“Cruella” (Disney)

Emma Stone stars in a scene from the movie "Cruella." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Laurie Sparham, Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

By Catholic News Service Live-action origin story for the villain of Dodie Smith’s 1956 children’s novel, first seen on screen in the 1961 animated adaptation “101 Dalmatians.” Originally called Estella (Emma Stone), she dreams of conquering 1970s London as a fashion designer and is thrilled to be taken under the wing of the ruthless reigning […]

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“Those Who Wish Me Dead” (Warner Bros.)

Angelina Jolie stars in a scene from the movie "Those Who Wish Me Dead." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Emerson Miller, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Haunted by a forest fire tragedy for which she blames herself, an emotionally isolated, self-destructive smokejumper (Angelina Jolie) is forced to pull herself together when a young boy (Finn Little) being tracked by the assassins (Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult) who killed his father (Jake Weber), an accountant who uncovered explosive […]

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“Finding You” (Roadside)

Jedidiah Goodacre and Rose Reid star in a scene from the movie "Finding You." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Anthony Courtney, Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service In adapting Jenny B. Jones’ 2011 young adult novel “There I’ll Find You” into a romantic comedy, writer-director Brian Baugh has somewhat downplayed the book’s Christian themes. Yet a sense of God’s providence and care does seep into this coming-of-age story about an aspiring violinist (Rose Reid) who, on the rebound […]

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“Spiral: From the Book of Saw” (Lionsgate)

Chris Rock and Max Minghella star in a scene from the movie "Spiral: From the Book of Saw." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Brooke Palmer, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service This ninth installment in the “Saw” franchise of horror films, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, devolves quickly into the usual nihilistic splatter fest. Screenwriters Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger build the mayhem around the framework of a police procedural as a bitter, foul-mouthed detective (Chris Rock) contends with a copycat of […]

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“Profile” (Focus)

Valene Kane stars in a scene from the movie "Profile." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/BAZELEVS and Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service In 2014, a British investigative journalist (Valene Kane) uses a fake online identity to pose as a recent, and vulnerable, Muslim convert open to recruitment by ISIS. But her feelings about the surprisingly personable, London-bred terrorist (Shazad Latif) who tries to lure her into joining him in Syria eventually become conflicted. […]

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Two will be ordained to the priesthood for diocese at cathedral Mass on May 29

The two men to be ordained to the priesthood on May 29 at pictured in the churches of their home parishes. Deacon Austin Bosse is in St. Matthew Church, Champaign, while Deacon Nicolas Wilson is in St. Jude Church, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Two men will be ordained priests of the Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during an Ordination Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The ordinands and their home parishes are: Deacon Austin Bosse, 34, of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign, and Deacon Nicolas Wilson, […]

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New assignments are announced for 25 priests; Fr. John Burns to senior status

Father John Burns, who was granted senior status on March 1, is pictured with gifts he received May 2 from members of the three parishes he served since 2005 -- St. John the Apostle in Woodhull, St. John the Evangelist in Galva, and St. John Vianney in Cambridge. The gifts included a handcrafted Hemlock wood portable altar, a handmade missal stand, altar linens and a blud vesperal cloth. (Provided photo)

Twenty-five priests are receiv­ing new assignments in a series of appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (Click here for the full list.) While most of the appoint­ments take effect on Wednesday, June 9, the transition to senior status of Father John Burns, 75, was granted on March 1. Father Burns had […]

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Assignments include Fr. Burns to senior status, Fr. Laible to military archdiocese

EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty-five priests are receiving new assignments in a series of appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Following is the full list, while a background story with additional details is found here. Father John Burns, from pastor, St. John the Apostle Parish, Woodhull; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Galva; and […]

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Katie Faley: Walking in the footsteps of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on Mother’s Day

Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife and mother who was widowed at the age of 29 in 1803. Despite great hardships, she went on to do amazing work, and eventually became the first American-born saint in 1975. (Photo from

Cause of Our Joy / Katie Faley Have you ever had a saint follow you around? As if popping up in the most unexpected places throughout your life to say, “I’m praying for you!” That has been St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in my life. Four years ago, after being accepted into graduate school, I was […]

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