TCC Radio: Georgetown Works to Amend Involvement in Slavery & The Problem With Polls

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descendants of slaves

In the 1830s, Georgetown University, a Jesuit school, sold slaves. Now this evil history is being brought to light and the slow process of reconciliation has begun. In the 1830s the vast majority of free Americans supported slavery. In 1945, the vast majority of Americans agreed with the use of nuclear weapons. Making moral decisions based solely on polls or popular opinion is clearly insufficient and problematic. Jesus is the measure. Listen to the story from NPR after the jump:

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In Surprise Appearance Pope Francis Hears Confessions of Teens in Vatican Square

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Pope Francis hears confessions

On St. George’s day, Pope Francis turned up in Vatican Square to hear the confessions of sixteen of the thousands of teenagers who had gathered to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. More form Aleteia here: In Surprise Appearance Pope Francis Hears Confessions of Teens in Vatican Square. Want to learn how to make a Confession, or why Catholics confess? Video after the jump:

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TCC Video: An Invitation

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Chapel at the University of Portland

The day of the year with the highest Mass attendance is Ash Wednesday. Maybe this is because on Ash Wednesday no one feels like they have to pretend to be something they’re not (happy, Christmasy, Eastery). We can just show up and speak the truth about our lives. We’re going to die. We’re sinners. We’re in need of hope and healing, and we’re loved and redeemed by God. If you think Ash Wednesday is weirdly liberating, you should try Confession. Watch the video after the jump:

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Misc: Portraits of Reconciliation

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20 years after the genocide in Rwanda peace and reconciliation still happens one encounter at a time. See Pieter Hugo’s portraits of perpetrators and survivors who have reconciled, and read their stories in The New York Times here: Portraits of Reconciliation

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