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“Artemis Fowl” (Disney)

Judi Dench stars in a scene from "Artemis Fowl." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney Enterprises)

By Catholic News Service Spectacle trumps story in director Kenneth Branagh’s crowded, off-key screen version of Eoin Colfer’s 2001 fantasy novel for young adults. After his namesake dad (Colin Farrell), a wealthy, mysterious antiques dealer based in Ireland, is kidnapped by a malevolent pixie (Hong Chau), the brilliant 12-year-old boy of the title (Ferdia Shaw) […]

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Options for First Communion, visiting sick, confirmation, offices addressed

Noting that “the life of the Church must go on,” Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, has sent a letter to priests addressing options for First Communion, confirmation and visiting the sick now that public Masses have resumed. The June 9 communication also discussed considerations for opening parish offices and holding […]

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Deacon James Haneghan, 76, dies; served St. Patrick Parish in Galesburg since 1997

Deacon James Haneghan

GALESBURG — Deacon James Haneghan, who served St. Patrick Parish here since his ordination as a permanent deacon in 1997, died on Saturday, June 13, 2020. He was 76. The rosary will be prayed privately at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home in Galesburg on Tuesday, June 16, at 5 p.m. Open visitation will follow from 6 to […]

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Guest commentary: May God ‘heal our deeply broken view of each other’

People in Raeford, N.C., pray after viewing the body of George Floyd on June 6. (CNS/Jonathan Drake, Reuters)

By Lindsey Weishar “Finally, let each and every Catholic, regardless of their ethnicity, beg God to heal our deeply broken view of each other, as well as our deeply broken society.” – From the “Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests,” May 29, 2020 — As a […]

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“The King of Staten Island” (Universal)

Pete Davidson and Steve Buscemi star is a scene from the 2020 film "The King of Staten Island," directed by Judd Apatow. The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Mary Cybulski, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service A directionless slacker (Pete Davidson) still trying to come to terms with the long-ago death of his fireman father finds his life transformed when his mom (Marisa Tomei) begins dating another firefighter (Bill Burr) with whom he at first butts heads but eventually discovers common ground. Below the crust of vulgar […]

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Bishop Jenky condemns racial injustice, deplores violence, calls for prayer

Catholic priests from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis join African American clergy on June 2, to march and pray at the site where George Floyd was pinned down May 25 and died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Pictured are Father Joe Gillespie, Father Doug Ebert, Father Kevin Finnegan, Father Brian Park and Father Peter Williams. (CNS/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 4, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, released the following statement on racial injustice and the violence of recent days. His words are followed by links to statements from other bishops of Illinois and a Catholic News Service sampling of comments on the topic by prelates from throughout the United States. — […]

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“Mr. Topaze” (Film Movement)

This is a scene from the 1961 movie "Mr. Topaze." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/GIMP via Film Movement)

By Catholic News Service This 1961 comedy, adapted from a 1928 play by Marcel Pagnol, is the only feature for which celebrated comic actor Peter Sellers took directing credit. Sellers also stars as the titular character, a timid but rigidly honest schoolteacher in an unnamed French town. After his inflexible integrity leads to a breach […]

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“Shirley” (Neon)

Elisabeth Moss and Odessa Young star in a scene from the movie "Shirley." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/courtesy Killer Films)

By Catholic News Service Working from the fact-based novel by Susan Scarf Merrell, director Josephine Decker and screenwriter Sarah Gubbins deliver a mid-20th-century period drama centered on famed horror writer Shirley Jackson (“The Lottery”), played by Elisabeth Moss. Jackson, and her professor husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg), who acquire fictitious foils in the form […]

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Why are the names for God so important?

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity/June 7 Exodus 34:4b-6,8-9; (Psalm) Daniel 3:52,53,54,55; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” These words from today’s second reading are announced at the beginning of […]

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Top graduates of historic Class of 2020 share plans, pandemic separation lessons

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below are photos and brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. We congratulate them and all graduates in the Class of 2020 who persevered through a senior year like no other. The top students were invited to answer two questions: […]

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