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Spirited Away

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Source: Catholic News Service

Fantastical, animated adventure about a young Japanese girl (voice of Daveigh Chase) who, separated from her parents, goes through a mysterious tunnel and enters a nightmarish world of spirits and bizarre mythical creatures where she must learn to trust strangers and look within herself to find strength and courage. Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki's imaginative Japanese story, part "Alice in Wonderland," part "Wizard of Oz," takes some getting used to and may be too menacing for the very young, although less so for older, pre-teen youngsters. Some frightening images. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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<p>A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many years he also suffered from severe arthritis, poor eyesight and a stomach ailment.
</p><p>Leopold taught patrology, the study of the Church Fathers, to the clerics of his province for several years, but he is best known for his work in the confessional, where he sometimes spent 13-15 hours a day. Several bishops sought out his spiritual advice.
</p><p>Leopold’s dream was to go to the Orthodox Christians and work for the reunion of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. His health never permitted it. Leopold often renewed his vow to go to the Eastern Christians; the cause of unity was constantly in his prayers.
</p><p>At a time when Pope Pius XII said that the greatest sin of our time is "to have lost all sense of sin," Leopold had a profound sense of sin and an even firmer sense of God’s grace awaiting human cooperation.
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