7.22
TCC Playlist: Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

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Norman Greenbaum
Norman Greenbaum wrote and recorded “Spirit in the Sky” in 1969 after watching Porter Wagoner sing a gospel song on television. Despite being Jewish, he wanted to try his hand at writing gospel too. “Spirit in the Sky” reached number three on the U.S. Billboard chart, and Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.  To us, it just sounds like summer. Listen here:

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7.22
Feast of Mary Magdalene

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MagdaleneDaVinci

For the Feast of Mary Magdalene we recommend this drawing of her by Leonardo Da Vinci. Mary Magdalene is known as “the apostle to the apostles,” because she was the first to announce the good news of Christ’s rising from the dead. Learn more about this great saint from Melissa Musick after the jump:

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7.21
Misc: How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians

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church burned by ISIS

Andrew Doran writes about how the warnings of Pope John Paul II prior  to a US led invasion of Iraq went unheeded. The Holy Father predicted that the war in Iraq would lead to the persecution of Christians, and other religious minorities in the region. Read his essay in The American Conservative here: How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians 

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7.21
TCC Radio: After an Ultimatum, Christians Flee Iraq

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the symbol placed on Christian homes in Iraq

The picture above is the mark the radical Islamic group Isis is placing on the homes of Christian in Iraq. All Christians have been forced to flee Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed. Listen to the story on NPR after the jump. Read Pope Francis’ response from Catholic News Service here: Pope Calls for Prayers as Militants Chase All Christians Out of Mosul

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7.20
Misc: Isis Forces Last Iraqi Christians to Flee Mosul

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Iraqi Christians

Ten years ago, Iraq was home to one of the world’s oldest and most vibrant Christian communities in the Middle East. Today, almost all of the country’s Christians have been killed or forced to fleeIsis has eradicated the city of Mosul of Christians for the first time in its history. Lord, have mercy. Read the story from The New York Times here: Isis Forces Last Iraqi Christians to Flee Mosul

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