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Homer Simpson is Catholic

教廷无不在 动画获信仰

The official Vatican newspaper, Osservatore Romano, has declared that Homer Simpson and his son Bart of the American animated TV series "The Simpsons" are Catholics and that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch "the adventures of the little guys in yellow," Reuters reports. The newspaper cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode called "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star." That study concluded that "The Simpsons" is "among the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes."

据路透社报道,梵蒂冈官方报纸《罗马观察报》称,美国动画电视剧集《辛普森一家》的主角荷马·辛普森及其子巴特是天主教徒,父母们应该放心让子女们观看"这些黄色小人的冒险故事"。报纸还援引了耶稣会神父对2005年播出的《神父、神子与神圣的客串明星》的研究。此研究得出的结论为: "能把基督教信仰、宗教和有关上帝的议题作为常用主题的儿童节目为数不多,《辛普森一家》就是其中一部。"

'Avatar' language gains popularity

追赶新潮流 学习纳美语 

The Na'vi language from last year's blockbuster "Avatar" is fast garnering popularity, with online communities springing up to teach it and a recent U.S. invitation-only convention garnering avid fans from as far as Europe, Sydney Morning Herald reports. It has even been picked up by television-musical phenomenon "Glee," which sparked debates in Na'vi forum comments. A free iPhone and iPad App for Na'vi learning was released last week. Websites with the so-called "concise Na'vi dictionary" and "Na'vi in a nutshell" have succeeded in splitting "Avatar" fans into two schools of thought. The language's creator, Paul Frommer, said he did not underestimate the power of the Internet in fuelling people's desire to learn the language.


It is hard to withdraw


The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China refused to allow a woman to withdraw money from an account her mother-in-law opened 33 years ago, Chengdu Evening News reports. The woman, surnamed Huang, had a handwritten deposit form indicating that Tang Yulian had deposited 400 yuan into a People's Bank of China account at the Niushikou office in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, in 1977. The bank has since been taken over by ICBC. ICBC's Sichuan branch said it was difficult to find deposit records made more than 30 years ago, when lists were recorded by hand, but they will make a final reply within three days. Huang could receive a total of 895 yuan based on interest calculations from 1977.




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