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“Boogie” (Focus)

Taylor Takahashi and Pop Smoke star in a scene from the movie "Boogie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/David Giesbrecht, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Streetwise and sullen sports drama in which the aspirations of a New York City high school basketball star (newcomer Taylor Takahashi) to gain a college scholarship and eventually join the NBA are hindered by several factors. These include his disrespect for all but one (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) of his fellow players, […]

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Pope says he cannot disappoint Iraqis, asks prayers for March 5-8 trip

Women stand near a poster of Pope Francis in Baghdad on March 3. Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq March 5-8. (CNS photo/Khalid al-Mousily, Reuters)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the same day that 10 rockets hit an air base in Iraq, Pope Francis said he had to travel to the country because he could not disappoint them. “The Iraqi people are waiting for us; they awaited St. John Paul II, who was […]

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Bishops address concern over Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s abortion link

Vials of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are seen during the phase 3 ensemble period in this undated photo. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of the company's one-shot vaccine Feb. 27. (CNS photo/Johnson & Johnson, Handout via Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, approved Feb. 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raises moral concerns because it was “was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines,” the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees said March 2. The bishops concluded, however, that “while we should […]

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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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