Divine Mercy Sunday is seen as a chance to receive Christ’s mercy ‘anew’

Pope Francis walks near an image of Jesus of Divine Mercy after celebrating a Mass marking the feast of Divine Mercy in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 8, 2018. Masses for Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, are expected to be livestreamed in Catholic churches throughout the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic. CNS photo/Paul Haring

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, will celebrate a special livestreamed Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. (Central Time) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The archbishop also will join members […]

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Brother George Matsuoka, OSB, 98, dies; recalled for welcoming handshake, smile

Brother George Matsuoka, OSB

PERU — Brother George Matsuoka, OSB, a monk of St. Bede Abbey in Peru who for decades was beloved for his outstretched hand and smile that greeted St. Bede Academy students and guests as they arrived to and departed from school, died on Easter Sunday morning, April 12, 2020. He was 98. Reception of his […]

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“Trolls World Tour” (Universal)

Animated characters Mr. Dinkles, Biggie, Poppy and Branch are seen in the movie "Trolls World Tour." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. (CNS/DreamWorks Animation)

By Catholic News Service Animated musical follow-up to the 2016 original in which the pair at the center of the first story, the ever-optimistic queen (voice of Anna Kendrick) of the pop-music trolls and her more fearful best friend (voice of Justin Timberlake) discover that there are other nations of their kind, each dedicated to […]

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“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus)

Sidney Flanigan stars in a scene from the movie "Never Rarely Sometimes Always." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service To avoid her home state’s legal requirement that she obtain her parents’ permission to have an abortion, a 17-year-old high school student (Sidney Flanigan) from rural Pennsylvania travels to New York City seeking the procedure. She’s accompanied by her cousin (Talia Ryder) with whom she bonds and the pair meet a […]

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From darkness to light, sorrow to glory

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Easter Sunday/April 12 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10 We all know what Easter is all about, so we look to the readings for today and ask, “What themes of this great feast are they stressing?” But first, it’s important […]

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Good Friday prayer offers U.S. Catholics a ‘moment of unity’ amid the pandemic

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will lead Catholics in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart at 11 a.m. on Good Friday from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. (CNS/Stefano Dal Pozzolo)

By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) — When Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads U.S. Catholics in prayer on Good Friday, it will be “a special moment of unity” at a time when the nation’s churches are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Archbishop […]

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Bishop Jenky offers encouragement, blessing in video message for Holy Week

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, speaks from the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria in a video message released at the start of Holy Week. The bishop is regularly recording videos to address the faithful during these weeks of coronavirus separation.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full transcription of a video message for Holy Week released April 4 by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. — Today we celebrate Palm Sunday. And in the 18 years I have served as your bishop, this has got to be the strangest Palm Sunday and Holy Week I have ever […]

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“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)

This is a scene from the movie "Slay The Dragon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Magnolia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Well-crafted but distinctly partisan documentary examining the impact of gerrymandering on American politics. Filmmakers Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance use the struggle of a Michigan group called Voters Not Politicians, founded by political novice Katie Fahey, to end the practice in that state as the starting point for a wide-ranging exploration […]

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“Corpus Christi” (Film Movement)

Bartosz Bielenia stars in a scene from the movie "Corpus Christi." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Film Movement)

By Catholic News Service Polish production in which director Jan Komasa and screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz, who reworked his fact-based book, tell the grim story of a young man (Bartosz Bielenia), just paroled from a violent juvenile detention facility, who, having found his faith there as an altar server, aspires to become a priest. But his […]

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