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    ratzi, aka pope benedict XVI. never popular, is represented by a statue created from junk. a moody film by brodo, sound by zedmeco http://www.youtube.com/0brodo for more great works from brodo

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    • The Church Alive Ep. 13 – The Catholic Eastern Churches VOD

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      Evangelii Gaudium #11 “The history of the Church shows that Christianity does not have simply one cultural expression, but rather, remaining completely true to itself, with unswerving fidelity to the proclamation of the Gospel and the tradition of the Church, it will also reflect the different faces of the cultures and peoples in which it is received and takes root.” Introduction The NE calls on Catholics to get back to the basics; to discover or rediscover the fundamental elements of the Gospel, the Church’s history and its tradition. The Catholic Eastern Churches, who profess the same Creed and live in communion with the pope, are an integral part of this foundation. They have rich and unique spiritual, liturgical and disciplinary traditions, all of which give expression to a beautiful reality present in the Catholic Church: unity in diversity. In a world of complex multiculturalism, the witness of the Catholic communion encourages peace, respect, trust and love of neighbour. As the bishops of VCII wrote: "Between our churches there exists an admirable bond of union, such that the variety within the Church in no way harms its unity; rather it manifests it, for it is the mind of the Catholic Church that each individual Church or Rite should retain its traditions whole and entire and likewise that it should adapt its way of life to the different needs of time and place.” (Orientalium Ecclesiarum, 2)

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      • The Church Alive Ep. 12 – The Environment VOD

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        Evangelii Gaudium #216 “Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as Christians, are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live, and all its peoples.” Introduction The global environmental crisis, like the economic crisis, poses grave challenges to the future of humanity. In the prophetic words of Blessed Paul VI, “Man is suddenly becoming aware that by an ill-considered exploitation of nature he risks destroying it and becoming in his turn the victim of this degradation.” (Octogesima Adveniens, 21) Paul VI went on to say that this wide-ranging social problem concerns the entire human family. In this way environmentalism can be linked directly to the NE as a means for dialogue and solidarity between Catholics and non-Catholics. For her part, the Church brings a more profound understanding of environmentalism to the conversation, as Pope Benedict XVI wrote: "The book of nature is one and indivisible: it takes in not only the environment but also life, sexuality, marriage, the family, social relations: in a word, integral human development. Our duties towards the environment are linked to our duties towards the human person, considered in himself and in relation to others.” (Caritas in Veritate, 51)

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        • The Church Alive Ep.11 – Consecrated Life VOD

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          Evangelii Gaudium #107 “Wherever there is life, fervour and a desire to bring Christ to others, genuine vocations will arise. Even in parishes where priests are not particularly committed or joyful, the fraternal life and fervour of the community can awaken in the young a desire to consecrate themselves completely to God and to the preaching of the Gospel.” Introduction Consecrated women and men have always been at the forefront of evangelization, and the NE is no different. Their unique gifts and prophetic presence, coupled with a commitment to ongoing renewal centred on the Gospel and their founding charism, make them an integral part of building the Kingdom of God in the world. In their hope-filled exhortation to all consecrated women and men, the bishops at VCII wrote: "This Council highly esteems their way of life in poverty, chastity and obedience, of which Christ the Lord is Himself the exemplar. Moreover, their apostolate, which is so fruitful, whether it is obscure or well known, offers this Council great hope for the future. Let all religious, therefore, rooted in faith and filled with love for God and neighbour, love of the cross and the hope of future glory, spread the good news of Christ throughout the whole world…” (Perfectae Caritatis, 25)

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          • The Church Alive Ep.10 – Interfaith / Religious Liberty VOD

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            Evangelii Gaudium #251 “In this dialogue, ever friendly and sincere, attention must always be paid to the essential bond between dialogue and proclamation, which leads the Church to maintain and intensify her relationship with non-Christians.” Introduction One of the most remarkable advances in modern Catholic thinking came at VCII on the issues of interfaith relations and religious liberty. The Council decreed that the Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in other religions and that every human being by virtue of their inherent, God-given dignity has a right to freedom of religion. The current global reality is such that peoples of differing cultures and religions live side by side, often cross paths and sometimes clash. In this context, interfaith dialogue and the promotion of religious liberty seek a very practical yet ambitious goal: world peace. As the bishops gathered in Rome for the Synod on the NE decreed: "The dialogue among believers of various religions intends to be a contribution to peace. It rejects every fundamentalism and denounces every violence that is brought upon believers as serious violations of human rights.” (Message to the People of God)

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            • The Church Alive Ep.9 – Economics VOD

