10.12
TCC Video: Patti Smith on Pope Francis & Her Performances at The Vatican

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Patti Smith meets Pope Francis

The American punk rocker, and National Book Award winning memoiristPatti Smith, was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. And yet she has been described in The New Yorker and elsewhere as having deeply Catholic leanings. Smith speaks on Democracy Now about her love for Pope Francis, and being invited to perform at the Vatican twice. Watch the video after the jump:

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3.3
TCC Playlist: Amazing Grace by The Dropkick Murphys

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The Dropkick Murphy's

The members of the band, The Dropkick Murphys, grew up in the Irish Catholic working class neighborhoods of South Boston. Their sound combines elements of: punk, Celtic, and hardcore. They’re  big hits on St. Patrick’s Day, and big supporters of workers’ rights. Watch them perform “Amazing Grace” after the jump:

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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:

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