12.8
TCC Video: Jubilee Year of Mercy | What is a Holy Door?

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Pope Francis opens a holy door at St. Peter's

“The door itself is a metaphor.”

The Jubilee Year of Mercy begins today, here’s what to expect.  Pope Francis has opened the holy door at St. Peter’s Basilica. Learn more about holy doors and “mercy-ing” from art historian Elizabeth Lev after the jump:

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9.11
TCC Video: A Prayer at Ground Zero

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9/11 Memorial

“There was a big sign that said, ‘The Body of Christ.'”

In this moving video, Fr. James Martin SJ, shares his memories from ministering to people at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  Watch the video after the jump:

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4.21
Misc: The Shroud of Turin’s Secrets Continue to Elude

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replica of the Shroud of Turin

Pope Francis has authorized the public display of the Shroud of Turin to commemorate the 200th anniversary of St. John Bosco. The Vatican takes no position on the shroud’s authenticity, but encourages the faithful to see it as a reminder of Jesus’ suffering and radical solidarity with humanity. More from The National Geographic here: The Shroud of Turin’s Secrets Continue to Elude Science. Watch a video about pilgrims going to see the shroud and more after the jump:

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12.19
TCC TV: Sacred Journeys: Lourdes

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Lourdes

In 1858, in the southwest of France, a 14-year-old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed she had 18 encounters with the Virgin Mary. Since then, Lourdes has become one of the holiest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, visited annually by more than five million people who come in search of healing. Since the end of World War II, veterans from around the world have journeyed to Lourdes seeking healing and unity during the International Military Pilgrimage. Watch the entire episode about wounded veterans seeking healing at Lourdes from PBS here: Lourdes at a Glance

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