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Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Continuing Education (STMCE) provides streaming video of presentations that have been made at the STM since 2008.  This archive of web presentations is now available on the STMCE Encore Events pages.  The presentations can be searched by category, speaker, or date.  The categories, the first four of which correspond to the major sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, are Scripture and Tradition, Sacraments and Liturgy, Moral Life, Spirituality and Prayer, Ministries, and Hispanic Ministry.

Boston College Church in the 21st Century has archived presentations that have occurred on campus since 2002.  You are welcome to view the streaming video or audio option of these presentations.  They can be searched by four categories that are the four focal issues of the Center: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Handing on the Faith to the Next Generation, Roles and Relationships in the Church, and Sexuality in Catholic Teaching and the Catholic Community.  Some presentations are available as podcasts through iTunes.

For those of you who prefer a written resource, you can sign up for a free subscription to the Church 21 Center’s C21 Resources. An archive of past issues in full text is available online.

Front Row is also a feature of Boston College's web site that offers a wealth of videos featuring well known speakers in diverse disciplines.  Search by speaker, program name, or category.

Boston College's Center for Christian-Jewish Learning has a wealth of information regarding Christian-Jewish dialogue. Use the left hand navigation menu to find articles, papers, and event videos.

The Boston College Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life has a portal on print and multimedia resources generated by Center events.

The University Mission and Ministry web pages provide numerous links to web sites and articles that explore the Catholic and Jesuit dimension of the University.  On the home page, consult the left hand navigation menu to select your theme: Religion and the Academy, Catholicism, A Catholic University, Jesuits, A Jesuit University.

University Mission and Ministry Publications page includes links to download the text of three small books about Jesuit education, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the formation of students on the threshold of adulthood.

Looking for information on the Internet?  How can you trust your source?  Boston College librarians have put together a great tool to evaluate an Internet site.  It is open to the public, so bookmark it for now and for future reference!

For reliable links and updates about Crossroads, visit the Boston College STM Continuing Education's Facebook page.


Official Roman Catholic Sites

The Holy See (Vatican) site, which is available in six languages, is a great source for many Church documents including the documents of the Second Vatican Council, latest Vatican news, and the activities of Pope Benedict XVI.

News from Vatican Radio on Facebook

Vatican II documents

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops maintains a web site which posts key documents.  It also has numerous resources such as the New American Bible, audio readings of Lectionary passages, and a video reflection on the Lectionary readings for the day.  The USCCB has a link to every (arch)diocesan web site in the U.S.A.  It also makes the text of the Catechism of the Catholic Church available online.

Gateway to Bible, daily readings, audio, and video

(Arch)diocesan addresses


Social Ministry in the Parish

Pope Francis’s Social Media contact info:
Pope Francis's Twitter: @pontifex
Pope Francis's Facebook page 


Links for Educators

The Vatican provides the text of the General Directory for Catechesis

Lifelong Faith has downloads for past and current issues of Lifelong Faith Journal.

Faith Formation Learning Exchange is an ecumenical resource which provides articles, ideas, blogs from practitioners for religious educators.

The Catechist is a leading national magazine for religious educators.  They have a variety of free resources on their web site.  They host the National Society for Volunteer Catechists.  It’s membership is free.  Follow The Catechist on Facebook for daily Scripture reflections.


General Ecumenical and Interfaith Resources

The BBC Religion and Ethics Site is an excellent source for audio and written information about a wide variety of world religions.

On Being with Krista Tippet is a syndicated American Public Media radio program with an extensive Internet presence.  It explores expansive questions that touch upon spirituality, religion, ethics, and the meaning of life.  Each weekly program theme becomes its own web site with interviews, videos, and more.

Interfaith Voices is an award winning religious news magazine on public radio hosted by Maureen Fiedler.  Programs are archived on the web site.

Sojourners provides resources on social justice topics.  It is produced by the editors and writers of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, an ecumenical social justice network begun in the 1970s.

The World Council of Churches offers a global view of the work of many Christians.  It provides information and the supporting documents from its own initiatives and links to all its member churches and denominations.


Keeping Current on Catholic Matters


America: a weekly Jesuit magazine described as “the national Catholic review.” 
Follow America on FaceBook
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Follow America's Cultural editor, Fr. James Martin, S.J. on Facebook

Commonweal: a lay-run magazine on the intersection of faith, politics, and culture.
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First Things: a journal published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life.
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National Catholic Reporter: a U.S. based, lay-owned news source about Catholic matters.
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The Tablet: an international Catholic news weekly.
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U.S. Catholic: general interest Catholic monthly.
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Busted Halo: “an online magazine for spiritual seekers" (young adults).
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Crux: a Boston Globe media site covering all things Catholic, edited by John L. Allen, Jr.

The Jesuit Post: an opinion blog associated with America Media.
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Follow The Jesuit Post on Twitter (@TheJesuitPost)

Whispers in the Loggia: a blog about Catholic news by journalist Rocco Palma.