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Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez on The Way
Jack Wintz, O.F.M.

The Way is a film about a father who completes the 500-mile pilgrimage his son had begun. It's a story of broken individuals on the way to recovery.

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Watch video from Father Jack's interview with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez.

St. Francis for Seekers
Barbara Beckwith

The author of Francis: The Journey and the Dream explains why the book remains popular 40 years later.

Maryknoll's 100 Years of Mission
Dr. Michael Gable

China, South America, Africa—Maryknoll has taught the U.S. Church to think globally.

WEB+ A link to Maryknoll’s many Web sites, and a video sample from Maryknoll Productions.
Finding Faith in God's Creatures
B.G. Kelley

When St. Francis preached to the birds, charmed the fish and tamed the wolf at Gubbio, he laid a foundation of respect for animals that thrives to this day.

WEB+ Learn more about St. Francis and animals at AmericanCatholic.org/Francis
Jason Berry, Church Whistleblower
Judy Ball

He broke the U.S. sexual-abuse scandal in 1985. Now he’s back with questions about Church finances.

WEB+ See a list of Catholic colleges that offer programs in Church administration.





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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.
<p><b>Joseph</b> was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus' body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus' body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.
</p><p><b>Nicodemus</b> was a Pharisee and, like Joseph, an important first-century Jew. We know from John's Gospel that Nicodemus went to Jesus at night—secretly—to better understand his teachings about the kingdom. Later, Nicodemus spoke up for Jesus at the time of his arrest and assisted in Jesus' burial. We know little else about Nicodemus.
</p><p></p> American Catholic Blog Together with baptism, the other sacraments of initiation are Eucharist and confirmation. This trifecta makes us full members of the Church, like older children who can thoughtfully participate in all the elements of family life. But more than just milestones of belonging, these sacraments change our souls.

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