2.23
Thoughts On the Feast of St. Polycarp

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Casper Ten Boom

(Above: Casper Ten Boom in his workshop.) Melissa Musick writes, “I read the account of St. Polycarp’s martyrdom. I kept thinking, ‘I’ve read this before.’ And then I remembered that I had read something strangely, wonderfully similar, the account of Caspar Ten Boom’s arrest and death. . .goodness follows certain patterns.” Read it after the jump:

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8.8
TCC Films: Franz Jagerstatter A Man of Conscience

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Franz Jagerstatter on his motorcycle

Today is the memorial of the martyrdom of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter (above on his motorcycle). Jagerstatter was the only Austrian Catholic who refused orders to fight in the Nazi army. More from Anna Keating and the trailer after the jump:

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7.20
TCC Films: Woman in Gold

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The Woman in Gold
Woman in Gold tells the true story of Maria Altmann, a woman in her 80s who entered into a legal battle with the Austrian government to recover the Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, which was plundered by the Nazis during WWII. Anna Keating’s review and the trailer after the jump:

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7.18
Misc: Jewish Man Who Survived Nazis Now Rescuing Christians from ISIS

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George Weidenfeld

As a Jewish teenager George Weidenfeld fled Nazi Germany with the help of Quakers and other Christians. He is now paying it forward by rescuing thousands of Christians targeted by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Read about his heroism in The National Catholic Register here: Jewish Man Who Survived Nazis Now Rescuing Christians from ISIS

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2.12
Misc: One Bled Out, The Other Bled In

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American soldier

TCC’s own Melissa Musick writes for The National Catholic Reporter about the casualties of war, veterans both seen and unseen. She writes of her uncle, who died on the battlefield in WWII, and of her father, who never forgave himself for living. Read it here: One Bled Out, The Other Bled In

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