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New York Minute

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Source: Catholic News Service

Cotton-candy comedy about twin sisters (Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen) with polar opposite personalities—one studious, the other a slacker—who are sidelined on their way to an important scholarship competition and rock concert, respectively, and wind up being pursued around Manhattan by a bungling gangster (Andy Richter) and an overzealous truant officer (Eugene Levy). The frothy but forgettable fluff, directed by Dennie Gordon, keeps its screwball silliness sanitary while promoting a family-value message, that, compared to harder-edged teen fare, most parents would take in a New York minute…More

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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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