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Veronica Guerin

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Source: Catholic News Service

Truth-based story about an Irish investigative journalist (Cate Blanchett) whose murder in 1996 for exposing high-level organized crime made her a national hero and helped turn the tide in Ireland's war on drugs. While Guerin's real-life martyrdom makes for compelling drama, the biopic, directed by Joel Schumacher, fails to offer any meaningful insights into what fueled its subject's passion, focusing almost entirely on a superficial documenting of the dangers she faced, hedging awkwardly between grittiness and gloss, and resulting in a stylistically schizophrenic -- yet ultimately engaging -- portrait of heroism. Recurring graphic violence and drug abuse, an implied sexual encounter, as well as much rough and crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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<p>Legends abound about the life of Lazarus after the death and resurrection of Jesus. He is supposed to have left a written account of what he saw in the next world before he was called back to life. Some say he followed Peter into Syria. Another story is that despite being put into a leaking boat by the Jews at Jaffa, he, his sisters and others landed safely in Cyprus. There he died peacefully after serving as bishop for 30 years. </p><p>A church was built in his honor in Constantinople and some of his reputed relics were transferred there in 890. A Western legend has the oarless boat arriving in Gaul. There he was bishop of Marseilles, was martyred after making a number of converts and was buried in a cave. His relics were transferred to the new cathedral in Autun in 1146. </p><p>It is certain there was early devotion to the saint. Around the year 390, the pilgrim lady Etheria talks of the procession that took place on the Saturday before Palm Sunday at the tomb where Lazarus had been raised from the dead. In the West, Passion Sunday was called <i>Dominica de Lazaro</i>, and Augustine tells us that in Africa the Gospel of the raising of Lazarus was read at the office of Palm Sunday.</p> American Catholic Blog We need do no more than we are doing at present; that is, to love divine Providence and abandon ourselves in His arms and heart.


 
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