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COLOMBIAN television is known for more than Sofia Vergara.

The hot new show, in fact, is a telenovela dramatizing the life of the country's only Roman Catholic saint.

But the show is now shrouded in controversy after devotees of the missionary nun known universally as Madre Laura filed a lawsuit seeking to correct what they say is an unseemly depiction.

Born in Colombia's coffee-growing region in 1874, Laura Montoya was a nun and teacher who devoted her life to protecting indigenous tribes from discrimination and violence by the country's white elite. Her work on their behalf was emulated in poor, mostly black and indigenous communities across Colombia, and today hundreds of missionaries from her order are in 21 countries, from Angola to Haiti.

Montoya was canonized in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI and her sainthood confirmed by Pope Francis a year later in a ceremony that saw Colombia, one of Latin America's most fervently Catholic nations, rejoice with pride.

Bogota-based television network Caracol, which is producing "Laura, the Colombian Saint," is, however, best known for programs with names like "Without Breasts There's No Paradise."

Don't judge. That show is awesome.

So, what gives?

The Congregation of Missionaries of Mary Immaculate and St. Catherine of Sienna, the order founded by Laura, says that despite repeated requests it was never consulted by Caracol about the script. The group questions the network's right to use Laura's name and image, whose copyright it claims.

You can copyright a saint?

The order also has denounced the telenovela over fears that it will depict romantic relationships it says never existed and include tasteless dialogue by men criticizing Laura's physical appearance.

(By comparison, nuns in American productions have been played by Ingrid Bergman, Anna Karina, Nastassja Kinski, Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Amy Adams, Sally Field and Raquel Welch, to avoid men criticizing their physical appearance.)

"We're all disgusted by the bad image they're giving our saint," Mother Maria del Carmen, a devotee, told the Associated Press, without having seen the show.

One religious leader says that this is much ado about nun-thing.

"The nuns are scandalized by everything," said Manuel Diaz Alvarez, a priest living in Venezuela who wrote a 2004 biography of Laura. "She was someone who overcame obstacles little by little, not a stupid angel who came from above."

Happy B'day, Franklin!

It was 47 years ago tomorrow that Charles M. Schulz added Franklin to the "Peanuts" gang, in response to a letter by teacher Harriet Glickman, who wrote Schulz following the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., urging him to add an African-American character to his popular comic strip.

"Franklin Armstrong" was introduced on July 31, 1968, representing the importance of desegregation.

To wish Franklin a happy birthday and acknowledge his importance to "Peanuts," post a photo on your social-media platforms with the hashtag #FranklinDay.

Franklin returns in "The Peanuts Movie" on Nov. 6.


* One of the least popular dentists in the world yesterday was a Minnesotan named Walter Palmer, who posed for a glam shot of himself and a guide standing above a dead lion in Zimbabwe.

Turns out the lion, Cecil, was a very popular lion, a friend to many, father of six, a tagged subject of scientific research and a big-money tourist attraction.

It's also possible that Cecil was killed illegally, outside of his protected area, lured by fresh food.

And Palmer paid $50,000 to go on the hunt that landed him.

Hollywood animal lovers/human beings like Ricky Gervais, Olivia Wilde, Sharon Osbourne and Cara Delevingne tweeted their outrage.

Piers Morgan raised the ante by sending out: "I will sell tickets for $50,000 to anyone who wants to come with me and track down fat, greedy, selfish, murderous businessmen like Dr Palmer in their natural habit."

Then Mia Farrow went one step further by tweeting the dentist's address.

Even folks who wanted to see the dentist's own head mounted thought that was going too far.

* Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has signed a solo record deal with RCA. He says he wants to make "real music."

As opposed to that One Direction stuff, which made him real rich.

* According to "Access Hollywood," recently split Miranda Lambert took the stage to perform at Nashville's iconic 3rd & Lindsley Bar and Grill and told the audience, "I've been living off caffeine and sad songs lately, so we're gonna drink some caffeine and sing some sad songs."

She later posted a photo with her friend RaeLynn with the caption, "Thank you Jesus for girlfriends and coffee. Oh and concealer!"

That would be from the Gospel according to MAC.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


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