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Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 11 Isaiah 25:6-10a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Philippians 4:12-14,19-20; Matthew 22:1-14 Sitting with a group of high school boys, I introduced myself: “I’m the vocation director.” They seemed apprehensive. “When I say ‘vocation,’ do you think, ‘priesthood’?” They responded with anxious head nods. “And does that scare you?” The […]

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St. Thérèse and the mission of the laity — a guest column by Katie Faley

This bronze statue is from the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, Alaska. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

By Katie Faley St. Thérèse of Lisieux, whose feast we celebrate on the first of October, has long been a favorite of mine. I have always found her character relatable and her simplistic faith approachable. She never saw herself as being anything special — hard to believe considering she is now a Doctor of the […]

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“Kajillionaire” (Focus)

Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins star in a scene from the movie "Kajillionaire." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Barren comedy about the emotionally repressed 26-year-old daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) of two inveterate petty thieves (Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins) who finds her drab world transformed when a vibrant stranger (Gina Rodriguez) joins up with the family. As the quartet targets lonely senior citizens, the two women fall for each […]

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Archbishop John J. Myers, former bishop of Peoria, Newark archbishop emeritus, dies

Bishop John J. Myers visits with St. John Paul II during an ad limina visit to the Vatican representing the Diocese of Peoria in 1997. Archbishop Myers, archbishop emeritus of Newark, died Sept. 24, 2020, in Ottawa, Illinois. (Photo by Felici)

(UPDATED ON SEPT. 25) OTTAWA — Archbishop John J. Myers, the seventh Bishop of Peoria who went on to lead the Archdiocese of Newark from 2001 until his retirement in 2016, died early Thursday morning, Sept. 24, 2020, at a senior care facility here. He was 79. A native of Earlville, Archbishop Myers was a […]

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“Antebellum” (Lionsgate)

Janelle Monae stars in a scene from the movie "Antebellum." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service What seems at first to be a historical drama centered on the horrific experiences of an enslaved woman (Janelle Monae) and two of her peers (Tongayi Chirisa and Kiersey Clemons) on a Louisiana cotton plantation (run by Eric Lange and Jack Huston) appears later to be only an extended nightmare in […]

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God calls us to conversion, offers what we need

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 27 Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32 Our bodies convert nutrients into tissue. Football teams often attempt a 2-point conversion in close games. Builders convert single family homes into duplexes. This Sunday’s Scripture readings are all about conversion and those who convert, although the […]

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“Infidel” (Cloudburst)

This is the movie poster for "Infidel." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Cloudburst)

By Catholic News Service Invited to appear on Egyptian television, a Christian blogger (Jim Caviezel) asserts the divinity of Jesus on air, for which presumed insult to Islam he’s abducted and tortured first by the Hezbollah in Lebanon and later by Iranian terrorists. The efforts of his wife (Claudia Karvan), a State Department employee, to […]

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