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“Space Jam: A New Legacy” (Warner Bros.)

Lebron James and Bugs Bunny star in a scene from the animated and live-action movie "Space Jam: A New Legacy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Strained sequel to the 1996 sports comedy once again blends live action and animation as well as basketball and the Looney Tunes gang of cartoon characters. This time out, LeBron James plays himself, as Michael Jordan did in the original, while Don Cheadle portrays the artificial intelligence that controls the Warner […]

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Jesus alone supplies lasting wholeness

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 18 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” This is pasturing language. Using a word often translated in the Bible as simply “the wilderness,” Jesus calls […]

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Bishop Jenky asks parishes to take up second collection to assist Lebanon

Men and women wait for Pope Francis to lead a prayer on a day of reflection and prayer for Lebanon in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican July 1. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has asked parishes to take up a second collection before the end of July to assist Catholics in that troubled nation. (CNS/Guglielmo Mangiapane, pool via Reuters)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has asked pastors throughout the Diocese of Peoria to take up a second collection before the end of July for Catholics living in the nation of Lebanon. “They are facing what has been called the worst economic crisis in modern history,” wrote Bishop Jenky in a letter to priests dated […]

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‘Life of No Regrets’ is theme of talks set Aug. 3-6 at Rapids City, East Moline parishes

Robert Rogers is a songwriter and author of five books.

“Know God and Live a Life of No Regrets” is the basis for a series of talks with original music that will be given by Robert Rogers at St. John the Baptist in Rapids City and St. Anne in East Moline from Aug. 3 to 6. Rogers will speak from personal experience — he lost […]

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Pope Francis released from hospital after 10-day stay, prays at Rome basilica

Pope Francis greets police officers before entering the Vatican after being discharged from Rome's Gemelli hospital following his recovery from colon surgery in this screengrab taken from a video on July 14. (CNS/Cristiano Corvino, Reuters TV screengrab)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ten days after undergoing intestinal surgery, Pope Francis was released from Rome’s Gemelli hospital, the Vatican confirmed. In a statement released July 14, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said that after leaving the hospital midmorning, the pope visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major to say a prayer of gratitude before the […]

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Father Thomas Henseler, Cursillo and diaconate pioneer leader, dies at 85

Father J. Thomas Henseler

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Monday morning, July 19, for Father J. Thomas Henseler, a senior priest who was a pioneer leader in the Cursillo and permanent diaconate programs of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Henseler, who also served in the Diocese of Springfield as […]

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“Black Widow” (Disney)

Scarlett Johansson stars in a scene from the movie "Black Widow." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service With the Avengers ensemble of superheroes temporarily in disarray, one of its members (Scarlett Johansson), from whose moniker the film takes its title, battles a Russian villain (Ray Winstone) bent on world domination. She finds potential allies in the ostensible sister (Florence Pugh) and parents (David Harbour and Rachel Weisz) with […]

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