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Star Trek: Nemesis

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Source: Catholic News Service

Satisfyingly familiar if predictable sci-fi adventure in which Starship Enterprise Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and crew are pitted against Picard's youthful clone and nemesis (Tom Hardy), who leads a Romulan revolt to trick the Federation with a peace overture, then capture the Enterprise and destroy the Earth. Director Stuart Baird sticks to the tried and true formulas of the Star Trek franchise to deliver a film that goes where every "Star Trek" fan has gone before, but hardly explores any new frontiers. Stylized sci-fi violence with grotesque depictions of alien life forms, and an implied wedding-night encounter. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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<p>In the years after his ordination, events again called Jerome to a decision and a new lifestyle. Plague and famine swept northern Italy. Jerome began caring for the sick and feeding the hungry at his own expense. While serving the sick and the poor, he soon resolved to devote himself and his property solely to others, particularly to abandoned children. He founded three orphanages, a shelter for penitent prostitutes and a hospital. </p><p>Around 1532 Jerome and two other priests established a congregation, the Clerks Regular of Somasca, dedicated to the care of orphans and the education of youth. Jerome died in 1537 from a disease he caught while tending the sick. He was canonized in 1767. In 1928 Pius Xl named him the patron of orphans and abandoned children.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus really cannot be merely a part of our life; he must be the center of our life. Unless we preserve some quiet time each day to sit at his feet, our action will become distraction, and we’ll be unhappy.

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