“Land” (Focus)

Demian Bichir and Robin Wright star in a scene from the movie "Land." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Daniel Power, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service In actress Robin Wright’s feature debut as a director, she also plays a woman so paralyzed by grief over the loss of her husband and young son that she leaves the world behind to become a hermit in a small, isolated cabin amid the mountains of Wyoming. Having deprived herself of […]

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“The Dig” (Netflix)

This is the movie poster for "The Dig" streaming on Netflix and showing in theaters and starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Netflix)

By Catholic News Service The 1939 discovery of an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial ground in southeastern England is chronicled in this aptly titled drama, inspired by the 2007 novel by John Preston and directed by Simon Stone. A wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to investigate the mysterious earthen mounds on her […]

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“Minari” (A24)

This is a scene from the movie "Minari." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Melissa Lukenbaugh, A24)

By Catholic News Service Set in the 1980s, and loosely based on the childhood experiences of writer-director Lee Isaac Chung, this gentle mix of drama and comedy explores the immigrant experience from a Korean-American perspective while also charting the struggles and triumphs of family life. An aspiring produce farmer (Steven Yeun), his wife (Yeri Han) […]

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“Pinocchio” (Roadside)

This is the movie poster for "Pinocchio." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service Italian director Matteo Garrone’s live-action version of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel, which he also who co-wrote with Massimo Ceccherini, is scrupulously faithful to the grotesqueries of its source material. As such, it falls well short of what anyone might regard as straightforward family entertainment. A woodcutter (Roberto Benigni) carves the marionette […]

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“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal)

This is the poster for the movie "The Croods: A New Age." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up to the 2013 original is a spirited, fun-filled animated comedy suitable for almost all ages. A Stone Age couple (voices of Nicolas Cage and Catherine Keener) and their three children (voices of Emma Stone, Clark Duke and Kailey Crawford) join a teenage boy (voice of Ryan Reynolds) on a […]

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President Biden’s ‘litany of compassion’ must also include the unborn child

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States as his wife, Jill Biden, holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 20, 2021. (CNS/ Reuters)

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore In responding to the pro-choice presidency of Joe Biden, I’m going to try and take a leaf from the book of Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said he “took no pleasure” in contradicting former President Trump on COVID. When Dr. Fauci felt he had to correct the record […]

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Fr. Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv., 87, dies; funeral is Saturday at Holy Family, Peoria

Father Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv.l

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Holy Family Church in Peoria for Father Anthony Labedis, OFM Conv., a Kewanee native who was in residence at the parish for 10 years before moving to Palatine a year ago. Father Tony, as he was known, died on Monday, Feb. […]

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A spiritual ‘game plan’ to grow our hearts deeper in Christ this Lent

This design represents Christ's 40 days in the desert. The passage is from the first reading this Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (CNS graphic/Nancy Wiechec)

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar I don’t know about you, but I often mentally brace myself for Lent. The season feels so long, so winter-ridden, and in this time of lingering pandemic, especially isolating. Yet, the Online Etymology Dictionary reminds me that Lent comes from an Old English word meaning “lengthening of […]

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Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 to feature concert, renewal of vows

Performing in a 3:30 p.m. concert on Feb. 13 prior to the Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral will be Dr. Todd Kelly on trumpet and vocalist Maria Hercik.

All married couples are invited to get an early start on Valentine’s Day activities this weekend by attending the Diocese of Peoria’s Marriage Mass and Concert on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will be the principal celebrant of the 4 p.m. Mass and will lead the […]

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The Catholic Post opens subscription campaign with a focus on renewal, hope

The Catholic Post has opened its 2021 Delivering Unity Campaign with a theme of renewal following a year of pandemic and its historic impacts on society and the church. “It will be an exciting time,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, expressing hopes that the Diocese of Peoria emerges from the pandemic “like roaring lions.” […]

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