Opus Dei to Produce Cartoon

Of their founder, from the Catholic News Agency:

As the eightieth anniversary of its October 2, 1928 founding approaches, Opus Dei is producing an Italian TV cartoon and mini-series on the life of its founder St. Josemaria Escriva.

The cartoon is in its production phase at Mediaset, a media company owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Opus Dei spokesman Pippo Corigliano told ANSA on Wednesday that the children’s cartoon will give a “necessarily simple” view of the Spanish priest who founded the organization and was canonized in 2002.

The miniseries, developed by the media company RAI, aims to include more diverse opinions of the saint.

Opus Dei has about 90,000 members in 90 countries, a few of whom are priests. While about one third of the lay members are celibate, living in Opus Dei centers and devoting themselves to social and charity work, the majority lead regular family lives.

The organization was depicted as sinister in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. In the book and movie, the villain is an albino monk assassin from Opus Dei, even though the group has no monks.

Corigliano told ANSA that the popularity of the books had helped spark interest in Opus Dei.

Guardian Angels

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

336 From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.202 “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.”203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God. 

Not the Devil Anymore

The only major league game that I made it to this season, was back in April when I saw the then last place Tampa Bay Rays playing the almost last place Toronto Blue Jays play a home game in Orlando in April. One of my coworkers who was at the game wondered if what we were seeing was a major league game (he is a Chicago White Sox fan). The Rays won that game and today begin their quest to make it to the World Series, ironically for my coworker anyway, against the Chicago White Sox. Taking the “Devil” out of their name, has worked miracles for the T.B. Rays…

From the Orlando Sentinel, the Five Worst Moments in Rays history:

•The 2000 Hit Parade featuring Vinny CastillaGreg Vaughn and Jose Canseco‘s syringes

•Trading Bobby Abreu for Kevin Stocker

•Drafting Josh Hamilton over Josh Beckett with the No. 1 pick in 1999

•Signing a 30-year lease at Tropicana Field

•Giving Wilson Alvarez $35 million to go 17-26 over three seasons

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