An honest, humble look inward before judging could help us . . . and the world

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB

By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 31 Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,7-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28 The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are referred to as the “synoptic” gospels, a word that comes from the Greek words for “same” and “vision”; the synoptic gospels have a similar viewpoint and style of […]

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President of U.S. bishops’ statement on the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States as his wife, Jill Biden, holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 20, 2021. (CNS/ Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following statement was released Jan. 20 by Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angelesand the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. My prayers are with our new President and his family today. I am praying that God grant him wisdom and courage to lead this great nation […]

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Leaders of both parties join Biden, Harris for Mass of thanksgiving at cathedral

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington Jan. 20, 2021, before his presidential inauguration. (CNS/Reuters)

By Mark Pattison / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Hours before his inauguration as president, Joe Biden and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris were joined by the spouses and congressional leaders from both political parties for what was termed a Mass of thanksgiving early Jan. 20 at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington. Among those […]

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Deacon Lawrence DeCapp, 72, dies; served Germantown Hills, Metamora parishes

Deacon Lawrence DeCapp

EAST PEORIA — A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Germantown Hills for Deacon Lawrence Leroy DeCapp, 72, a permanent deacon who served that parish as well as St. Mary in Metamora. Deacon DeCapp, who was also active in Cursillo leadership, died […]

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“The Marksman” (Open Road)

Liam Neeson stars in a scene from the movie "The Marksman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Ryan Sweeney, Open Road Films)

By Catholic News Service Well-intentioned but sketchy actioner in which a gruff ex-Marine (Liam Neeson) living on the Arizona-Mexico border reluctantly undertakes to transport an orphaned refugee (Jacob Perez) targeted by the minions of a drug cartel (led by Juan Pablo Raba) to safety with relatives in Chicago. Catholic imagery puts in an occasional appearance […]

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“Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Bros.)

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine star in a scene from the movie "Wonder Woman 1984." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Clay Enos, Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service This follow-up to the 2017 outing for the DC Comics superhero (Gal Gadot), helmed by returning director Patty Jenkins, is an entertaining, old-fashioned popcorn movie that conveys good messages about self-sacrifice, helping one’s neighbor and the twin evils of greed and selfishness. Seven decades have passed since the action of the […]

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“News of the World” (Universal)

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel star in the movie "News of the World." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Epic adventure, set in 1870 Texas, in which a Confederate veteran (Tom Hanks) accidentally becomes the temporary guardian of a 10-year-old orphan girl (Helena Zengel) and reluctantly undertakes a journey of hundreds of miles to deliver her to her only surviving relatives. Director and co-writer Paul Greengrass’ visually expansive yet emotionally […]

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“Monster Hunter” (Screen Gems)

Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa star in a scene from the movie "Monster Hunter." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Coco Van Oppens, Constantin Film)

By Catholic News Service In adapting the eponymous video game, writer-director Paul W. S. Anderson has constructed a film made up almost entirely of action sequences untrammeled by exposition. Together with the squadron under her command, an Army Ranger (genre veteran Milla Jovovich) has fallen through a portal from Earth into a world teeming with […]

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“Fatale” (Lionsgate)

Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy star in a scene from the movie "Fatale." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Scott Everett White, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service A distant cousin to 1987’s “Fatal Attraction,” this revenge thriller, directed by Deon Taylor, ramps up the sexual tension, suspense and violence in a complex game of cat and mouse that’s as shocking as it is preposterous and, for those inclined to take it seriously, morally confused. A wealthy sports agent […]

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