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Jesus is King, and we must belong not to the world but to His truth and kingdom

Carla Oliver

Living the Word / By Carla Oliver Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe / Nov. 21 Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1,1-2,5; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 Praised be Jesus Christ, Now and Forever! As we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, I always reflect on this day with a mix of emotions. Similarly […]

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Talk in Rock Island on Saturday explores ‘other pandemic’ of screen addiction

"Nobody has yet died from a lack of social media," says Dr. Timothy Millea in recommending moderation and occasional fasts from our phones and screens. (CNS/Kevin J. Parks)

ROCK ISLAND — The detrimental impact of excessive online activity will be explored in a presentation this Saturday, Nov. 20, at Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church in Rock Island. “We Become What We Behold: The ‘Other Pandemic’ of Screen Addiction” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Tim Millea, co-founder and current […]

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Bishops approve statement on Eucharist to ‘retrieve and revive’ understanding

A priest prepares to distribute Communion. The U.S. bishops on Nov. 17 approved a long-awaited statement on the Eucharist. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on Nov. 17. By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops approved their statement on the Eucharist with 222 “yes” votes Nov. 17, the second of two days of public sessions during their Nov. 15-18 fall general assembly. Their OK came a day after […]

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Sister Mary Ann Schmitz, SMP, dies at 93; served 40 years at St. Patrick, Washington

Sister Mary Ann Schmitz, SMP

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Sister Mary Ann Schmitz, SMP, who served as a teacher and principal at St. Patrick School in Washington for 40 years, died Nov. 8, 2021, at SMP Health-St. Catherine North in Fargo, North Dakota. She was 93. Her funeral Mass is planned for Monday, Nov. 15, at Maryvale Convent Chapel in […]

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“Belfast” (Focus)

Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie star in a scene from the movie "Belfast." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Rob Youngson, Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Writer-director Kenneth Branagh uses the perspective of a 9-year-old boy (Jude Hill) living in the city of the title to examine the effects of the sectarian strife that swept across Northern Ireland at the very end of the 1960s. As the lad’s father (Jamie Dornan), who journeys back and forth to […]

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“Clifford the Big Red Dog” (Paramount)

Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall star in a scene from the movie "Clifford the Big Red Dog." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Slapstick humor is the order of the day in this silly but mostly harmless adaptation of a series of children’s books by Norman Bridwell, the first of which was published in 1963. Director Walt Becker mixes computer animation and live action to tell the story of a lonely New York City preteen (Darby […]

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Msgr. James Swaner, 85, dies; funeral Mass is Thursday at St. Mary Church in Utica

Msgr. James Swaner

UTICA — A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Mary Church here at noon on Thursday, Nov. 11, for Msgr. James J. Swaner, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who served Catholic parishes and schools in LaSalle County for five decades. Msgr. Swaner, a former principal of Marquette Academy in Ottawa whose […]

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“St. Dymphna’s Playbook”: a mental health resource from a Catholic perspective

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione Like most people, I am grateful to live in a time when mental health issues are discussed openly. In decades past, these topics were often minimized or stigmatized. And in some religious circles, mental health struggles could be overly spiritualized, and sometimes prayer was presented as the only solution. At the […]

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Champaign couple’s gift establishes fellowship to honor Archbishop Myers

Archbishop John J. Myers

The Papal Foundation has received a $200,000 gift from Dan and Marianne Harrington of Champaign to establish the Archbishop John J. Myers Fellowship in the area of canon law. This will make it possible for one scholar each year to study canon law at one of the Roman Pontifical Universities. The first recipient is Father […]

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