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Material Girls

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Source: Catholic News Service

Leaden comedy about a pair of spoiled cosmetic heiresses (played by real-life siblings Hilary and Haylie Duff) who, investigating alleged product-related skin damage cases that threaten to sink stocks and tarnish their late father's reputation, suspect that an ambitious rival (Anjelica Huston) -- who wants to buy their company -- is the culprit. Directed by Martha Coolidge, the satirizing of celebrity and superficiality is undermined by a lame script and irritatingly ditzy performances by the sisters, while a few suggestive elements preclude recommendation for tweens. Some crude language, mildly suggestive situations and wardrobe, innuendo, and brief references to prostitution and birth control, limiting its appropriate audience to older adolescents and up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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<p>James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near Milan in 1364. He married a woman who, like him, appreciated the comforts that came with wealth. But an outbreak of plague drove James, his wife and their three children out of their home and into the countryside. Despite those precautions, two of his daughters died from the plague, James determined to use whatever time he had left to build up treasures in heaven and to build God’s realm on earth. </p><p>He and his wife became Secular Franciscans. James gave up his old lifestyle and did penance for his sins. He cared for a sick priest, who taught him Latin. Upon the death of his wife, James himself became a priest. His house was transformed into a chapel where small groups of people, many of them fellow Secular Franciscans, came for prayer and support. James focused on caring for the sick and for prisoners of war. He died in 1404 after contracting a disease from one of his patients. </p><p>James Oldo was beatified in 1933.</p> American Catholic Blog Charity for the poor is like a living flame: the more dry the wood, the brighter it burns.


 
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