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Mar 11

Weekly Updates – March 12, 2017

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Ashes to ashes – Vatican Connections
In this episode, Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at the basilica of Saint Sabina in Rome; we go back at his historic visit to the only Anglican parish in the Eternal City; and take a look at the relationship being rebuilt between the Vatican and a high-ranking Sunni university in Cairo.

Amish Grace
This year is the tenth anniversary of what the Amish people in Pennsylvania call “The Happening.”  In the village of Nickel Mines, in Lancaster County, a heavily armed young man – not Amish – entered an Amish schoolhouse and murdered five little girls, wounded five more and then killed himself.  Correspondent David Tereshchuk reports from Amish country both on what happened and on the extraordinary demonstrations ever since of faith and forgiveness.

Introduction to “Amish Grace,” Wilbur Award winner
“Amish Grace” produced by Kyle A. Clark and Marta M. Mobley won a 2011 Wilbur Award in the Television and Cable: Drama category. Executive producer is Larry A. Thompson; directed by Gregg Champion; and written by Sylvie White and Teena Booth.

Bruce Guthro – Falling

WITNESS: Cardinal Orlando Quevedo
Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo, OMI, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cotabato, was born in Laoag, Philippines, on March 11, 1939 in a northern province but raised in the Muslim region in the South of his country. After studying at Notre Dame high school in Koronadal and at the minor seminary in Quezon City, he entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his first vows in Mission, Texas, in 1957. Returning to the Philippines, he earned his teaching degree from the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He returned to the United States to study theology at Oblate College in Washington, where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. In his early years, he was the dean of student affairs at Notre Dame University in Cotabato, became becoming president of the university. Fr. Orlando was named bishop of Kidapawan in 1980 and archbishop of Nueva Segovia in 1986. Pope John Paul II named him archbishop of Cotabato in 1998. As Archbishop, he served as president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, 1999-2003, and served as general secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, 2005-2011. Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of February 22, 2014, of the Titular Church of Santa Maria «Regina Mundi» a Torre Spaccata. Cardinal Quevedo has been a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (now the Dicastery for Integral Human Development) and the Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
In this wide-ranging WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, Cardinal Quevedo shares his rich, pastoral experience as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate in this bicentennial year of foundation of this major missionary congregation in the Church, as well as his experience as a seasoned shepherd who has the odor of the shee

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Mar 04

Weekly Updates – March 5, 2017

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Catholics and Jews working together in new Menorah exhibit – Vatican Connections
In this episode, we look at a meeting between Pope Francis and an international Jewish delegation; the Holy Father’s speech to university students of Roma Tre; his pastoral visit to a local parish; and the Secretariat of State’s recent decision to monitor the use of the Pope’s image.

Bishop Barron on Evangelizing Through the Good
Revealing the truth of God through rational arguments and displaying the beauty of God through artwork are two powerful means of evangelization. A third path, however, comes in the form of the good. The radicality of the Christian life concretely and heroically lived out draws people to the love of God.

WITNESS – David Delgado
Born in Mexico in 1989, David ́s family moved to Toronto when he was 9. He attended high school at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School and thereafter graduated from the University of Toronto receiving an HBA in International Relations.
While completing his last year of studies at U of T, in 2013, David received the opportunity to participate in a summer exchange program to Israel. From there everything changed for him. The vast history, rich culture, and diverse practice of faiths in the Middle East captured his full attention.
He fell in love with the Holy Land and returned a year later to volunteer in a new and exciting project in Galilee called Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
As part of the Magdala and Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center team, David is in charge of leading the coordination and development of communication channels, seeking new opportunities to spread Magdala ́s message abroad and working with his team to ensure the vision of Magdala is brought to life. Currently David is working on completing his MA in Latin American, Iberian and Israeli Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Pope Video 03 -2017- Support for Persecuted Christians – March 2017
In many parts of the world, there are Christians who are persecuted simply because of the fact that they are Christians. They need not only our material help but also our prayer. Let us join with the Pope in praying for persecuted Christians.
“How many people are being persecuted because of their faith, forced to abandon their homes, their places of worship, their lands, their loved ones!
They are persecuted and killed because they are Christians. Those who persecute them make no distinction between the religious communities to which they belong.
I ask you: how many of you pray for persecuted Christians?
Do it with me, that they may experience the support of all the Churches and communities, through prayer and material assistance.”
From the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer):


