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Fr. Robert Weakley, OFM, Peoria native, former pastor in Germantown Hills, dies

Father Robert Weakley, OFM Conv.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Father Robert “Bob” Weakley, OFM, a Peoria native who served as pastor of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills for nine years, died on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Friary in Cincinnati. He was 80. Franciscan friars, family, and friends will receive Father Bob’s body at […]

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March for Life speakers confident about abortion law changes but see work ahead

People walk up Constitution Avenue headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court while participating in the 49th annual March for Life in Washington on Jan. 21. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Speakers at the annual March for Life on Washington’s National Mall Jan. 21 spoke of a likely tipping point in the current protest against legalized abortions in the United States, but they also urged the crowd to remain vigilant in their advocacy and support for […]

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Fr. Richard Brunskill, 77, dies; visitation, funeral Mass are in Chatsworth Jan. 27

Father Richard Brunskill

CHATSWORTH — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Church here at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, for Father Richard W. Brunskill, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and the former pastor of nine of its parishes. Father Brunskill died on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at […]

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“Scream” (Paramount)

This is the movie poster for "Scream." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive.(CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Meta-stupid slasher flick in which a high school student (Jenna Ortega), her estranged older sister (Melissa Barrera) and the senior sibling’s boyfriend (Jack Quaid), among others, find themselves in the path of a copycat serial killer intent on upholding the homicidal tradition that has periodically plagued a small rural town and […]

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“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” (Amazon)

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

By Catholic News Service Thin fourth installment in the animated franchise that kicked off in 2012, directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska. Ongoing tension between the proprietor of the titular hostelry, Count Dracula (voice of Brian Hull), and his free-spirited human son-in-law (voice of Andy Samberg) leads to the transformation of the former into […]

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Wedding at Cana offers opportunity to chronicle nature of Jesus’ ministry

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word/By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 16 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 The Scriptures are replete with marital language. Creation concludes with a marriage (Genesis 2:24-25); the poetic drama Song of Songs is pregnant with spousal imagery; the prophets persistently use marriage as a metaphor for divine […]

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Round-up of Respect Life events in diocese to mark abortion ruling anniversary

Several prayerful and educational events are planned in the Diocese of Peoria near the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

Parishes, schools and organizations around the Diocese of Peoria will make the case for life from conception until natural death by hosting Masses and a variety of other events in the days to come in commemoration of the Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion in 1973. On the diocesan level, a Mass for the Legal […]

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Transcript of the homily at the funeral Mass for Fr. James Henning, OFM Conv.

Father James Henning, OFM Conv.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full transcript from the homily given Jan. 6 at the funeral Mass for Father James Henning, OFM Conv. The Mass was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church in Clinton and has been archived for viewing here. The homilist was Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv. — My dear friends […]

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