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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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On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This artistic reflection invites us to reflect on the words of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, which are meant “to unsettle ...more

A Means of Your Peace , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This artistic reflection invites us to become sources of courage and joy and to be the presence of peace in our hurting world. To view this artistic reflection, click here: C...more

Film Discussion Guide: Hacksaw Ridge , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

As we celebrate International Conscientious Objector Day on May 15, we remember the life of conscientious objector, Private Desmond T. Doss, who vowed to remain faithful to the commandment, “Thou sh...more

Film Discussion Guide: Sophie Scholl: The Final Days , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

Sophie Scholl was a German university student who spoke out about the failings of the Nazi regime despite the cost. This film discussion guide provides questions to reflect on her words and actions—...more

Film Discussion Guide: Black Panther , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

The Black Panther film discussion guide explores how the film represents human dignity, solidarity, the common good, and other values. It also asks the viewer to consider the role of violence in the f...more

Pope Francis’s 2018 Lenten Message

This reflection is based on the text of Pope Francis’s 2018 Lenten Message. To view the reflection, click here: Copyright © 2018, Education for Justice, a project of Center o...more