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The Life of Pope Francis

A fun cartoon detailing the life of Pope Francis.

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The Day of the Dead

The video "The Day of the Dead," available on YouTube (3:49), offers a good overview of the Mexican celebration for the "Day of the Dead" activity on day 4.

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C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith—What are the Marks of the Church?

The video "C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith—What Are the Marks of the Church?" is available on YouTube (3:32), and is used for the "On Your Marks" activity on day 1.

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Introduction to the Liturgy of the Eucharist

The video "Introduction to the Liturgy of the Eucharist," by dioceseofstpete, available on YouTube (1:50), offers an overview of material presented in the Handbook. It is especially helpful for day 1, but would be effective on any day.

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Precepts of the Church

The video "Precepts of the Church," by Saint Mary’s Press, available on YouTube (0:51), is an option for day 4.

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Catholicism is Universal

A personal story about discovering how Catholicism is truly universal.

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The Wise Old Man on the Porch

A personal story about seeing the Church as a wise elder sitting on a porch.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

A rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 3 focusing on the Paschal Mystery, the Holy Spirit and the Church, and the mission of the Church. The options include exploring one important ministry in a diverse Church, creating …

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks in Unit 2

Rubric for grading the final performance tasks for Unit 2 focusing on faith, the Trinity, the Kingdom of God, and creation in the image of God. The options include writing a personal creed, creating a Holy Trinity play, or exploring …

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1

A rubric for the final performance tasks for Unit One about the basics of Catholicism, Scripture and Tradition, and Reason and Revelation. The options include reflecting on the Catholic faith in an essay, writing a personal story about your salvation …

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks in Unit 7

A rubric assessing how well students did on the final performance task options for unit 7 that assess the students’ knowledge of consecrated life. The options include writing a biographical essay about a woman or a man who chose the …

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What Do Sisters Do?

An article that discusses the roles and responsibilities of religious sisters.

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“To Brother”: A Personal Story

An article written by Br. Armand Alcazar FSC, who discusses his view of his vocation as a verb, “to brother”, or “brothering” in teaching and community life.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

A rubric for grading the final performance tasks for unit 6 focusing on the vocation to ordained life and the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The options for final performance tasks include creating a brochure on priestly formation for prospective candidates, …

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Who is Pope Francis?

A brief video on Pope Francis.

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Video: The Famous Verse

A short explanation of John 3:16, discussing justification by faith versus salvation as a gift.

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The Green Verse

A video on the order of the universe.

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Creation and Science

A short video about the theological and scientific views on creation.

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How Can God be in Purgatory and Hell at the Same Time?

A brief explanation of God's presence, or lack thereof, in Purgatory and Hell.

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30th Anniversary of John Paul II’s Assassination Attempt

A video explaining the assassination attempt on Pope Saint John Paul II's life.

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Faith, Hope, and Love

A short video on the virtue of faith.

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Is Purgatory a Physical Place?

A brief discussion on Purgatory, and if it is a physical place.

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Universal Mission

A short video on the universal mission of the Church.

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When You Recite the Creed

A short video on why you shouldn't just say the Creed, you should pray the Creed.

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The Second Vatican Council

A brief overview of the Second Vatican Council.

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What About the Bad Popes?

A short video on how the Church is good, even though there have been bad popes.

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Leading with Humility: Pope Francis Blesses a Man with a Disability

A video clip of Pope Francis stopping to bless a man with a disability.

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You Will Be My Witnesses

A short video on Apostolic Succession.

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Who's in Charge when a Pope Leaves His Post?

A short video clip that explains what happens when a pope leaves his post, either through death or resignation.

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Biography of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

A short video clip outlining the life and works of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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How Do They Choose the Pope?

A video on how a new pope is chosen.

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The First Jesuit Pope

A video on the first Jesuit pope, Pope Francis.

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What’s in the Name ‘Francis’?

A video on Saint Francis of Assisi, and why Pope Francis chose his name.

