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For Lent and Easter, Catholic Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops Recommend SON OF GOD Movie

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March 20, 2014 - 7:16 PDT


Los Angeles, CA (March 20, 2014) - Catholic cardinals and archbishops across the country are recommending that Catholics use the hit movie about Jesus' life called SON OF GOD and its free Catholic catechetical companion study guide and video series as tools for reflection during the Lenten Season in preparation for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

"Personally, I would recommend to individuals, but particularly to families, this wonderful story of the Son of God, in order to be inspired all over again with the story of God's love for us," said Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Archbishop of Washington DC, an early supporter of SON OF GOD.

"In SON OF GOD, through a cinematic recreation of events, we get to witness the sacrifices Jesus endured for our sins. The scenes of the movie, particularly of Our Lord's Passion, bear a striking resemblance to the Stations of the Cross, and can be used as a way to meditate and reflect on His self-giving loving sacrifice for us during this season of Lent," Archbishop Louis Kurtz from the Archdiocese of Louisville, KY and President of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).

"The movie SON OF GOD is a very important film, because it gives us the opportunity, especially now as Lent begins - to realize God's daily presence in our own lives, just as the apostles experienced it in the person of Jesus," said Archbishop Jose Gomez from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA.

More Catholic bishop endorsements, resources and the companion study guide and video series can be found on, SON OF GOD's official Catholic website.

Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, Associate General Secretary of the USCCB and the Archdiocese of Washington DC worked together in creating the guide and video series, in order to help deepen Catholics' faith and for further meditation on important truths the film conveys.

According to Bransfield, himself an accomplished Catholic author, it's helpful if one uses the tools after viewing the entire SON OF GOD movie. This is crucial, since it can serve as a type of meditation on the identified and highlighted Scriptural verse.

Available in English and Spanish, SON OF GOD's study guide and video series (Spanish one contains sub-titles and uses the film's Spanish-language version, with For Greater Glory and Bella actor Eduardo Verastegui as the voice of Jesus), draws on sacred scripture to discuss six movie scenes - creation of the world, the Incarnation, call of Saint Peter, walking on water, the Last Supper and the confrontation between Jesus and Pilate.

Released by Twentieth Century Fox on February 28, 2014 - five days before Ash Wednesday, SON OF GOD claimed that weekend's number two box office spot with $25 million worth of tickets sold and total revenues to date of $51 million. Included in that number, and for the first time, were multi-city theater buyouts in Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington DC, thanks to generous Catholic benefactors who purchased and then donated tickets to various Catholic dioceses in those cities.

SON OF GOD also made Hollywood history, representing the second-biggest opening ever at the box office for a Jesus movie, the first being the Passion of The Christ. Clearly, movie-goers were impressed, receiving it with great warmth, affection and enthusiasm, according to two industry standard movie-pollster companies, CinemaScore and PostTrak, and the popular fan-rated website Fandango.

On opening weekend, audiences gave SON OF GOD a 90% positive response and a 5-star rating for likability, tying it with 3D-animated Lego on PostTrak. Their movie "grade" was equally high, with CinemaScore reporting an A-, compared to an A for this year's Academy-Award Best Picture film 12 Years a Slave. Fandango fans rated it as number one.

SON OF GOD was produced by actress Roma Downey, a Catholic, known for her work in the TV series "Touched by an Angel" Downey also appears in SON OF GOD as Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her husband and SON OF GOD co-producer is Mark Burnett, the reality-TV mega producer of shows "Survivor," "The Voice," "Shark Tank" and "The Bible."

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Told with the scope and scale of an action-packed epic, the film features excellent performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado beautifully portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from His humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension into heaven.

SON OF GOD can be seen in theaters throughout the US. Check for movie times and locations.

Here is the full list of Catholic religious leaders who endorsed SON OF GOD - Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington DC, Donald Wuerl; Archbishop Louis Kurtz from the Archdiocese of Louisville, KY and President of the USCCB; Archbishop Jose Gomez from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA; Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, Diocese of San Antonio, TX; Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI; Bishop William F. Murphy, Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY; Bishop Kevin Vann, Diocese of Orange County, CA; Bishop David Zubik Diocese of Pittsburgh and Bishop David Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay, WI.

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