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Transporter 3

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Source: Catholic News Service

In the third go-round for this extremely violent, borderline nonsensical action franchise, courier-for-hire Frank Martin (Jason Statham) is forced to drive the kidnapped daughter of Ukraine's environment minister from Marseilles, France, to Odessa, Ukraine, as part of a scheme to persuade her father to let a sinister multinational corporation dump toxic sludge inside the country. Although the hero exhibits more evolved emotions than he did in 2002's "Transporter" or its 2005 sequel, director Olivier Megaton sticks to the plan of seeing how frenetic and stylized the fights and chases can become before the cynical enterprise self-destructs. Pervasive violence, frequent crude language, some profanity and rough language, an implied sexual encounter, scattered innuendo, and an instance of drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O—morally offensive. 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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Leopold Mandic: Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers.
<p>A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many years he also suffered from severe arthritis, poor eyesight and a stomach ailment.
</p><p>Leopold taught patrology, the study of the Church Fathers, to the clerics of his province for several years, but he is best known for his work in the confessional, where he sometimes spent 13-15 hours a day. Several bishops sought out his spiritual advice.
</p><p>Leopold’s dream was to go to the Orthodox Christians and work for the reunion of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. His health never permitted it. Leopold often renewed his vow to go to the Eastern Christians; the cause of unity was constantly in his prayers.
</p><p>At a time when Pope Pius XII said that the greatest sin of our time is "to have lost all sense of sin," Leopold had a profound sense of sin and an even firmer sense of God’s grace awaiting human cooperation.
</p><p>Leopold, who lived most of his life in Padua, died on July 30, 1942, and was canonized in 1982.</p> American Catholic Blog Good parenthood is a blend of yes and no. Knowing when to say no and enforce it leads to more yeses. No doesn’t shrink a child’s world; it expands it.

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