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Youth Without Youth

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Source: Catholic News Service

Visually rich but dramatically deficient fable in which a 70-year-old Romanian scholar (Tim Roth) regains his youth and acquires superhuman powers -- as well as a split personality -- after being struck by lightning, is protected and given a new identity by his doctor (Bruno Ganz), romances a Nazi spy (Alexandra Pirici) but evades her masters who want to study him, escaping to Switzerland, where he falls in love with a tourist (Alexandra Maria Lara), who looks exactly like the deceased woman he loved in his youth and who has also been struck by lightning with equally unusual effects. Writer-director Francis Ford Coppola's film captivates the eye but numbs the mind as it moves at a snail's pace through a series of surreal images and didactic conversations. Graphic nonmarital sexual activity; side, rear and upper female nudity; strong imagery of a burn victim; light sexual references; and suicide theme. 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 R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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Jerome Emiliani: A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town and chained in a dungeon. In prison Jerome had a lot of time to think, and he gradually learned how to pray. When he escaped, he returned to Venice where he took charge of the education of his nephews—and began his own studies for the priesthood. 
<p>In the years after his ordination, events again called Jerome to a decision and a new lifestyle. Plague and famine swept northern Italy. Jerome began caring for the sick and feeding the hungry at his own expense. While serving the sick and the poor, he soon resolved to devote himself and his property solely to others, particularly to abandoned children. He founded three orphanages, a shelter for penitent prostitutes and a hospital. </p><p>Around 1532 Jerome and two other priests established a congregation, the Clerks Regular of Somasca, dedicated to the care of orphans and the education of youth. Jerome died in 1537 from a disease he caught while tending the sick. He was canonized in 1767. In 1928 Pius Xl named him the patron of orphans and abandoned children.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus really cannot be merely a part of our life; he must be the center of our life. Unless we preserve some quiet time each day to sit at his feet, our action will become distraction, and we’ll be unhappy.

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