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World's Fastest Indian, The


Source: Catholic News Service

Feel-good film about real-life New Zealand race car driver Burt Munro, an elderly man with his 1920s Indian Twin Scout motorbike, who against all odds packed up and went to the United States to break the land speed record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Roger Donaldson has directed Anthony Hopkins to give one of his very best screen performances, so natural it hardly looks as if he's acting, and the inspiring themes of perseverance, defying the odds, and Burt's nonjudgmental embrace of humanity balance the sometimes lumbering pace of a longish length (more than two hours), and his character's atheistic worldview. Scattered profanity, permissive view of premarital sex, a transvestite character, brief solicitation by a prostitute, drug use, some innuendo. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. 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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Denis and Companions: This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the great abbey church of St. Denis in Paris. He was for a time confused with the writer now called Pseudo-Dionysius. 
<p>The best hypothesis contends that Denis was sent to Gaul from Rome in the third century and beheaded in the persecution under Emperor Valerius in 258. </p><p>According to one of the legends, after he was martyred on Montmartre (literally, "mountain of martyrs") in Paris, he carried his head to a village northeast of the city. St. Genevieve built a basilica over his tomb at the beginning of the sixth century.</p> American Catholic Blog The saints share in God’s glory, for they are God’s new creation through Jesus Christ. This new creation radiates God’s glory, for God fills the saints with his grace. He shares his glory, his divine life, with those who are willing to receive it through the work and person of Jesus Christ.

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