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TCC Playlist: From This Valley by The Civil Wars

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The Civil Wars

“O Jesus carry me.”

JJoy Williams got started as a Christian recording artist. The Civil Wars, Joy Williams and John Paul White, broke up in 2014, but we’re still singing their Gospel duet from “Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us.” Listen here & support our site.

9.1
Pope Calls Global Warming Sin, Adds Work of Mercy

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Pollution in China

On this World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, recall that it was Pope Benedict XVI who first named polluting the environment a mortal sin. Pope Francis’ full remarks here: Francis’ Message on World Day of Prayer for Creation. Summary here: Pope Calls Global Warming Sin

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Prayers, Hymns, and Action for Pope’s World Day of Prayer for Creation

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landfill

Pope Francis has designated today, September 1st, as a world day of prayer for the environment. More from NCR: Pope Designates Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation. Prayers and hymns and ways to take action after the jump:

8.9
TCC Radio: Before War, a Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants

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Syrian monks

Before the war broke out in Syria, punk drummer Jason Hamacher read a book about the world’s oldest Christian music, and then travelled to Syria and recorded ancient Sufi and Christian chants. Listen to his story and some of the music he recorded that dates back to the early Church on NPR’s Fresh Air and see photos of him working after the jump: