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“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” (Lionsgate)

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek star in a scene from the movie "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/David Appleby, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Needlessly gory, this action-comedy sequel also presents a debased view of sexual intimacy between spouses. The couple are the titular contract killer (Samuel L. Jackson) and the con woman (Salma Hayek) he has just married. At the behest of a Boston police officer (Frank Grillo) working for Interpol, the duo is […]

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“A Father’s Legacy” (Cinedigm)

Tobin Bell stars in a scene from the movie "A Father's Legacy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fathom Events)

By Catholic News Service Jason Mac wrote, directed and stars in this fatherhood-themed drama, playing a reluctant armed robber who, following a heist in which he was wounded, forcibly takes refuge in the secluded cabin of a solitary widower (Tobin Bell), thus dramatically interrupting the latter’s tranquil routine. Recognizing that his captor is no hardened […]

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“In the Heights” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "In the Heights." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Vibrant musical, set in northern Manhattan’s Washington Heights, charts the efforts of a youthful bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) to return to his native Dominican Republic, the scene of his idealized childhood, and reopen the beachside bar his father once ran there. But this “little dream” has complicated implications for his warmhearted […]

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Bishop Tylka’s July parish prayer calendar

The cross above St. Patrick Church in Washington is surrounded by color in this photo from last fall. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will remember the Washington faith community on July 4 as part of his monthly prayer calendar. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name this year, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious […]

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Discovering heaven within: A review of “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar Claire Dwyer’s book, “This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity,” is an invitation to meet a new (at least she was to me) saintly friend. In short chapters that blend her own life and experiences with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity’s, Dwyer shows how this cloistered […]

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We only benefit when we consider Jesus’ risen glory and our own deficiencies

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 20 Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107:23-24,25-26,28-29,30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 My wife and I have five children, which means neither of us gets enough rest. Our home is filled with the effervescence of laughter and life but also long nights, early mornings, endless tasks, and less than adequate […]

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“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Columbia)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service The beloved characters created by Beatrix Potter in her series of children’s books stray even further from their amiable roots in this sequel to the 2018 film, a blend of live action and computer-generated animation once again directed and co-written by Will Gluck. A slick publisher (David Oyelowo) promises fame and […]

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“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service In the early 1980s, do-it-yourself exorcists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren work to clear a youth (Ruairi O’Connor) accused of a brutal murder by proving that he was under demonic control when he committed the crime. They’re aided by the accused’s live-in girlfriend (Sarah Catherine Hook) and by […]

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Top high school graduates of 2021 share future plans, lessons from pandemic

The top graduates of the Class of 2021 at the Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria are pictured near their school logos.

Following are photos and brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians of the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. We congratulate them, all Class of 2021 graduates, and their school staffs and families for their accomplishments and perseverance through this most challenging year. The top students were invited to briefly […]

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