St. Josemaría on video
The web page of Opus Dei (www.opusdei.org) has opened a new section: “Short videos of the Founder.” In 52 installments, one for each week of the year, it offers brief excerpts from get-togethers with St. Josemaría. As John Paul II said on October 6, 2002 during the canonization homily, the Founder “has helped so many ordinary members of the faithful to discover the redemptive power of faith, its capacity to transform the earth.” These videos show part of his conversations with large audiences, sometimes thousands of people, in which St. Josemaría answers the questions and concerns of those present: “How can I love my children more each day?”; “Speak to us about confession”; “Father, life has dealt me a setback”; “How can I sanctify my work?”
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On Tuesday, August 19, the documentary “Learning to love: a dialogue with St. Josemaría Escrivá,” produced by Juan Martín Ezratty, was presented in the Borges Cultural Center of Buenos Aires. The video reflects teachings of the Founder of Opus Dei about forgiveness, understanding, affection, helping others in family life, at work, and in social relations.
Also taking part in the production were: Sara Shaw de Crito, president of FundTV; Federico Suarez, religion coordinator for the city of Buenos Aires; Juan Pablo Cannata, from the Opus Dei Office of Communications in Argentina, and Omar Abboud, representative of the Islamic Center of the Argentinean Republic. The moderator was journalist Rolando Vera.
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On October 19, the Italian television network Rete 4 broadcast an animated movie about St. Josemaría Escrivá that depicts episodes from the saint’s childhood. The film was made in North Korea and produced by Mondo TV, one of the principal European producers of animated films. The text was by the Italian writer Francesc Arlanch.
Romana, No. 47, July-December 2008, p. 321.