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Feb 24

Weekly Updates – February 26, 2017

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WITNESS – Bishop William McGrattan
Most Reverend Bishop William McGrattan was born in London, Ontario on September 19, 1956 and received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master of Divinity from St. Peter’s Seminary in London. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1987 for the Diocese of London. Following three years of pastoral ministry at St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham, Fr. McGrattan continued his studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology in 1992. He returned to London and served on the faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary in London as an associate professor, vice-rector, and dean of theology. He was appointed as rector of the Seminary in 1997. Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. McGrattan Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 2009 and Fr. McGrattan was Bishop in 2009.
As Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, Bishop McGrattan was responsible for the Central Region that includes seventy-one parishes in the central part of the City of Toronto. In addition to his regional responsibilities, he also served as Vicar for Lay Movements and Associations, Vicar for Ethnic Communities, and the liaison bishop for the Catholic School Chaplains of Ontario, the Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario, the Catholic Health Association of Ontario, and the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.
In the spring of 2014, Pope Francis appointed Bishop McGrattan as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough. At the national level, Bishop McGrattan is a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; the CCCB Doctrine Commission from 2011 to the present; the Bishop Liaison for Catholic Health Alliance of Canada CHAC from 2011 to the present; the National Spiritual Director of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada CWL from 2013 to the present; a National Catholic Broadcasting Council Board Member from 2015 to 2017. He also served as the Chancellor of Sacred Heart College of Peterborough and a Board Member from 2014 to the present.
In early January 2017, Pope Francis appointed Bishop McGrattan the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Calgary.

Bishop Barron on Biblical Religion
According to Biblical religion, we are called to be holy as God is holy. The Holiness of God consists of pure love. Pure love shines on the good and the bad alike. What a revolution this is! Think how different your life would be were you to love this way all the time, rather than measuring out your love through calculative self-interest. Dedicate your whole life to divine Love and you will be truly holy, set apart, a sanctuary.

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Feb 18

Weekly Updates – February 19, 2017

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Bishop Barron Comments on Prayer
Studies have shown that everyone prays; even some atheists say that they pray. So what is prayer? What makes Christian prayer distinctive? Bishop Barron answers these questions and offers recommendations on how to improve your prayer life.

How do we dialogue with Muslims?
Description: In countries where the majority of the population is of Christian background, the question of dialogue with Muslims may not be such a pressing one. Although this very question is in the minds of many, especially now with the influx of refugees from the Middle East. It is also a question that is important for the Church.
Join Deacon Pedro and his guest Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato, the Philippines, as they speak about inter-religious dialogue.

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Collins 1005: Merciless and Merciful (Matthew 18:15-35)
Season 10, Episode 5. Reflections on Matthew 18:15-35.
The Lectio Divina discourses given by Cardinal Thomas Collins are meant to work as a series of reflections.

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Feb 11

Weekly Updates – February 12, 2017

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JUST LET GO (2015) Official Trailer
Could you forgive? Would you forgive? Share if you believe in the power of forgiveness and the power of life. Check out the brand new trailer.

Spotlight on vocations – Vatican Connections
The Church marked the World Day of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis met with men and women religious as they held a plenary session on fidelity to one’s vocation, and we spoke to Vatican correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov, about the preparatory document for the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.

Synod 2018: Youth, faith and vocational discernment, 06.10.2016
The Holy Father, after the customary consultation with the episcopal conferences, the sui iuris Oriental Catholic Churches and the Union of Superior Generals, as well as hearing the suggestions of the Fathers of the last Synod assembly and the opinion of the 14th Ordinary Council, has established that in October 2018 the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held, on the theme: “Youth, faith and vocational discernment”.
The theme, an expression of the pastoral care of the Church for the young, is consistent with the results of the recent Synod assemblies on the family and with the content of the post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Its aim is to accompany the young on their existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realise it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edification of the Church and of society.

Next synod to focus on young people, vocations
EWTN’s Mary Shovlain reports from Rome on the theme of the next Synod of bishops, set to take place in October of 2018.

Preparatory Document of the 2018 Synod of Bishops
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Here is the text of the preparatory document for the XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “Young people, faith and vocation discernment,”to take place in Rome in October 2018.

