5.16
TCC Reads: Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin SJ

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James Martin S.J.

Our own Anna Keating recommends The New York Times bestseller Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ. Read her review and see photos, like the Garden of Gethsemane, after the jump:

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12.9
TCC Radio: Surrogacy Birthstory | Radiolab

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Surrogate mothers

Listen to this Radiolab story about the economically disadvantaged surrogates in India, and egg donors in Europe, used by same sex couples in Israel to produce children via IVF. This is a story about capitalism. Everything is now for sale. More and listen to the story after the jump:

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7.11
TCC Films: Dancing in Jaffa

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Dancing in Jaffa

We recommend Dancing in Jaffe, a film about the ballroom dance class Pierre Dulaine teaches to Palestinian and Jewish children living together, yet apart, in Israel. Read Melissa Musick’s review and watch the trailer after the jump. Discovered something new or noteworthy on The Catalogue? Please support us.

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8.5
CRS official: Gaza ‘on brink of collapse’

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CRS in Palestine

Read about the work of the US Bishops’ international relief and development agency, Catholic Relief Services, on the ground in Palestine and Israel. “Often the teams work under extremely difficult conditions with little access to drinking water or power.” Read the article from National Catholic Reporter here: CRS official: Gaza ‘on brink of collapse’. Donate to Catholic Relief Services here. See photos of Gaza after the jump:

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5.26
Misc: Pope Invites Israeli and Palestinian Leaders to Meet at Vatican

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Pope Francis at the wall between Israel and Palestine

“In the birthplace of the Prince of Peace . . . I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”

In the wake of stalled negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, Pope Francis announced a peace initiative Sunday, asking the presidents of the two governments to come to Rome to speak together and pray with him. Read more about his historic trip to the Holy Land from The Wall Street Journal here: Pope Invites Israeli and Palestinian Leaders to Meet at Vatican. More from The New York Times here: Pope in Mideast, Invites Leaders to Meet on Peace.

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