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              Evangelii Gaudium #202 “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.” Introduction The global economic crisis is arguably the greatest challenge facing the human family today. For that reason the Catholic Church has much to say in its analysis of the current situation and the solutions it offers. Already at the time of VCII, the bishops were conscious of the growing inequalities between peoples and entire nations due to a lack of concern for human dignity and the common good in the economic system: "Economic development must remain under the people’s control; it is not to be left to the judgement of a few individuals or groups possessing too much economic power, nor to the political community alone, nor to a few powerful nations.” (Gaudium et Spes, 65) The NE demands that Catholics get their hands dirty in the pursuit of a more just and equitable world for all, as Pope Francis wrote: “Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in helping the poor to live with dignity and reaching out to everyone, will risk breaking down.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 207)

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              • The Church Alive Ep.8 – Ecumenism VOD

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                Evangelii Gaudium #244 “We must never forget that we are pilgrims journeying alongside one another. This means that we must have sincere trust in our fellow pilgrims, putting aside all suspicion or mistrust, and turn our gaze to what we are all seeking: the radiant peace of God’s face.” Introduction A major focus of VCII was the work of Christian unity, known as ecumenism. In the years leading up to the Council, Saint John XXIII showed a great attentiveness and openness to the Holy Spirit, making it clear that work and prayer for Christian unity is inseparable from the Church’s mission to evangelize: "The Catholic Church considers it her duty to work actively so that there may be fulfilled the great mystery of that unity, which Jesus Christ invoked with fervent prayer from His heavenly Father on the eve of His sacrifice… The Council now beginning rises in the Church like daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light. It is now only dawn.” (Opening Address at VCII) With the arrival of Pope Francis and his insistence on trusting others and learning from them, a resurgence in the ecumenical movement is underway. The Christian churches seem poised, for the first time in a long time, for a major reconciliatory breakthrough.

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                • The Church Alive Ep.7 – Ecclesial Movements VOD

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                  Evangelii Gaudium #105 “The rise and growth of associations and movements mostly made up of young people can be seen as the work of the Holy Spirit, who blazes new trails to meet their expectations and their search for a deep spirituality and a more real sense of belonging. There remains a need, however, to ensure that these associations actively participate in the Church’s overall pastoral efforts.” Introduction Ecclesial movements with particular expressions of spirituality and mission have sprung up throughout the history of the Church. Consisting primarily of lay members, these communities integrate some form of common lifestyle, prayer, the study of Scripture, missionary or charitable outreach and social justice. In response to a growing cultural individualism, the establishment of these movements is becoming more frequent and widespread. They are a beautiful expression of the NE and have been blessed by the Church in their various forms and charisms. Yet, the Church insists, it is vital to integrate these movements into the local faith community, particularly at the parish level. "The entire Church, as beloved Pope John Paul II used to say, is one great movement animated by the Holy Spirit, a river that travels through history to irrigate it with God’s grace and make it full of life, goodness, beauty, justice and peace.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Pentecost 2006)

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                  • The Church Alive Ep.6 – Politics VOD

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                    Evangelii Gaudium #205 I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare. Introduction The Social Doctrine of the Church teaches that, “Participation [in the community] is a duty to be fulfilled consciously by all, with responsibility and with a view to the common good.” (CSDCC, 189) This pertains in a special way to the political life of a given society. "At a time when political discourse has largely degenerated into vicious ideological quarrelling, Catholics are called to model Gospel charity recalling that, “The Church… is not identified with any political community nor is it tied to any political system.”” (Gaudium et Spes, 76) As individuals and a community of the NE, we must find ways of permeating the political sphere with the message of the Gospel, not for our own political, social or economic benefit, but for the good of all – especially the poor and vulnerable.

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                    • The Church Alive Ep. 5 – Social Justice VOD

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                      Evangelii Gaudium #180 “Reading the Scriptures makes it clear that the Gospel is not merely about our personal relationship with God. Nor should our loving response to God be seen simply as an accumulation of small personal gestures to individuals in need, a kind of “charity à la carte”, or a series of acts aimed solely at easing our conscience. The Gospel is about the kingdom of God (cf. Lk 4:43); it is about loving God who reigns in our world. To the extent that he reigns within us, the life of society will be a setting for universal fraternity, justice, peace and dignity.” Introduction The development of the Church’s Social Doctrine has transformed the Catholic understanding of evangelization. The 1971 Synod of Bishops decreed that, “Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel.” Unfortunately, most Catholics are unfamiliar with the Church’s Social Doctrine, including the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching: • Life and Dignity of the Human Person • Call to Family, Community and Participation • Rights and Responsibilities • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers • Solidarity and Promotion of the Common Good • Care for God’s Creation The success of the NE will depend on a keen awareness, understanding and implementation of these teachings in the lives of Catholics and in the structures of society.

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