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Media, Faith, Culture

It is important to recognize that popular culture shapes us, as well as reflects our values. Examining our culture can be a very effective means of calling attention to critical issues in this society and in the global community, issues that are related to justice and peace for all.

This section explores popular culture in light of Catholic Social Teaching through resources with questions for reflection and discussion. We invite your suggestions and your contributions.

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Pope Francis’s 2016 Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This artistic photo reflection uses quotes from Pope Francis’s Urbi et Orbi message for Christmas. To view the reflection, click here: http://bit.ly/2zcGeKR. Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice...more

Film Discussion Guide: The True Cost , by: Anna Misleh

This harrowing documentary tells the global story of the clothing industry and asks the question, “Who really pays the price for our clothing?” The principles of Catholic social thought and discus...more

December 2017: Fostering a Culture of Peace Through Human Rights , by: Anna Misleh

This month’s calendar offers daily reflections and actions to celebrate EFJ’s theme for the month of December 2017: Fostering a Culture of Peace Through Human Rights. Copyright © 2017, Education ...more

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis: First World Day of the Poor , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This artistic photo reflection uses quotes from Pope Francis’s message for November 19, the First World Day of the Poor. To view the reflection, click here: http://bit.ly/2if5mu9. Copyright © 2017,...more

Film Discussion Guide: AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This discussion guide invites us to reflect on the importance of Standing Rock to Native peoples and the model they offer of dignified nonviolence. Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project ...more

Film Discussion Guide: The Sultan and the Saint , by: Joe Nangle, O.F.M., and Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This film tells the true story of the friendship between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malek al-Kamil. Through their interaction, we see that interfaith dialogue can work to foster understanding am...more