Mark Shriver – Witness
Mark K. Shriver, born February 17, 1964, is the son of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy, the sister of John, Robert and Ted Kennedy. He served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for two consecutive terms, from 1995 to 2003. He is currently president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C. His New York Times and Washington Post bestselling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 and received a 2013 Christopher Award.
In this riveting WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, this young, articulate, distinguished member of the Kenney family openly shares how he grew “disillusioned” with the Roman Catholic Church until Pope Francis came along in 2013 and breathed new life into it for him. As Shriver followed the pope’s travels, gestures and words, he wrote: “I started to emerge from my Catholic funk.” He decided to embark on writing a book about Pope Francis by traveling to Argentina and Italy to discover how Jorge Mario Bergoglio grew into a change agent in one of the world’s most entrenched religious organizations. The result is Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis. In the process of writing the book, Shriver rediscovered a Church in which he could believe again and learned some powerful lessons in humility and mercy. Mark is married to Jeanne, and they have three children, Molly, Tommy and Emma, in Maryland.

Bishop Barron on the Charleston Tragedy and Forgiveness
On June 17, 2015 a man entered a church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine people, all African Americans, including their senior pastor and injured one other person. During his trial the murderer showed no remorse. In utter contrast to his wickedness, the victims’ families demonstrated a love so radical in forgiveness that they became an icon of the living God.

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Feb 04

Weekly Updates – February 5, 2017

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Canadian Food For Children

Pastors Remarks: Video featuring Dr. Andrew Simone and his work through Canadian Food for Children

The Pope Video 02 FEBRUARY 2017 Welcome the Needy

Christian Unity, a long journey – Vatican Connections
In this episode, the Holy Father closes off the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity presiding an ecumenical prayer service in Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica; the Vatican releases the Pope’s message for the 51st World Day of Social Communication on the theme “Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time”. And the Vatican Museums launches a brand new website.

Bishop Barron on Netflix’s “The Crown”
The Netflix original series “The Crown”, which has to do with the last months of the reign of King George VI and the first years of the reign of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, demonstrates how for any society to remain healthy it must be grounded in God-given moral values.

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Jan 28

Weekly Updates – January 29, 2017

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Blest Are They – The Beatitudes
“Blest Are They” by David Haas
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Young voices key to preparing next Synod – Vatican Connections
This week on Vatican Connections, the Church marks the Week of prayer for Christian Unity. In Rome, the Holy Father kicks it off with an ecumenical delegation from Finland and Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, shares with Vatican Radio what ecumenism looked like last year. The Vatican clarifies the purpose of an investigation into the central direction of the Order of Malta. And it releases the preparatory document for the next Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.

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Jan 21

Weekly Updates – January 22, 2017

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Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins – Episode S10E04 – Jonah 1-4
The Lectio Divina discourses given by Cardinal Thomas Collins are meant to work as a series of reflections.

Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All (Sweet Sacrament)
Performed by the Christendom College Choir and Schola Gregoriana

Rosie goes to Church (part 1)
The naturally inquisitive mind of a child wants to know the answers to so many questions. Churches are special places which can fascinate children. But how to answer them when they ask such questions as, “What is a tabernacle?” or “What are the stations of the cross?”
The Salesians of Don Bosco have produced a DVD written by a primary school teacher which attempts to answer such questions in a simple but attractive way, following Rosie and her family on their journey of discovery in church.
Beautiful watercolour illustrations by Martina Spinkova.
Used with full permission from the Salesian Fathers.

Music Heals 2016 Year In Review
A video recap of the music therapy programs that Music Heals funded in 2016.

Music & Health Panel at Toronto Rehab Part 3
Part 3 of a 3 part edited presentation of a panel discussion with doctors, music therapists, and musicians, who look at music and health from a scientific and personal perspective. The event was held at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Cardiac Centre, on October 22, 2009.

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Jan 14

Weekly Updates – January 15, 2017

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The Pope Video 01-2017 — Christians serving humanity — January 2017
In today’s world, many Christians from various churches work together to serve humanity in need, to defend human life and its dignity, to defend creation, and to combat injustice.
This desire to walk together, to collaborate in service and in solidarity with the weakest and with those who suffer, is a source of joy for us all.
Join your voice to mine in praying for all who contribute through prayer and fraternal charity to restoring full ecclesial communion in service of the challenges facing humanity.

What are the Highlights of 2016? Perspectives Weekly
That’s the question we’re asking on this special year-end edition of Perspectives. Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann is joined by Salt + Light producers Sebastian Gomes and Emilie Callan as they look at the Church in 2016.

Made for Freedom
This video is part of the series created for the “Marriage: Unique for a Reason” initiative of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. This initiative seeks to assist Catholics and all people of good will to understand the unique gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Its four themes are sexual difference (explored in “Made for Each Other”), the gift of children (“Made for Life”), religious freedom (“Made for Freedom”), and the common good (“Made for the Common Good”). Religious freedom after the redefinition of marriage in civil law is explored in this video.

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