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Maleficent: The Story of Motherhood that Redeems


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They meet, fall in love, make big plans, and promise each other eternal faithfulness. Everything seems to be getting better and better--until pride takes over, and personal rather than shared interests come into play. Thus the dream ends: the two separate from each other, or worse, begin to hate each other and make war. They forget that they dreamed to accomplish great things together and that they swore unending love.

It is a typical plot in the world of literature and on the big screen, one which many viewers who have experienced fading feelings, or who have changed their mind because of betrayal or abandonment, can relate to.

Disney recently revisited this plot with the story of Maleficent, the famous "wicked witch" from the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, whose story is told in a completely original way in a movie directed by Robert Stromberg. The film marked his debut as a director with Angelina Jolie playing the part of the protagonist.

The story began long before Princess Aurora was enchanted into a perpetual sleep on her sixteenth birthday, long before the fairy even earned her role as anti-hero in the story.

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Violent Media, Children, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Role of Genes

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One of the factors that might influence the differences found in children's consumption of violent television programs and videogames is DNA. This is precisely the suggestion offered by a survey entitled Media Violence and Children's ADHD-Related Behaviors: A Genetic Susceptibility Perspective, recently published in the “Journal of Communication”.

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Bye Bye Facebook?

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Why did Facebook buy WhatsApp? The 19 billion dollar “hit,” which occurred in February, shocked the digital network markets. For the few who may not know, WhatsApp is an application downloaded onto smartphones in order to exchange written and voice messages, as well as to send attachments (photos, videos, etc.) between individuals or groups. It is the more efficient and cost free evolution of text messages.

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Towards the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family:Time for Reflection amidst Crisis

Towards the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family:Time for Reflection amidst Crisis

To build a new family, especially in times of crisis, is certainly not easy.

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Family or Families?

Family or Families?

We anticipate the translated text of Prof. Malo's lecture, Family or Families? Tow...

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Policies and Participation in Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia

Policies and Participation in Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia

Laura Stein's article published in Communication, Culture & Critique —6, (20...

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An Unending Spiral: The Price Bitter of Divorce
 An Analysis of the Documentary “Divorce Corp” by Stephen Sorge

An Unending Spiral: The Price Bitter of Divorce
 An Analysis of the Documentary “Divorce Corp” by Stephen Sorge

It is an almost desperate cry, a warning perhaps the last call before a definiti...

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What happens when it is the children who teach their parents to use new technology?

What happens when it is the children who teach their parents to use new technology?

The question has become more and more relevant: in what way and to what extent d...

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Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

 

We offer to our readers the Introduction to the book just published, Feder...

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Thoughts on How to Creatively Communicate What the Family is

From April 28th to 30th, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome hos...

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The Image of Fatherhood in 100 Movies

We are happy to announce the presentation of a soon-to-be-published book that ga...

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To buy or not to buy Ps4 or Xbox One?

To buy or not to buy Ps4 or Xbox One?

Figures show that the market of videogames is holding its breath. Two culminatin...

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Letter from a husband to his wife

YOUR BODY ENCHANTS ME

My beloved bride:

I truly wish you knew how much I love your...

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Publications and Documents

pdf-icoCreative Language: Decoding, Reframing and Defending Concepts of Human Identity
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pdf-icoFamily or Families?
Towards a better understanding of Humanization and Generativity
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pdf-icoSocial Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe Familiaris consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) thirty years later
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna. Bologna, AMBER Association, 22 January 2012.
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pdf-icoFamily relationships, how they are presented in the media, and virtual relationshipsNorberto González Gaitano (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross).Giovanni Spadolini’s Hall. Senate of the Italian Republic.International Day of the Family, May 13, 2011.
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pdf-icoThe secret of brands. What’s hidden behind the communication of fashion: real needs or only emotive suggestions?The new edition of What’s left of the media by Gianfranco Bettetini and Armando Fumagalli (Quel che resta dei media; Franco Angeli, Milan) has recently hit bookstores.
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of John Paul II for the 38th World Communications Day (2004)
"The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness ."
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Communications Day (2009)
"New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship."
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