TCC Radio: The Religious Legacy of John Paul II

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Blessed Pope John Paul II & Blessed Mother Teresa

Krista Tippett discusses the religious legacy of St. Pope John Paul II. JP II championed a consistent ethic of life and nonviolence from conception to natural death, defended the poor and the environment, criticized capitalism and helped defeat communism. Listen to it from On Being after the jump:

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Misc: An Anti-Fracking Pope?

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An Anti-Fracking Pope?

Pope Francis with an anti-fracking t-shirt above. J. David Nolan writes for First Things that Pope Francis’ first encyclical may be about environmental issues, and that this should be of no surprise as the past three popes have spoken eloquently about the current environmental crisis and its impact on the poor. Read it here: An Anti-Fracking Pope?

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Misc: John Paul II and the suffering body

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Pope Francis has announced that Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized (officially declared saints by the Catholic Church).  In this article in The Washington Post Mathew Schmalz writes that John Paul, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, may be remembered as the saint of the “suffering body.”  Read it here: JPII and the suffering body 

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