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How are you going to spend the next five minutes of your time? You could browse social media or check your email, but how about meeting a fascinating person and learning something relevant that will broaden your perspective? Sit down with host Sebastian Gomes and his various guests, and go straight to the heart of the matter. It will be five minutes well spent... #connect5

Season 1


Sr. Carol Perry, SU
On the Catholic contribution to Bible scholarship
Sr. Carol Perry discusses the recent contributions of Catholic scholars to the field of Bible studies.
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Jim Wallis
On why social justice is integral to the Christian life
Jim Wallis, social activist, author and one of America’s most influential Christian voices discusses social justice and the Christian life.
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Fr. Brendan Collins
On what “equality” means today
A priest of the Diocese of Derry, Ireland reflects on our contemporary understanding of “equality” and the resulting social consequences.
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Carl Hétu
On the complexity of the Middle East crisis
Head of CNEWA Canada, Carl Hétu discusses the complexity of the Middle East crisis and hope for future solutions.
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Jim Triggs
On the legacy of The Saint John’s Bible
Fifteen years in the making, The Saint John’s Bible testifies to the great Catholic tradition by bringing it into the 21st century
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Bernie Sanders
On American politics and Pope Francis
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders discusses whether or not fundamental change in the American political system is really possible.
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Jim Wallis
On racial injustice in the USA
Jim Wallis, social activist, author and one of America’s most influential Christian voices speaks about racism and white privilege.
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Archbishop Paul Gallagher
On the Holy See’s relations with other states
The Holy See’s minister of foreign affairs describes the primary objectives of papal diplomacy in an era of global connectivity and crisis.
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Lino Rulli
On why our faith is funny
Catholic comedian Lino Rulli dispels the image of a bleak Roman Catholic Church by poking fun at it.
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John Mulderig
On bringing a Christian perspective to films
CNS media reviewer and film critic John Mulderig discusses the importance of a “Catholic” review and why no film should be off limits.
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Pierluigi Molla
On my mother, St. Gianna
Pierluigi Molla, son of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, shares memories of his mother and the lessons Catholics can learn from her life.
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Michael O'Loughlin
On the appointment of Chicago’s new Archbishop and “The Tweetable Pope”
A rising star in Catholic journalism, Michael O’Loughlin reflects on the Pope’s shocking appointment of Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich.
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Archbishop Arthur Roche
On the new Homiletic Directory and good preaching
The foremost English-speaker in the Vatican’s Congregation for Worship examines the latest preaching tool for the Catholic Church.
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Fr. Patrick Ryan, SJ
On ISIS, Boko Haram and the power of education
An expert in Arabic and Islamic studies examines ISIS and Boko Haram and explains how Western nations should respond to Islamic extremism.
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Archbishop Bernardito Auza
On papal diplomacy and the US-Cuba rapprochement
The Catholic Church’s ambassador to the UN explains what’s unique about papal diplomacy and why it’s badly needed in the world today.
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Sr. Carol Perry, SU
On understanding the Biblical Jesus
A renowned Scripture scholar explains why most people don’t know the Biblical Jesus and how transformative knowing Him can be.
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Archbishop Arthur Roche
On the importance of the homily & why Francis is a great preacher
The Secretary of the Congregation for Worship at the Vatican discusses the essence of preaching and looks at why Pope Francis is a master.
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Jim Triggs
On the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible
Considered a work of art in its own right, the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible carries 2,000 years of faith into the third millennium.
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Fr. Hugh Cleary, CSC
On family prayer and the Rosary
A former Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross links prayer with healthy families and discusses the significance of the Rosary.
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Archbishop Arthur Roche
On the new Roman Missal
The Secretary of the Congregation for Worship at the Vatican discusses the new translation of the Mass and the various reactions to it.
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Tony Spence
On polarization in the church
CNS Director and Editor-in-Chief Tony Spence looks at political polarization in the Church, plus the growing trend of Catholic news in the secular press.
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Carl Hétu
On Egypt and the Arab Spring
Head of CNEWA Canada, Carl Hétu discusses Egypt’s revolution and why the future of the Arab Spring may depend on the Egyptians.
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Chris Wallace
On FOX News reputation and consuming news
Chris Wallace discusses FOX’s reputation and offers some advice for news consumers.
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Fr. Brendan Collins
On the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage
A priest of the Diocese of Derry, Fr. Brendan Collins discusses the historic referendum which legalized same-sex marriage in Ireland.
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Carl Hétu
On Iraq and Syria, