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“Lightyear” (Disney)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Lightyear." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney, Pixar)

The beloved astronaut (voice of Chris Evans) from the “Toy Story” franchise gets the backstory treatment in this gloomy animated adventure, directed by Angus MacLane. Stranded on an alien planet, he is determined to help his crew escape by testing a new rocket fuel. When a fleet of robots invades, led by an evil emperor […]

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Catholic comic books, graphic novels communicate timeless truths to youth

Catholic graphic novels are attractive to today's youth who live in a visually stimulating world, says Katie Bogner.

Book Review by Katie Bogner When you consider resources for teaching the truths of Catholicism, comic books are likely not the first thing that come to mind. It sometimes seems that graphic novels are the only books that children reach for on library shelves, much to the chagrin of parents and teachers hoping to engage […]

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Rapids City parish’s 40 Hours of Divine Mercy expands to nine days June 21-29

Father Glenn Harris, pastor, carries the Blessed Sacrament in a eucharistic procession during a previous 40 Hours of Divine Mercy at St. John the Baptist Church in Rapids City. (Provided photo)

RAPIDS CITY — St. John the Baptist Parish will host its annual 40 Hours of Divine Mercy event beginning on Tuesday, June 21, at the parish church, 1416 3rd Ave. This year’s event has expanded to nine days and will end with “Mission of Mercy,” a parish mission featuring three talks by Father John Broussard of […]

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Multipurpose gymnasium planned at Immaculate Conception, Monmouth

An architect's sketch of the new gymnasium planned for Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth that will be among the projects funded by a $3 million capital campaign announced May 1.

MONMOUTH — A new multipurpose gymnasium to serve Immaculate Conception Catholic School as well as parish families in the bi-county region is the major focus of a $3 million capital campaign announced May 1. The new gym will be named for Msgr. Thomas Mack, pastor emeritus, who guided the faith community from 1991 to 1997 […]

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St. Hyacinth, LaSalle, to repair and improve 130-year-old ‘spiritual home’

A drone-captured image of the twin 184-foot steeples of St. Hyacinth Church in LaSalle as seen on the cover of a booklet describing the $1.8 million "Towers of Faith" capital campaign launched May 14 to fund a major church renovation.

LASALLE — St. Hyacinth Parish has launched a $1.8 million capital campaign to fund a major renovation of its church. An overview of the project was given to parishioners during a program that followed a meal Saturday night at The Auditorium Ballroom. “The projects that this campaign will fund are not only very urgent and […]

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Memorial Mass planned in Rock Island June 14 for Sister Rita Cain, OSB, 89

Sister Rita M. Cain, OSB

ROCK ISLAND – Sister Rita M. Cain, OSB, who ministered as a teacher and in family therapy, died on June 2, 2022, at St. Mary Monastery. In accordance with her wishes, her body has been donated for scientific study. A Christian Wake Service, without visitation, took place on the evening of June 13. A Memorial […]

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Pope’s continuing knee troubles force postponement of his July trip to Africa

Pope Francis is pushed in a wheelchair by his aide, Sandro Mariotti, after giving the homily during Mass for the feast of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on June 5. On his doctors' advice because of ongoing problems with his knee, the pope will not travel to Congo and South Sudan in early July, the Vatican announced June 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Because of continuing problems with his knee, Pope Francis has postponed his planned trip to Congo and South Sudan July 2-7, said the Vatican press office. Matteo Bruni, director of the press office, did not mention whether the pope’s planned trip to Canada in […]

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