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JUN
6

Biography of St Josemaria newly published in English

The Man of Villa Tevere by Pilar Urbano paints a remarkably vivid portrait of the day-to-day life of St. Josemaria Escriva, “the patron saint of ordinary life.” Set in the world headquarters of Opus Dei and rich with anecdotes, this acclaimed biography chronicles the construction of the Roman center in the 1950s through Monsignor Escriva’s death there in 1975. Tags: books, Rome
JUN
6

Dragons Can Change Lives

When you step inside a movie theater, you never know what’s going to happen… there in the dark, for an hour or two. A movie is a powerful thing, and There Be Dragons has already demonstrated the power to change the lives not only of viewers but also of actors. Tags: Conversion, Film, There be Dragons
MAY
21

Even Saints Have a Past

Roland Joffé, the director of Mission, returns to a Catholic subject with a movie that features Saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, and themes of war, love and forgiveness Tags: Peace, Film, There be Dragons
MAY
21

The Real St. Josemaria Escriva and the Film Version

Opus Dei member who worked with the founder reflects on There Be Dragons treatment of St. Josemaria Tags: Opus Dei, US, There be Dragons
MAY
14

Former spokesperson for JPII, invests in Hollywood

Joaquin Navarro Valls, former spokesperson under John Paul II, is finding success in Hollywood. In 2005 he worked in an Italian-American production on Karol Wojtyla. Five years later he invested in the film "There be Dragons." It's a movie about the founder of Opus Dei. He says, even 'Dan Brown will appreciate it when he sees it.'" Tags: Pope John Paul II, Film, There be Dragons
MAY
12

In the footsteps of a Saint

Before he made the film, he admits, he’d never heard of Josemaria Escriva. But researching, what struck him most was the saint’s humanity – and his ability, examined in the film, to forgive. ‘It was an example I had to put into practice, because one day when we were filming I returned to my trailer to find someone had broken in and cleaned the place out completely’.
‘The following day I was due to film one of the big scenes in which Josemaria shows how he can forgive, and I remember thinking: this is really interesting'. Tags: Forgiveness, Film, There be Dragons, Character
MAY
12

New information for the history of Josemaría Escrivá and Opus Dei

The premiere of the latest film by Roland Joffé, There Be Dragons is attracting an ever increasing interest in the life and history of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei. One of the characters that appears with Escrivá in this film is "Juan" (Juan Jiménez Vargas), a young an energetic doctor who accompanied him in times that were very difficult, while escaping the religious persecution during the Spanish civil war. Tags: Education, History, Opus Dei, Rome, There be Dragons
MAY
8

The Dragons of Life

Fr. John Paul Wauck is a professor in Rome, and he was an on-set adviser to the movie There Be Dragons, a positive portrayal of religion — based on the early years of St. Josemaría Escrivá — that will be on the silver screen starting today. Fr. Wauck talks to National Review Online about the movie itself and what he picked up about moviemaking along the way. Tags: Opus Dei, Film, There be Dragons
MAY
6

‘There Be Dragons’ Reviewed by Chris Allsop

Let us be clear, fantasy fans: There are no dragons in “There Be Dragons.” Instead what we have is one director’s fantastic and overblown story about love and dishonor, family and faith set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. Tags: There be Dragons
MAY
5

Actor Explores Human Side of St. Josemaría Escrivá

St. Josemaría Escrivá was a man with struggles and doubts, but, says the actor who portrays him in "There Be Dragons," the Spanish saint stayed committed to his calling and accessed "an extraordinary part of himself" -- something that "we are, perhaps, all capable of doing. "In this interview, Cox tells ZENIT that he "wanted the audience to see a man, a real man" -- even someone who people could relate to in their own lives. Tags: Film, There be Dragons
MAY
5

"Inspired to love": San Josemaría 2.0

A huge number of different people find inspiration in St Josemaria’s message. A new documentary, available on the internet, aims to show something of the variety of people, and the ways in which his message is applied in all sorts of different circumstances, now in the 21st century. The documentary is called “Inspired to Love”, produced by Digito Identidad and directed by Juan Martin Esratty. Tags: Love, Internet, Video
MAY
5

Movie 'There Be Dragons' changes the life of actor Wes Bentley

"There Be Dragons," the historical epic written and directed by Roland Joffé which is in theaters since May, has already had a profound impact on some people, including actor Wes Bentley ("American Beauty," "The Four Feathers."). Tags: Film, There be Dragons
MAY
5

Movie Inspires Forgiveness Movement

On the eve of the U.S. premiere, ZENIT spoke with Navarro-Valls, who is investor in the movie, on his personal relationship with St. Josemaría Escrivá and why he became involved with "There Be Dragons." Without intending to do so, the movie "There Be Dragons," set for release in the U.S. this Friday, has set off a "movement of many people who feel moved to forgive," says Joaquín Navarro-Valls. Tags: Understanding, Holiness, Forgiveness, Film, There be Dragons
APR
30

Faith: There Be Dragons: A movie about the power of forgiveness to premiere in Ann Arbor area the weekend of May 6

Every once in a while, a movie comes along which stirs up in its audiences the conviction that they were meant to live extraordinary lives...lives of love, forgiveness, and surpassing beauty. Tags: US, There be Dragons
APR
30

Review of "There Be Dragons", by Juan Manuel de Prada

In a place where atavistic hatreds are triumphing, Josemaría Escrivá sows a seed of forgiveness and reconciliation whose fruits will spread over the generations, crossing frontiers, healing wounds that seemed incurable. The priest who carried that light is Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei, and the source of that light is, of course, divine. Tags: There be Dragons