Showing posts with label Roman Catholic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Roman Catholic. Show all posts

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Movies About The Saints On DVD

With Christmas coming up, here are a few suggestions for movies on DVD about the lives of some popular saints.

I will list these here by the saints name, followed by the movie title and a short description of the film. You can click the films image which will take you to Ignatius Press if you'd like to buy the DVD for your own collection or to give as a gift.

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Saint Thomas More

"A Man For All Seasons"

Special Edition This is the acclaimed Academy Award winning drama about the conflict between St.Thomas More and King Henry VIII which is filled with intrigue and courage. Robert Shaw stars as Henry, who wants to divorce his wife in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Only Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in this film) has the courage and conviction to oppose the King's will.

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe

"Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz"

Highly acclaimed actor Leonardo Defilippis gives a stunning performance in this one-man drama of the heroic life and death of St. Maximilian Kolbe, the martyr of charity at Auschwitz. 

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Saint Rita of Cascia

"Saint Rita

Famous as the patron of hopeless situations, St. Rita of Cascia is immortalized in this wonderful, deeply moving film about this beautiful woman who lived in Italy in the 14th century. 

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Saint Francis of Assisi

"Saint Francis" 

Filmed on location in Assisi and other actual locations where St. Francis lived and died, this feature film vividly tells the story of this greatly beloved saint from childhood through his death. Beautifully filmed with outstanding cinematography and fine acting talent, this film stars Italian actor Raoul Bova as Francis and was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michele Soavi.

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Saint Anthony of Padua

"Saint Anthony"

This is the first major feature length drama on the life of St. Anthony of Padua, the beloved miracle worker and one of the most popular saints in Christian history. Made in Italy with top-notch acting talent, and superb cinematography, this is an outstanding film on the amazing life of St. Anthony.

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Saint Therese of Lisieux

"Saint Therese of the Child Jesus"

This definitive film, made in honor of the 100th anniversary of her death (1897), tells the story of the life of St. Therese of Lisieux from childhood to her holy death as a Carmelite nun. Filmed on location in France it gives her whole story through interviews, dramatizations, examination of her writings and extensive visits to her home and inside the Carmel at Lisieux.

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Saint Peter the Apostle

"Saint Peter"

Legendary actor Omar Sharif gives a deeply moving, authentic portrayal in this epic film about St. Peter, the leader of the Apostles and first Pope, filmed on location in Europe.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Actor Andy Garcia Fights for Religious Freedom in 'For Greater Glory' | Daily News |

The following excerpts are from the National Catholic Register's interview with actor Andy Garcia regarding his role as atheistic General Enrique Gorostieta, which opens on April 20 in Mexico and June 1 in the United States:

What motivated you to take the role of Gen. Enrique Gorostieta in For Greater Glory?
I knew nothing about this story and was intrigued that it actually happened. So, No. 1, I was interested that something like this happened, and I hadn’t been aware of it.

After I read the script, I saw the research. The director brought me the Jean Mayer book on the Cristero War. As I got into the story, I found it was scintillating subject matter, and I was honored to be a part of it.

As a Cuban American, did the film’s theme of religious freedom have special resonance with you?
Sure; of course. When Castro took power in Cuba, the first thing he did was kick the Church and synagogues out of Cuba. In the Marxist-Leninist tradition, religion was seen as the opiate of the people. So there was an innate parallel there. It was easy to fight that fight in the movie because it was connected to my subconscious and my own history.

Given the current debate over religious freedom in this country, the timing of this film is particularly relevant, isn’t it?
Yes. There’s a price for freedom. The battle for religious freedom is going on around the world in many countries, on many different levels. You can’t take freedom for granted.

Click the link below to read the entire article,, and below the link, is Trailer #1 of the film "For Greater Glory".

Actor Andy Garcia Fights for Religious Freedom in 'For Greater Glory' | Daily News |

Monday, October 24, 2011

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Catholic Revolution Will Be Televised - Kathryn Lopez - Townhall Conservative

The article linked to is by Townhall columnist Kathyrn Lopez. Here are a couple of excerpts from that article.

  • Barron, a Chicago priest and professor, has created a remarkable book and TV series called "Catholicism" -- which, in reintroducing a 2,000-year-old tradition, manages to be both elaborate and humble. It's self-conscious as a work of evangelization (complete with available study guides and a prayer card for those who care for such things), yet welcoming to a wide potential audience.
  • Barron characterizes his effort as a "guided exploration of the Catholic world ... conducting you ever deeper into the mystery of the Incarnation in the hopes that you might be transformed by its power." He makes excellent use of the vibrancy of technology to reintroduce a vocabulary and tradition that has, of late, been too much hindered by a lack of confidence.

Click the link below to read the entire piece:
The Catholic Revolution Will Be Televised - Kathryn Lopez - Townhall Conservative

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

New Publication of Saint Irenaeus' Writing : "Against Heresies"

There is a new publication in a single volume, of the complete English text of Saint Irenaeus' "Against Heresies". This is the writing Saint Irenaeus used to expose the fallacies of Gnosticism, and to eliminate it as a threat to the true faith.

According to the publishers: "the text is freshly re-typeset, but retains the complete translation from the Ante-Nicene Fathers series"...

This would be a great addition to any library of the Early Church Fathers. Saint Irenaeus' "Against Heresies" is available for purchase in hardcover at :