February 15, 2006 |
The conservative Roman Catholic group Opus Dei said Tuesday that it had no intention of calling for a boycott of the upcoming film "The Da Vinci Code," but said it hopes the much-awaited film could still be changed so that "there aren't references that would hurt Catholics."
April 15, 2006 |
Vatican officials and Opus Dei, the Roman Catholic group portrayed negatively in "The Da Vinci Code," spent part of Good Friday reminding the public of their objections to the film, which has not yet been released. Opus Dei's Japan office asked Sony Corp. to include a disclaimer that would label the thriller as entirely fictional, calling such a decision "an expression of respect toward Jesus Christ, the history of the church and the religious beliefs of viewers."
May 5, 2006 |
Roman Catholic scholars gathered in Rome on Thursday to explore whether the soon-to-be-released film version of "The Da Vinci Code" will spread hostile sentiment against the church or provide an opportunity to draw people closer to religion.
December 19, 2001 |
A Vatican department has given the initial green light for Msgr. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the Spanish founder of the controversial Roman Catholic group Opus Dei, to be declared a saint by Pope John Paul II, sources said. The Vatican sources said the Congregation for the Causes of Saints also approved the sainthood cause of Padre Pio, an internationally famous mystic Italian monk who died in 1968.
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November 30, 2002 |
A New Jersey priest has been named the U.S. leader of Opus Dei, one of the Roman Catholic Church's most controversial and fastest-growing movements. The Rev. Thomas G. Bohlin was appointed vicar for the United States by Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of the Rome-based movement. Opus Dei was founded in 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer to encourage Catholic laity to bring holiness to daily life. Pope John Paul II elevated Escriva to sainthood Oct. 6, 27 years after his death.
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May 27, 2010 |
Los Angeles officially welcomed its next Roman Catholic archbishop Wednesday with a celebratory Mass that included a bit of just about everything: tears, drama, majesty, song, hats, incense, a cast of thousands, prayer and even a little slapstick humor. At the end of the two-hour service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles, the outgoing archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony, told the incoming archbishop, Jose Gomez, that church rules demand that the ceremonial throne for the prelate "must be fitting."