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WH-22 Middle East Politics: Christians, Crusades, and Controversies

Why is the Middle East such a mess? What were the crusades all about? How do they figure into Middle East politics with ISIS, Syria, Russia, and Iran today? Should the US move its embassy to Jerusalem? What role did St. Francis play centuries ago and Pope Francis today? The Middle East remains a puzzle to many. Fr. Dave has led 12 annual archaeological pilgrimages to the Middle East and will share how ancient events cause modern problems… with plenty of time for your questions.

Fr. Dave Heney - Tues., February 20th - 7:30-9:00 pm - Beatitudes

WH-24 White House Photographer

Barbara Recchia was the official White House Photographer in the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and first president Bush administrations, and had a close-up and personal inside view of White House politicians. Barbara has many stories to tell, and photographs to show! She will present a unique view of White House events from her own deep Catholic experience.

Barbara Recchia - Mon., February 19th - 7:30-9:00 pm - Beatitudes

WH-26 The Crusades: Conquest or Rescue?

For centuries after Christ, pilgrims came from around the world on pilgrimage to visit the Holy Land and walk where Jesus walked. For centuries after Mohammed started Islam, Christian pilgrimage continued peacefully. Why did it suddenly stop? How did this event lead to the Crusades? What did the Crusaders want and what is their lasting impact today? Why are the Crusades so misunderstood now?

Elias Chavando - Wed., February 28th - 7:30-9:00 pm - Beatitudes

WH-28 Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican?

True Catholic Ideas about Social Justice. Immigration, death penalty, poverty, the economy, and pro-life issues, all can easily start arguments. From Pope Francis to President Trump, from your friends and family, to political commentators; todays Social Justice Issues can arouse passionate emotions. What does the Church actually say about these issues and how can it help you, your family, and society?

Bill Moran - Monday, March 5th - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Bruno

WH-23 What Did Pope Francis Mean by That?

Pope Francis continues to remake Church policies at press conferences and informal conversations with startling announcements—or does he? What is Pope Francis really thinking? We are fortunate to have the best and most trusted commentator on Vatican events to guide us. Learn the latest inside news and Papal thinking from Senior CNN Vatican Analyst John Allen. Learn how to reply when asked “What did the Pope mean by that?”

John Allen - Mon., March 19th - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Bruno

WH-25 For God & Country: Is America a Christian Nation …or Not?

How did the founders understand the place of God and religion in 1776? What does it mean to be a “nation under God?” What exactly is “freedom of religion?” In a vast new country with no police force, they knew that in churches our citizens would learn morals that would make living in a pluralistic society possible …and peaceful! Come hear Fr. Bill make this controversial topic of church and state relations clear and compelling.

Fr. Bill Nicholas - Thurs., March 15th - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mary

WH-27 SPANISH: The Crusades: Pilgrimage or Conquest

For centuries after Christ, pilgrims came from around the world on pilgrimage to visit the Holy Land and walk where Jesus walked. For centuries after Mohammed started Islam, Christian pilgrimage continued peacefully. Why did it suddenly stop? How did this event lead to the Crusades? What did the Crusaders want and what is their lasting impact today? Why are the Crusades so misunderstood now?

Elias Chavando - Thurs., February 22nd - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mary of the Assumption

WH-29 Changing Hollywood

How people of faith & God’s mercy can shake-up Hollywood that goes beyond the harassment scandals. Fr. Don, the former Administrator of St. Bruno Parish, created New Ethos Entertainment, an effort to change the culture of Hollywood from within the studio system. He is now the pastor of Christ the King parish, directly across the street from Paramount Studios.

Fr. Don Woznicki - Thurs., February 22nd - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Bruno