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Paul Moore: Like those home renovators on television, Jesus sees our possibilities

A statue of Jesus is bathed in morning light from an adjacent Marian stained-glass window at St. Mary Church in Metamora. (Provided photo)

Recently, I was sitting and thinking in a couple of different places that paradoxically got me to thinking along similar lines. One of these was in a dentist’s chair, while I was waiting after his assistant had settled me in and gone to get him. The chair was reclined comfortably, and the home renovation show […]

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The Divine Teacher instructs with lessons from creation

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Feb. 27 Sirach 27:4-7; Psalm 92:2-3,13-14,15-16; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 God often teaches us through his creation. Indeed, St. Paul insists that “the invisible attributes of God’s eternal power and divine nature have been clearly understood and perceived through the things He […]

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Think the church is in turmoil? New book explores history and points to hope

Reviewed for The Catholic Post by Matthew Vander Vennet As a church historian, whenever a new historical title becomes available, I get excited. “Light from Darkness: Nine Times the Catholic Church was in Turmoil — and Came Out Stronger than Before” by Steve Weidenkopf is the most recent work that caught my eye. Weidenkopf is […]

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‘In the name of God, stop now!” Church leaders react to attacks on Ukraine

A family carrying their belongings walks at the border crossing between Poland and Ukraine in Medyka, Poland on Feb. 24 after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in Ukraine. (CNS/Reuters)

FLORENCE, Italy (CNS) — European Catholic leaders appealed for peace and expressed alarm about the potential for “a humanitarian catastrophe” after Russia attacked Ukraine. “In the name of God, stop now!” wrote Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, Lithuania, president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. Writing from a conference in Florence, Italy, he said […]

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Pope calls for day of prayer, fasting for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday

A woman lights a candle as she attends a prayer service at St. Michael's Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Kyiv on Feb. 20. People from homes in eastern Ukraine are already headed west, where church leaders are preparing to shelter them. )CNS/Reuters)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the threat of war loomed over the world, Pope Francis called on people to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday. Before concluding his general audience Feb. 23, the pope called on believers and nonbelievers to combat the “diabolical […]

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“Dog” (MGM)

Channing Tatum and Lulu, a Belgian Malinois, star in a scene from the movie "Dog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/SMPSP, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Channing Tatum co-directed and stars in this quirky, good-natured but not family-friendly road movie. He plays an ex-Army Ranger who, in exchange for the promise of a much-needed professional recommendation from his former commander, reluctantly agrees to transport a psychologically scarred war dog to the funeral of her handler. As scripted by […]

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“Uncharted” (Columbia)

Sophia Ali and Tom Holland star in a scene from the movie "Uncharted." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Clay Enos, Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Tiresome treasure hunt tale, adapted from a series of video games by director Ruben Fleischer. The younger (Tom Holland) of two orphaned brothers, having grown up to be a bartender and petty thief, is contacted by a mysterious adventurer (Mark Wahlberg) who claims to have known his long-lost sibling and, partly […]

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A retrospective: 20 years of diocesan leadership by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, receives applause as he is seated for the first time in the Bishop's Chair at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria during his Mass of Installation on April 10, 2002. (For The Catholic Post/Patrick Murphy-Racey)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following retrospective was published in a special issue of The Catholic Post dated Feb. 13, 2022. The full edition may be viewed here: — As we begin our look back at some of the highlights of Bishop Jenky’s two decades of leadership in the Diocese of Peoria, we acknowledge that this review […]

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“Marry Me” (Universal)

This is the poster for the movie "Marry Me" starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Generally amiable romantic comedy charting the unlikely relationship between a world-famous singing star (Jennifer Lopez) and a dedicated but obscure math teacher (Owen Wilson). After discovering, moments before her mega-media-event wedding, that her equally prominent fiance, also a vocalist (Maluma), has been cheating on her, she summons the instructor out of […]

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