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#295 – A History of the Catholic Church – Saint Paul

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As the young Christian Church begins to expand into the wider Roman world, it encounters a variety of beliefs and ideas such as Mystery Religions, Platonism and Stoicism. Into this world, will go Saint Paul – seen as the second founder of Christianity by some, a betrayer of the teachings of Jesus by others.

Links:

Image is Paul and Barnabas at Lystra by Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem

Map of missionary journeys of Apostles

Map of missionary travels of Saint Paul

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#294 – A History of the Catholic Church – Martyrdom and Expansion

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Increasing tensions between Jewish and Hellenist Followers of the Way will eventually lead to the martyrdom of Saint Stephen and the flight of the Hellenists into the wider Hellenistic regions of the Roman Empire. This spreading of the faith will bring with it significant changes in the structure and practice of the early Church as they begin to be called Christians and they begin to welcome Gentiles.

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Reputed location of stoning of Saint Stephen

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#293 – A History of the Catholic Church – Eucharist in the Early Church

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One of the most important rituals of the early Church was the celebration of Eucharist, a ritual with roots in Jewish tradition – but with significance differences under the influence of the theology of the first Christians. This episode will look at these Jewish roots and how Christians understood what Jesus had done both at the Last Supper and in his death and resurrection.

Links:

Photo – icon of Last Supper

Didache – Chapters 9, 10 and 14 concern the Eucharist.

For more information, see Maxwell Johnson’s book, The Rites of Christian Initiation

Wikipedia article on the Cenacle, where the Last Supper took place

Article and images of the Temple of Asclepion in Corinth – including body parts that may have inspired St. Paul

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Catholic locations recently declared World Heritage sites

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Bethany beyond the Jordan – believed to be the location of St. John the Baptist’s baptism of Jesus

image by Travis Witt

San Antonio Missions in Texas

Catholic sites in Sicily – including Cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale

#292 – A History of the Catholic Church – Baptism in the Early Church

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The Early Church believed that one could only become part of the Church Christ established through Baptism. While the roots of Christian baptism can be found in the acts of John the Baptist, in Christianity the theology of Baptism became something greater.

Links:

Photo of possible site of Jesus’ baptism by Producer

Image of Baptism by Immersion taken from 3rd century Catacombs of Saint Callisto
Image of Baptism by Affusion

Didache – Chapter 7 concerns baptism.

For more information, see Maxwell Johnson’s book, The Rites of Christian Initiation

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#291 – A History of the Catholic Church – Followers of the Way

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The Followers of the Way were united in their faith in the Risen Christ and the importance of Baptism and the Eucharist, but that won’t mean that the new leadership won’t have some problems.

Links:

Photo of the room of the Last Supper/the Cenacle by Marco Plasio

Wikipedia article on the Cenacle

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#290 – A History of the Catholic Church – Jesus

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Catholic believe that their Church was founded by and on Jesus Christ but what does that mean? In this episode we look at how modern historians look at Jesus as well as how Jesus was understood by the Early Church.

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Summaries of how different scholars have understood the Jesus of History can be found here and here

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#289 – A History of the Catholic Church – Background

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After a long wait, Catholic: Under The Hood returns with the beginning of a look at the long history of the Catholic Church. We begin with an overview of the Greek, Roman and Jewish cultural influences that will help guide the growth of the Church from its earliest beginnings up to the modern day.

Links:
Map of Hellenistic Territories
Map of Roman Empire at time of birth of Jesus
Map of Judea at time of Jesus

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Pope Francis and his vist to Santa Maria Maggiore – The Hidden History

Ok, here is the picture that many of you have already seen:

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Here is Pope Francis praying before the tomb of Dominican Pope St. Pius V.  Above the tomb is a monument of Conventual Pope Sixtus V who is also buried in Santa Maria Maggiore.

Now, perhaps Pope Francis, a Jesuit who has taken the name of Francis of Assisi, is trying to offer some support to the Dominicans.

However, for us of the Third Order of Saint Francis, this could be a bit ominous.  Pope St. Pius V almost destroyed our order in 1568 when he issued the bull Ea est officii nostri – that took away our Minister General and placed us under the Minister General of the Friars Minor.  Pius V claimed that this was intended to reform us, but the Friars Minor forbade us to accept any more novices and without novices we would would die out.

Fortunately, Pope Sixtus V [that’s his statue above the tomb of Pius V] restored our independence in 1586 with the Bull Romani Pontificis.  

So, needless to say, this is a place full of historical importance for the TOR Franciscans.  Indeed, at least one of our Order had a habit of visiting the tomb of Pope St. Pius V every year on his feast day and would stand before the tomb praying to St. Pius V in the words – “You owe us.” ;)

#288 – The Three Pillars of Chinese Catholicism

The Three Pillars of Chinese Catholicism – Xǔ Guāngqǐ, Lǐ Zhīzǎo, and Yáng Tíngyún worked with Jesuit missionaries such as Fr. Matteo Ricci, SJ to bring the knowledge of Western science and Catholic faith into China. However, for these Three Pillars, adoption of Christianity was not seen as something new – rather it was seen as a return to the Chinese traditions of the past.

Links for Xǔ Guāngqǐ:
Video of Xǔ Guāngqǐ’s Tomb
Video presentation on the relationship of Matteo Ricci and Xǔ Guāngqǐ
Video documentary on Xǔ Guāngqǐ – trailer, part 2/4 of the full documentary

Image of statue and painting of Xǔ Guāngqǐ
Image and statue of Matteo Ricci and Xǔ Guāngqǐ

Articles on Xǔ Guāngqǐ can be found here and here

Links for Lǐ Zhīzǎo:
Article on Lǐ Zhīzǎo can be found here
The map of the world made by Matteo Ricci, SJ and Lǐ Zhīzǎo

Links for Yáng Tíngyún
Article on Yáng Tíngyún can be found here

Sources:
Fontana, Michela. Matteo Ricci: A Jesuit in the Ming Court. Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.
Standaert, N. Yang Tingyun, Confucian and Christian in Late Ming China: His Life and Thought. BRILL, 1988.
Wang, Xiaochao. Christianity and Imperial Culture: Chinese Christian Apologetics in the Seventeenth Century
and Their Latin Patristic Equivalent
. Studies in Christian Mission v. 20. Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 1998.

Photo of Church built by Lǐ Zhīzǎo and Yáng Tíngyún

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