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Who is Pope Francis?

A biography of Pope Francis.

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Who is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

A video on the life of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis – Journey to the Papacy

A video of Pope Francis’ journey to the Papacy.

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Biography of the Holy Father Francis

The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which …

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Who Is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He studied as and holds a degree …

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Mary, Queen of Peace

A list of several questions regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary that can be used as writing or reflection prompts.

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Protestantism and Authority

Father Barron discusses the difference in theological perspective between Catholicism and Protestantism and the precise manner in which this difference affects each denomination's conception of Authority.

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Father Barron comments on Is Hell Crowded or Empty?

Father Barron explains numerous theories regarding the reality of heaven and hell and the number of people in them.

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Fr. Barron on "Angels and Demons" (SPOILERS)

Father Barron highlights the historical inaccuracies of the film "Angels and Demons".

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Fr. Barron comments on The Bad Theology of "The Adjustment Bureau" (SPOILERS)

Father Barron highlights the theological dilemmas of "The Adjustment Bureau".

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Fr. Barron comments on Why Exorcism Films Still Fascinate

Father Barron lists famous exorcism movies and discusses their importance.

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Fr. Barron comments on The Depressing Pew Forum Study

Father Barron discusses a recent study that concluded that agnostics and atheists know more about Christianity than the majority of its practitioners.

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9/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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8/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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7/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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6/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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5/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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4/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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3/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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2/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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1/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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Mysteries: Celibacy

A documentary discussing the historical/theological precedents for celibacy.

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Mysteries of the Church: EUCHARIST

A documentary that provides: 1) A theological basis for the Eucharist, 2) An explanation of precisely what transpires during the Eucharist, 3) The process by which the bread of the Eucharist is created and 4) An instance of a Eucharistic miracle.

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Mysteries of the Church: EXORCISM

A documentary discussing the traits of a possessed individual and the means by which a priest will exorcise the individual.

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Mysteries of the Church: PAPACY

A documentary detailing the development of the Papacy, the Pope's role in the Catholic Church, and the process by which a Pope is selected.

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Mysteries of the Church: CANONIZATION

A documentary providing a definition of Sainthood, descriptions of the lives of a number of Saints, miracles performed by the Saints, and the comprehensive process whereby an individual is declared a Saint by the Catholic Church.

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Mysteries of the Church: MARIAN APPARITIONS

An overview of the many Marian apparitions and their significance.

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Mysteries of the Church: SEMINARY

Explains how priests were formed in the early stages of Christianity.

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Mysteries of the Church: STIGMATA

Discusses the instances, credibility, and significance of the Stigmata.

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Mysteries of the Church: SIN

A documentary discussing sin, its manifestations, its history, and the ways in which Christianity is a response to it.

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Mysteries of the Church: LENT

A documentary discussing the importance and role of Lent.

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Mysteries of the Church: TRINITY

A film explaining the theology and reality behind the Trinity.

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Mysteries of the Church: GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

An explanation of the various gifts of the Holy Spirit and the way in which they help the church.

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Mysteries of the Church: AFTERLIFE

This documentary discusses conceptions of the afterlife and explains the historical basis for and characteristics of heaven, hell, and purgatory.

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Mysteries of the Church: ANGELS

Provides a description of the theology and historical basis for the existence of Angels and demons.

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Mysteries of the Church: APOCALYPSE

An explanation of the apocalypse as discussed in the book of Revelation.

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Mysteries of the Church: Women in the Church

A documentary discussing the integral and often contentious role of women, past and present, in the Catholic Church. Note: Viewing begins at 1:01.

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Mysteries of the Church: Christianity and Science

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the unexpectedly amicable relationship between science and Christianity.

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Mysteries of the Church: Creation and Evolution

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the Church's understanding of creation and its attitudes towards science and evolution.

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Mysteries of the Church: Christian Denominations

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the history of the development of many Christian denominations.

