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Ring Two, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Stylish and scary, but less than satisfying, sequel to the 2002 sleeper horror hit, which finds investigative reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her young son, Aidan (David Dorfman), relocating from Seattle to a coastal Oregon community only to have their hopes of a fresh start shattered when a "cursed" videotape -- which, causes certain death seven days after being viewed -- forces Rachel to plumb deeper into the mystery surrounding Samara, a murdered child whose vengeful spirit is set on Aidan. Directed by Hideo Nakata -- who also directed the Japanese fright films on which these American remakes are based -- this one relies less on psychological suspense than special-effect centerpieces, and, despite visual creepiness and some goose bumps, lacks the overall sharpness and originality of the first. Recurring frightening images, some disturbing violence involving child peril, an instance of rough language, and some crude and profane expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III --- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Peter Chrysologus: A man who vigorously pursues a goal may produce results far beyond his expectations and his intentions. Thus it was with Peter of the Golden Words, as he was called, who as a young man became bishop of Ravenna, the capital of the empire in the West. 
<p>At the time there were abuses and vestiges of paganism evident in his diocese, and these he was determined to battle and overcome. His principal weapon was the short sermon, and many of them have come down to us. They do not contain great originality of thought. They are, however, full of moral applications, sound in doctrine and historically significant in that they reveal Christian life in fifth-century Ravenna. So authentic were the contents of his sermons that, some 13 centuries later, he was declared a doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII. He who had earnestly sought to teach and motivate his own flock was recognized as a teacher of the universal Church. </p><p>In addition to his zeal in the exercise of his office, Peter Chrysologus was distinguished by a fierce loyalty to the Church, not only in its teaching, but in its authority as well. He looked upon learning not as a mere opportunity but as an obligation for all, both as a development of God-given faculties and as a solid support for the worship of God. </p><p>Some time before his death, St. Peter returned to Imola, his birthplace, where he died around A.D. 450.</p> American Catholic Blog Just as Jesus resolutely traveled to Jerusalem, knowing that crucifixion awaited him, we know that we need to seek God’s will and embrace God’s support in all situations—even the necessarily painful ones.

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