtney stars as Michael Myers in a scene from the movie "Halloween Kills." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Ryan Green, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Together with his script collaborators, Scott Teems and Danny McBride, director and co-writer David Gordon Green makes a ponderous effort to dignify this slaughterfest with a message about mass hysteria, the danger of mobs and vigilantism. As a result, the follow-up to his 2018 reboot of a 40-year-old horror series alternates […]

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