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Mysteries of the Church: Jesus and Art

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the signifiance of art for the representation of Jesus.

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Fr. Barron on the Mystery of Eating Jesus' Flesh

A short clip of Father Barron discussing the foundation of the Catholic belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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Fr. Barron on Papal Infallibility

A short clip of Father Barron's teachings on Papal Infallibility.

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EWTN Live - 11-16-2011 - Catholicism - Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ with Fr Robert Barron

Father Barron discusses his experience traveling the world to view and film many of Catholicism's most important and beautiful scenes.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, especially the role of community and sacraments in salvation.

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Where Does the Church Say?

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a good resource for identifying the differences between various Church documents.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, especially the teaching authorities and roles of various members.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, especially its relationship with other Christian church and other religions.

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The Domestic Church: Catholic Families

This article is part of the Living in Christ series. It discusses the domestic church, that is, the home of Catholic families, and uses Church documents to affirm the important role families play in the life of the Church.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, especially the various vocational roles that members of the Church may serve.

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The Church Is One

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers an overview of the 4 marks of the Catholic Church, focusing especially on the characteristic of One.

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The Church as the Body of Christ and Sacrament

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It offers an overview of two images of the Catholic Church: the Church as the Body of Christ, and the Church as a Sacrament.

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The Marks of the Church

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the 4 marks of the Catholic Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, including themes of Apostolic Succession and the Body of Christ.

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The Visible and the Invisible Church

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the Catholic Church and the key features of its visible and invisible nature.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a guide for assessing students on projects that communicate key ideas about the Catholic Church and its nature.

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Models of the Church Chart

This chart is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a great resource for understanding Avery Dulles' information on the Models of the Church in an organized chart.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a guide for assessing students on projects that communicate various important ideas about the Church in the world today.

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The Trinity

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. Author Arthur David Canales offers an introduction to the Holy Trinity, including the dogma's historical development and key features.

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The First Address from Pope Benedict XVI

"Grace and peace in abundance to all of you! In my soul there are two contrasting sentiments in these hours. On the one hand, a sense of inadequacy and human turmoil for the responsibility entrusted to me yesterday as the …

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Biography of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the International Theological Commission, Dean of the College of Cardinals, was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl …

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Electing a New Pope

Choosing a new pope is somewhat of a mystery to people. In the early Church, a pope was elected not only by the bishops but also by the clergy and the laity. In later years, only the bishops took part …

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Pope

What is the pope? The pope is the bishop of the Church of Rome, Italy. Because of the importance of Rome, Tradition recognizes the pope as the supreme pastor of all Christians. Why is the Church of Rome so important? …

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Did you know? Interesting Facts to Share with Your Students About the Papacy

The term pope comes from the Greek work pappas, or the Latin word papa, both of which mean "father." The pope's official titles include bishop of Rome, vicar of Jesus Christ, successor of the prince of the Apostles, supreme pontiff …

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Biography of Pope Saint John Paul II

Saint John Paul II was born Karol Josef Wojtyla (Voy-tee-wah) on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice (Vah-do-vee-juh), Poland, a small city just outside Krakow. He was the third and youngest child of Karol Wojtyla Sr., a lieutenant in Poland's army, …

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Central Characteristics of Roman Catholicism

Catholicism is a remarkably rich religion, characterized by a complex tapestry of beliefs, practices, values, rituals, traditions, and more. When viewed "from the outside"--that is, by those who do not share its communal life--Catholicism is probably most frequently identified by …

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Top Ten Reasons to Be a Catholic

Many of us have been raised in the Church, but why do we remain Catholic? This author shares her favorite reasons and invites you to consider your own. “DO YOU ALSO WANT TO LEAVE?“ (JOHN 6:67). When Jesus first asked …

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Catholic Identity

For a couple of years, Saint Mary's Press sponsored a listserv discussion group online. Discussions on a variety of topics were pursued via e-mail. In this article I hope to summarize some of the highlights from postings on the timely …

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