Why do we venerate relics of the saints?

By Father Anthony Co My father loved to walk around in the woods. While in the woods he would often find neat-looking branches or discarded lumber. At home, he would whack on them with a Filipino machete to turn them into walking sticks or other things. When my dad died there were only a couple […]

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“The Pope’s Exorcist” (Sony)

"The Pope's Exorcist" is a 2023 supernatural horror film starring Russell Crowe as the late Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, a longtime exorcist for the Diocese of Rome. The film is 'inspired by' the Italian priest's memoirs. OSV News classification, L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

By OSV News Initially promising but ultimately overheated possession tale based on books published by high-profile exorcist Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth (Russell Crowe). Summoned from Rome to attend to an American boy (Peter DeSouza-Feighoney) temporarily living in Spain who shows strong signs of being under the dominion of a demon (voice of Ralph Ineson), the […]

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“Air” (Amazon)

Matt Damon, and Viola Davis star in a scene from the movie “Air.” The OSV News classification is A-III -- adults. (OSV News photo/Amazon Studios)

By OSV News Forceful fact-based drama, set in 1984, charts the efforts of a marketing executive (Matt Damon) to rescue the failing basketball division of Nike by signing rookie Michael Jordan and creating the Air Jordan brand. After winning over the company’s initially skeptical founder and CEO (Ben Affleck), he teams with the head of […]

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“Renfield” (Universal)

Nicholas Hoult and Nicolas Cage star in a scene from the movie “Renfield.” The OSV News classification is O -- morally offensive. (OSV News photo/Michele K. Short, Universal Pictures)

By OSV News Potentially enjoyable comic material is washed away by a flood of gore in this send-up of the horror genre. Nicholas Hoult plays the titular character, the longtime but increasingly disaffected assistant to Dracula (Nicolas Cage). As he seeks to break free from his servitude and acquires a love interest in the person […]

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Funeral planned April 24 for Deacon Gary L. Schultz, 75, of Farmington

Deacon Gary L. Schultz

FARMINGTON — A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 24, at St. Matthew Church here for Deacon Gary L. Schultz, a member of the Diocese of Peoria’s eighth class of permanent deacons. Msgr. Timothy Nolan will preside at the 11 a.m. liturgy. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. A visitation […]

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Ours is a faith of second chances, renewal and forgiveness

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word l Deacon Greg Kandra Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy l April 16 Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 This Sunday gives us one of my favorite Gospel readings — a story of doubt that turns into belief, of stubbornness that gives way to assent and conversion. It […]

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Léonie Martin: The sister in the shadow

Cause of Our Joy l Katie Faley April is National Autism Awareness Month. While there’s technically an official patron saint of those with autism (St. Thorlak), there’s a lesser-known patron hiding in the shadow of her very famous sister. Léonie Martin was the older sister of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. There wasn’t much known about […]

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New spiritual adviser to Council of Catholic Women finds right ‘outfit’

Deacon Ed Mallow receives a blessing from Bishop Louis Tylka before proclaiming the Gospel at the Memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in January. In addition to serving at St. Thomas the Apostle in Peoria Heights, Deacon Ed assists at liturgies at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

By Paul Thomas Moore PEORIA HEIGHTS — On the last day of their pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February, Deacon Ed Mallow of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and the rest of the “Peoria pilgrims” rose at 4:30 a.m. and walked along the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. “It was still dark, and […]

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Catholic Charismatic day of renewal planned for April 22 in Peoria

Deacon Kevin Zeeb

“I Am Waiting for You, Come!” is the theme for a Catholic Charismatic Renewal day of renewal planned for Saturday, April 22, at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison Ave., in Peoria. It will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and end with prayer at 3:30 p.m. The speakers will be Deacon Kevin Zeeb […]

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