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The Dukes

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Source: Catholic News Service

Two cash-strapped cousins (Robert Davi and Chazz Palminteri) who once enjoyed fame as part of the titular doo-wop singing group join their two best friends -- a former stand-up comic (Frank D'Amico) and an out-of-work airline mechanic (Elya Baskin)—in a bungling burglary scheme. Davi, who also directed and co-wrote, creates a low-key working-class drama far more concerned with friendship and perseverance than crime, though the comic treatment of one character's sexual exploits is unwelcome. Brief nongraphic, nonmarital sexual activity, drug use, some sexual humor, one use of the S-word, occasional crass language, and a couple of uses of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13—parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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<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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