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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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Source: Catholic News Service

Best friends vacationing in Spain—one nonchalantly uninhibited (Scarlett Johansson), the other respectably pragmatic (Rebecca Hall)—accept a charming artist's (Javier Bardem) invitation for a cozy weekend in a resort town, leading to triangular complications, eventually muddied further by the arrival of the artist's volatile ex-wife (Penelope Cruz), and the formation of a temporary "menage a trois." Though this diverting romantic comedy is almost fablelike in presentation (and therefore not to be taken literally), the cast and locale engaging, overt sexual elements minimal, and the characters' actions not entirely devoid of moral weight, the premise of the film may still prove problematic. An implied sexual threesome, a casual view of nonmarital sex and two brief nongraphic encounters, an implied extramarital dalliance, a nihilistic worldview, a few crude words and profanities, and brief gun violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L—limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13—parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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<p>Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured their future, he entered the Friars Minor at Galatone in 1754. For 53 years he served at St. Paschal’s Hospice in Naples in various roles, such as cook, porter or most often as official beggar for that community. </p><p>“Love God, love God” was his characteristic phrase as he gathered food for the friars and shared some of his bounty with the poor—all the while consoling the troubled and urging everyone to repent. The charity which he reflected on the streets of Naples was born in prayer and nurtured in the common life of the friars. The people whom Giles met on his begging rounds nicknamed him the “Consoler of Naples.” He was canonized in 1996.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus, our crucified Lord, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to see the ways in which we not only act out in selfishness, greed, or shortsightedness, but also in those ways we choose to ignore, forget, and step over aspects of our lives and others for which we need 
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