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“The Mauritanian” (STX)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a scene from the movie "The Mauritanian." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Graham Bartholomew, STXfilms)

By Catholic News Service Director Kevin Macdonald’s fact-based film doesn’t adhere to the conventions of a legal drama or a police procedural. Instead, it focuses on the moral implications of the struggle to free a falsely accused prisoner (Tahar Rahim), with brilliant results. In adapting Mohamedou Ould Salahi’s 2015 memoir “Guantanamo Diary,” screenwriters M.B. Traven, […]

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“Tom & Jerry” (Warner Bros)

This is the movie poster for "Tom & Jerry." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service More than 80 years after their creation by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the cat and mouse of the title remain natural-born enemies in their latest comedic adventure, a blend of live action and computer-generated animation. When rodent Jerry takes up residence behind the floorboards of a posh New York hotel, a new […]

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“Blithe Spirit” (IFC)

Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens star in a scene from the movie "Blithe Spirit." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Angus Young, IFC Films)

By Catholic News Service As part of the research for a screenplay he’s writing, a celebrated crime novelist (Dan Stevens) invites a well-meaning but inept medium (Judi Dench) to conduct a seance at his home, during which she unwittingly conjures up the specter of his late wife (Leslie Mann), significantly complicating his relationship with his […]

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Pray with Bishop Tylka: Here is his parish, religious community list for March

Of course a parish under the patronage of St. Patrick is on Bishop Tylka's list for March 17, St. Patrick's Day. In 2021 it will be St. Patrick Parish in LaSalle, whose historic church is pictured here.

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for the parishes of the Diocese of Peoria by name with the help of a prayer calendar he developed with Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception — also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans. In addition to the parishes, the calendar […]

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Local first-time authors pen books on God’s grace, providence, life’s milestones

From left are Joyce Heiple of Germantown Hills, author of "Grace Through the Seasons"; Steve Mamanella, former diocesan communications director, author of "Providential"; and Ottawa Marquette Academy teacher Clara O'Neal, author of "You're on Your Way!"

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Feb. 28 edition of The Catholic Post included stories on three first-time authors with ties to the Diocese of Peoria who have recently had their books published. We’ll start their stories on this page, and link to the full accounts. — AUTHOR JOYCE HEIPLE HOPES THE MEMORIES SHE SHARES AWAKEN OTHERS TO […]

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Brother Marion “Daniel” Sanchez, OSB, LaSalle native, dies unexpectedly at 29

Brother Marion Sanchez, OSB

LASALLE — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 22 at St. Patrick Church here for Brother Marion “Daniel” Sanchez, OSB, a LaSalle native who was a Benedictine Brother of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. Brother Marion died unexpectedly on Feb. 16 at the rectory of St. Mary Parish in Milaca, Minnesota. He […]

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Lent offers us the opportunity to ponder and sacrifice for what is truly lasting

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday of Lent / Feb. 28 Genesis 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18; Psalm 116:10,15,16-17,18-19; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 Working with engaged couples, I am sometimes dismayed to see how much more planning and imagination has gone into the wedding day than the marriage. The vast majority of couples I have worked with […]

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Katie Faley: Grateful for the 100-year life and wisdom of my Grandpa Faley

Catholic Post columnist Katie Faley is pictured with her grandfather, Mike Faley. Mr. Faley died on Feb. 14, 2021, at the age of 100. (Provided photo)

Cause of Our Joy / Katie Faley My grandfather, Mike Faley, lived 100 years before peacefully passing away this past Valentine’s Day. When my grandmother died in 2004, Grandpa started coming to my family’s home for dinner every night, eventually moving in last year. I got a front row seat to the vast wisdom of […]

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Paul Moore: Ash Wednesday heavenly freckles and the smudge of contrition

Father Joe Hogan distributes ashes 2021 sprinkle-safe style to Dr. Kevin Gray during an evening Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 17 at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mahomet. (For The Catholic Post/Greg Taylor Photography)

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore My daughter Sarah did her post-graduate studies in Ireland, and she mentioned something she’d noticed there on Ash Wednesday. Her friend Ruth had come into the classroom (ironically, in Hebrew the name Ruth means “friend”), and Sarah greeted her with a nod and smile. However, Sarah did […]

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Catholic Spirit Radio to mark decade of service in Bloomington-Normal, beyond

Catholic Spirit Radio — serving McLean, Livingston and Logan counties — will mark 10 years since its founding in Bloomington-Normal on March 9. The station is an affiliate of EWTN Global Catholic Radio, and the network will air a message about the anniversary throughout the day. According to a station history compiled for the anniversary, […]

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