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.

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