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TCC Films: Outcasts

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Do you know about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal? A new documentary, “Outcasts,” focuses on their ministry. St. Francis of Assisi is more than a legend, or a statue. His way of life continues, and the center of Franciscan spirituality is the Eucharist. Watch the trailer after the jump. More about St. Francis, Catholic Social Teaching, and religious life in our book. 

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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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10.3
TCC Video: Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing | TedTalk

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Marla Spivak Bees pollinate a third of our food supply, but colonies have been disappearing at alarming rates in many parts of the world due to the accumulated effects of parasitic mites, viral and bacterial diseases, and exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Dr. Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota professor of entomology and 2010 MacArthur Fellow, encourages people to plant flowering plants (without herbicides or pesticides) in order to help save bees. Planting flowering plants also seems like a great way to honor St. Francis, whose feast day is October 4th. Watch Professor Spivak’s Ted Talk after the jump:

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