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Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Sweet but stale sequel about a young American (Anne Hathaway) who, in preparing to ascend the throne of a small European kingdom, learns that she cannot become queen until she is married, leaving her 30 days to find a groom before she must forfeit the crown to her royal rival, a dashing prince (Chris Pine) with whom she falls in love. As directed by Garry Marshall, the wholesome-toned tale is full of Cinderella-like romance sure to enchant its targeted audience of pre-pubescent princess-wannabes, but which may make older viewers pull a Sleeping Beauty. Some thematic elements and a few brief kissing scenes. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G -- general audiences, all ages admitted.

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David of Wales: David is the patron saint of Wales and perhaps the most famous of British saints. Ironically, we have little reliable information about him. 
<p>It is known that he became a priest, engaged in missionary work and founded many monasteries, including his principal abbey in southwestern Wales. Many stories and legends sprang up about David and his Welsh monks. Their austerity was extreme. They worked in silence without the help of animals to till the soil. Their food was limited to bread, vegetables and water. </p><p>In about the year 550, David attended a synod where his eloquence impressed his fellow monks to such a degree that he was elected primate of the region. The episcopal see was moved to Mynyw, where he had his monastery (now called St. David's). He ruled his diocese until he had reached a very old age. His last words to his monks and subjects were: "Be joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep your faith, and do the little things that you have seen and heard with me." </p><p>St. David is pictured standing on a mound with a dove on his shoulder. The legend is that once while he was preaching a dove descended to his shoulder and the earth rose to lift him high above the people so that he could be heard. Over 50 churches in South Wales were dedicated to him in pre-Reformation days.</p> American Catholic Blog When we recognize the wounded Jesus in ourselves, we are quite likely to go out of our hearts and minds to recognize Him in those around us. And, as we tend our own selves, we are moved to tend others as we can, whether through action or prayer. Our lives can truly echo the caring words and provide the caring touch of Christ.


 
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