Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Arms for the Poor (ADULT)
This video builds a dramatic case against the military-industrial complex. Arms for the Poor goes beyond politics and economics to ask if the arms business is not killing our national soul. This video presents an international panel of dignitaries and activists who share the belief that "The poor are crying our for schools and doctors, not guns and generals."

Banking on Life & Debt (ADULT)
This video is narrated by Martin Sheen. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were created after World War II to assist nations devastated by war. Its mandate was extended to assist nations newly released from colonialism. Fifty years later, this "new world economic order" has become a major cause of debt, export imbalances and financial instability in developing nations. This documentary visits three countries where the influences of the international banking community have resulted in diminished living conditions--Ghana, where the government can no longer offer health benefits for its people; Brazil, where poor people work garbage dumps instead of their own land for food; and The Philippines, where grassroots groups are calling attention to unfair debt repayment schemes. Banking on Life and Debt argues that it is time for another change in world monetary policies.

Carved From the Heart: A Portrait of Grief, Healing & Community (HS, ADULT)
One man loses his son to a cocaine overdose. Grieving, Stan Marsden, a Tsimshian wood carver decides to create a totem pole and invites the town of Craig, Alaska to help. The project grows; it brings people of diverse ages and backgrounds together, acknowledges common problems of drug abuse and violence and promotes healing within the community. This video generates questions about death and dying, family violence, suicide, substance abuse, parenting, the impact of the Vietnam War on veterans and their families and how a community can support its members.

Edith Stein (ADULT)
Probe the heart and soul of Edith Stein, the exemplary Jewish convert, philsopher, and Carmelite nun in this beautiful, authentic docudrama produced in Germany. Be inspired by this dramatic portrayal of her heroic holiness and virtue facing down a culture of death. A martyr of Auschwitz, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

Faithful Revolution: Video 4 - A World Transformed (ADULT)
This series gives us a better understanding of Vatican II. This video looks at: the laity, marriage, birth control, and polarization in the Church; and the 60s, nuclear weapons, war, civil disobedience, Vietnam, and the Civil Rights Movement. It highlights controversial issues.

Maximilian Kolbe (HS, ADULT)
From the midst of the hate and horror of a Nazi concentration camp came this sterling example of heroism. Franciscan Father Maximilian Kolbe laid down his life for another man. This true documentary/drama vividly profiles his life and heroic offering. The actual account of Father Kolbe's last days at Auschwitz is told by Francis Gajowniczek, the man whose place he took. Enhanced by scenes from Pope John Paul's visit to Auschwitz and his canonization of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Mission Sudan - Running To Help (ADULT)
This video will inform you of the events leading up to the 1997 tragedies in Sudan. Learn how you can help by sponsoring "lifepaks" for Sudanese families.

Out Of Darkness (HS, ADULT)
This video tells the dramatic story of perseverance, devotion, and steadfast faith amidst decades of communist oppression in Central and Eastern Europe and the former USSR. As the East European Church emerges from darkness, American Catholics are challenged to help these people of faith rediscover the fullness of God's love. It is hoped that this program will encourage students in religion and social studies classes to become involved in this great work of restoration and reevangelization. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) has established a program to collect funds, channel resources, and encourage the involvement of United States Catholics. Many of these ways are outlined in this compelling video.

Romero (HS, ADULT)
This is the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the courage that he found to stand up to injustice in El Salvador even at the cost of his life.

Time To Build (HS, ADULT)
This video tells the dramatic story of survival and hope as Catholics in Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, and Czechoslovakia experience new religious freedoms after more than forty years of Communist oppression. It brings viewers to the lands of ancient traditions and modern upheavals, of the World Wars and the Cold War, of atheism and Catholicism; to the struggles and victories of the 20th century.

Violence Unveiled: The Gospel at Work in History (ADULT)
Gil Bailie and Richard Rohr engage in a lively discussion about our cultural, spiritual and moral crisis and the importance of the Christian Gospels in understanding and responding to it. Using Gil Bailie's recent book, Violence Unveiled, as the focus, these videos highlight talks by Bailie on the book's central themes, with commentary by Richard Rohr. These ideas are brought to life with the insight, humor and spiritual depth characteristic of these two well-respected and inspiring teachers. This set of four videos is a wonderful resource for group or individual study, providing a wealth of material for stimulating meaningful group discussion or for deepening individual spiritual exploration. Presented in clear, easy to understand language, these videos introduce you to one of today's most exciting discussions about the Cross and how it has changed the course of history.

Zegota: Council For Aid To Jews In Occupied Poland (HS, ADULT)
Using individual photographs and film footage, together with interviews first recorded for the 1992 film, Zegota: A Time To Remember, this film tells the story of the desperate plight of the Jews of Poland and the conditions of terror under which the Zegota rescuers tried to help. Zegota participants, Jewish survivors, and Polish and Jewish historians recall and reflect on the unparalleled crime of genocide committed by Nazi occupation forces, and of the extraordinary courage of people who risked--and some of whom sacrificed--their lives trying to save some Jewish fugitives.

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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult

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