Lindsey Weishar: ‘Why have I stayed Catholic?’ — a recollection, invitation

"If not Catholic, what else would I be? What other way of living life would be as full of meaning, as rich, as brilliantly mysterious?" writes columnist Lindsey Weishar.

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar A friend recently shared that July 4th and New Year’s Eve are days of recollection for her. While those around her are focused on fireworks displays or welcoming in a new year, she takes a moment to pause, to take stock. My own moment to do this […]

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Fr. Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh, 92, dies; funeral is Thursday morning in Champaign

Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh

CHAMPAIGN — A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Matthew Church here at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, for Father Joseph M. Mai-Chi-Thanh, pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish in Pesotum. Father Mai-Chi-Thanh, a native of Vietnam who ministered to Vietnamese Catholics in the Champaign and Peoria regions, died on Sunday, July 25, […]

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“Old” (Universal)

Aaron Pierre, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps star in a scene from the movie "Old." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In between an intriguing set-up and a reasonably credible conclusion, this thriller loses its way, becoming by turns tedious and chaotic. A couple (Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps) on the verge of divorcing and their young children (Nolan River and Alexa Swinton) join other guests from the resort hotel at […]

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“Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” (Paramount)

Andrew Koji stars in a scene from the movie "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Ed Araquel, Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Silly and ponderous, yet morally interesting, action adventure, adapted from the world of Hasbro toys by director Robert Schwentke. A wandering loner who brawls for money (Henry Golding) finds his life transformed when, under the patronage of the heir (Andrew Koji) to a powerful clan of ninja warriors, he’s offered the […]

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“Joe Bell” (Roadside)

Mark Wahlberg and Gary Sinise star in a scene from the movie "Joe Bell." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service Somber, heavy-handed drama in which, following the suicide of his 15-year-old son (Reid Miller), a victim of anti-gay bullying, the grieving father (Mark Wahlberg) of the title begins a cross-country trek on foot to deal with his loss and warn any group that will have him about the dangers of such […]

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Funeral homily: Father Tom Henseler was formed by, and then made, history

Father J. Thomas Henseler

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the text of the homily given at the Mass of Christian Burial on July 19 for Father J. Thomas Henseler, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and a pioneer leader in the diocese’s Cursillo and permanent diaconate programs. The Mass was celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at St. […]

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“Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” (Columbia)

Taylor Russell and Logan Miller star in a scene from the movie "Escape Room: Tournament of Champions." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/David Bloomer, Columbia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In this follow-up to the 2019 original, the two survivors of the initial ordeal (Taylor Russell and Logan Miller), in which competitors were forced to use ingenuity to escape alive from a series of potentially deadly chambers, are joined by others who have achieved the same feat, and all are tested […]

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Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka reflects on his first year in the Diocese of Peoria

One year ago -- on July 23, 2020 -- newly ordained Bishop Louis Tylka received sustained applause following his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. Leading the applause were (from left) Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, the bishops who consecrated him. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Friday, July 23, will mark the first anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Father Louis Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. Despite much of his first year being shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a very active 12 months for Bishop Lou, as he […]

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Bishop Jenky’s 20 years in Peoria honored by new exhibit at the Diocesan Museum

More than 100 photos and dozens of teaching quotes are just part of “My Time in Peoria: Honoring Bishop Jenky’s 20 Years as Our Shepherd,” a new exhibit at the Diocesan Historical Museum located in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The exhibit may be viewed through December. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as Bishop of Peoria next February, the Diocesan Historical Museum is getting a jump on the celebration with a new exhibit highlighting his teaching and actions over the past two decades. “My Time in Peoria: Honoring Bishop Jenky’s 20 Years as Our […]

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