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The National Catholic Reporter (NCR), the independent Catholic news organization, has officially launched its presence on the video social networking site TikTok (@ncronline). Already, one of its videos has gone viral, with over three-quarters of a million views.


Listen! Let us listen -- Synodality Song
(Video and song produced by the Diocese of St. George's in Grenada.)

A dinosaur speaks at the UN about climate change.
"Extinction is not worth it.  We had a meteor; what's your excuse."

Afghanistan’s all-women orchestra falls silent under Taliban

CBC News, cbc.ca | October 5, 2021

Zohra was Afghanistan's first all-women orchestra, created in 2010 as a symbol of freedom from Taliban rule. Now, its musicians are either scattered abroad or hiding out at home. And while the music may be silent for now, the vision lives on.

African Ballet Circle of Life

Pueri Cantores youth choirs worldwide make joyful noise unto the Lord

Patricia Lefevere, ncronline.org | September 7, 2021

The joyous strains of youthful voices singing some of the Catholic Church's most beautiful Masses, anthems and hymns were silenced over the past two years by the coronavirus pandemic.

But rejoice! Music fills the air once more as children return to school and prepare concerts in local churches as well at festivals in cathedrals and basilicas at a dozen locations across the nation.

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Follow youth toward environmental sustainability, Pope Francis says

Brian Roewe, ncronline.org | September 1, 2021

In the face of social and environmental crises, the world would do well to follow the lead of its young people, Pope Francis said in a video message to mark the start of the Season of Creation.

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An African dance of faith

Philomena Nnaji, globalsistersreport.org | September 7, 2021

Singing, dancing, and other body movements are ways I express myself and worship God.

Dance is part of me. I have always loved dancing. What draws me into it is something I cannot account for. I have fond memories of my dancing as a little girl. When I was 6, I was already the co-leader of a dancing group. Being the center of attraction and having to dance in front of the others meant the world to me and, I can assure you, I wallowed in it.

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Sara Thomsen

“Thomsen’s soulful voice, poetic lyrics and unforgettable melodies cut through to the heart and the soul of human experience,” proclaims the Minnesota Women’s Press. With a voice rich as the best mid-west soil, Sara's songs carry you inward and outward—in, to the particulars of your own life, and out—into the shared humanity of us all. Her performance style is easygoing and full of humor and depth, capturing the audience’s engagement. Sara’s music gently enfolds and unfolds the listener.

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Denise O'Reilly says:

This is pure class!  I'm Irish and so proud of this piece - it brings together all of Ireland, beautiful music, singers, landscape, people, religions, nationalities all through music and song.  LOVE IT!  We need more of that over here [in North America] - standing together - one voice, one people, one world!  We can hope!  Beautiful!

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What Jesus' resurrection teaches us about how to live after the pandemic

Rebecca Collins Jordan, ncronline.org | April 9, 2021

We've seen and felt many wounds this past year — how do we live beyond our scars?

We often hear that Jesus, becoming human, identified with us. I wonder sometimes, though, how often we forget the flip side — we in return are meant to identify with God. I don't mean this in any grandiose or cultish way, lest you worry. No — Christ wanted us to see our divinity in the midst of our fragile, beautiful humanity.

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2021 LA Religious Education Congress held February 18-21, 2021
Facebook:  https://fb.watch/3LGIrIdofM/

Opening of 2021 Congress video includes:
  • Countdown with vendor commercials 0-20 minute mark
  • Welcome comments 20 minute mark
  • Pope Francis message to the Congress 32 minute mark to 37 minute mark
  • Reading from Scripture, Commentary and Music Videos from the 37 minute mark for 1 and 1/2 hours.

There is room at the table for everyone


Carrie Newcomer's music has always explored the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Over the course of her career she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue.

YOUNG VOICES:  How to be anti-racist at work: suggestions for white Catholics

Mark Pipe, ncronline.org | October 24, 2020

I am a 32-year-old white man. It is my belief that white people must educate other white people about racism, privilege and value-judgements entrenched in the systemic injustices that pervade professional life.

As someone who has held many positions in leadership, I write for other white people in positions of leadership or supervision at work.

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Study: Increasingly isolated youth connect to faith through relationship

Lucy Grindon, ncronline.org | November 6, 2020

Young people — including those who are religious — do not see religious leaders as trusted adults, according to a new study. Only 8% of respondents ages 13-25 who are affiliated with a religious group say they have a trusted religious leader they could turn to if needed.

In contrast, 45% said they could turn to a close adult friend, 35% to a grandparent, and 17% to a teacher, according to the study by Springtide Research Institute.

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Nothing Sacred -- A Vatican II Priesthood

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Nothing Sacred is a movie drama series. It stars a passionate Vatican II priest/teacher who questions his calling, his existence, and his faith as he deals with the problems of the poor and the troubled.

For your convenience, here are direct links to each of the 20 episodes

Finally, a refreshing new book on millennials and religion

Rebecca Collins Jordan, ncronline.org | September 12, 2020


By Melinda Lundquist Denton and Richard Flory, 288 pages; Published by Oxford University Press

You've probably heard the stories of how many industries today's young people have inadvertently killed, and I'm sad to say that we young adults also have borne the brunt of similar stories in religious circles as well. However, Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults, provides a more complex, honest and hopeful view that resists tired narratives of generational warfare. This study, the final wave of a nearly 20-year, four-part study called the National Study of Youth and Religion, surveys young people through their emerging adult years. The work of Melinda Lindquist Denton at University of Texas at San Antonio and Richard Flory at the University of Southern California, it offers a refreshing view of the so-called "millennial" spiritual mindset.

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Available at amazon.ca


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White women

African kids

Italian friars and nuns

"Jerusalema", the prayer that became a summer hit

Lucie Sarr, international.la-croix.com | September 4, 2020

Zimbabwean musician and producer Master KG teams up with South African singer Nomcebo Zikode in a song-prayer for COVID times.

No one could have predicted that "Jerusalema" -- which combines a cry to heaven in the Zulu language with Afro-pop rhythms -- would become a worldwide hit and would become a "dance challenge" all over the world.

The song was written in December 2019 against the backdrop of the global coronavirus pandemic. Its words sound like a prayer to God for protection and an evocation of the heavenly Jerusalem.

The author and performer is a 26-year-old South African named Nomcebo Zikode.The song was written in December 2019 against the backdrop of the global coronavirus pandemic. Its words sound like a prayer to God for protection and an evocation of the heavenly Jerusalem.

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English lyrics for Jerusalema

[Chorus: Nomcebo]
Jerusalem is my home
Guide me
Take me with You
Do not leave me here
Jerusalem is my home
Guide me
Take me with you
Do not leave me here

My place is not here
My kingdom is not here
Guide me
Take me with You
My place is not here
My kingdom is not here
Guide me
Take me with You

Guide me
Guide me
Guide me
Do not leave me here

Catholic Artists From Home -- Be Not Afraid

During this time of crisis, English-speaking Catholic artists have come together with this message of hope. We hope you enjoy this Salt + Light Media presentation.

Virtual 'Love Sweet Love' From Quarantined Berklee College of Music Students


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Coronavirus Rhapsody: a Covid-19 song in self-isolation -- a lament

With vocals by Adrian Grimes, lyrics by Dana Jay Bein, and a very recognisable tune from the legendary group Queen, this maybe captures the mood of many. The curve could get much flatter.  It's your responsibility.


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