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Eternal

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Source: Catholic News Service

Stylish but salacious thriller about a Montreal vice detective (Conrad Pla) whose investigation into the disappearance of his wife leads him to an alluring mystery woman (Caroline Neron) who may be Erszebet Bathory, a real-life 16th-century Hungarian countess responsible for slaughtering hundreds of virgins and bathing in their blood to quench her vampiric thirst for immortality. Directed by Wilhelm Liebenberg and Federico Sanchez, the racy film has some slick atmospherics, but the filmmakers seem more concerned with titillation than competently telling a story. Recurring lesbian erotica, several kinky sex scenes, one with partial nudity, some gory violence and much rough language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Oliver Plunkett: The name of today's saint is especially familiar to the Irish and the English—and with good reason. The English martyred Oliver Plunkett for defending the faith in his native Ireland during a period of severe persecution. 
<p>Born in County Meath in 1629, he studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. After some years of teaching and service to the poor of Rome he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland. Four years later, in 1673, a new wave of anti-Catholic persecution began, forcing Archbishop Plunkett to do his pastoral work in secrecy and disguise and to live in hiding. Meanwhile, many of his priests were sent into exile; schools were closed; Church services had to be held in secret and convents and seminaries were suppressed. As archbishop, he was viewed as ultimately responsible for any rebellion or political activity among his parishioners. 
</p><p>Archbishop Plunkett was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle in 1679, but his trial was moved to London. After deliberating for 15 minutes, a jury found him guilty of fomenting revolt. He was hanged, drawn and quartered in July 1681. 
</p><p>Pope Paul VI canonized Oliver Plunkett in 1975.</p> American Catholic Blog God had a plan even before he created Adam and Eve. God is never caught off guard. He knows all. He sees all. And he is working all things together for the good of his children. Nothing can stop his plan of mercy and love.

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