“Godzilla vs. Kong” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "Godzilla vs. Kong." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Visually spectacular but dramatically feeble creature feature from director Adam Wingard. In following up both 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Kong: Skull Island” from 2017, screenwriters Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein entangle the titular showdown in the varied strands of interaction among an ensemble cast with the result that […]

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After experiencing Divine Mercy, we must become instruments of it

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy) / April 11 Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31 As one reads this Sunday’s Responsorial Psalm, “Let the house of Israel say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’” “Let the house of Aaron say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’” “Let those who fear the Lord […]

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Paul Moore: Now is always the time of St. Joseph and his silent support

A woman lights a votive candle Oct. 2 at St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. Founded by St. André Bessette, a member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross who was canonized in 2010, St. Joseph's Oratory is the world's largest shrine dedicated to St. Joseph and Canada's largest Catholic church building. The candles spell, in French, “St. Joseph, Patron of the Church.” (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

My ears pricked up at the sound of my name. “Did you hear that, Paul? “‘Now is the time of St. Joseph,’” said our parish director of faith formation, Ileen Grebner. I’d been half-listening while gazing out the window. Now a memory flashed of long-ago teachers calling me out of my reverie. Ileen had been […]

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

St. Patrick Church in Colona is pictured. Bishop Tylka will pray for the Colona faith community on Tuesday, April 20.

Since the beginning of the year, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for the parishes of the Diocese of Peoria by name with the help of a prayer calendar. It was developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). In addition […]

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“Nobody” (Universal)

RZA, Bob Odenkirk and Christopher Lloyd star in a scene from the movie "Nobody." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Allen Fraser, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A mild-mannered suburban family man (Bob Odenkirk) gets caught up in an escalating cycle of crime and violence after thieves break into his house. What his opponents, who eventual include a Russian mob boss (Alexey Serebryakov), initially fail to realize, though, is that he is a highly skilled former military operative […]

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An invitation to ‘The Lost Art of Sacrifice’ — a powerful part of our faith

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar In a culture in which the concept of sacrifice is often either misunderstood or ignored, Vicki Burbach’s “The Lost Art of Sacrifice” invites readers to delve into a powerful part of our Catholic spirituality. A compelling image Burbach offers for understanding sacrifice is her experience of teaching swimming students how to […]

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Living the Word: Jesus is not merely king, but our Lord and the Son of God

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/March 28 (At the procession with palms) Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 — 15:47  My 6-year-old is often impatient with his siblings. Usually, it is during play, when he has imagined a very specific narrative of interaction […]

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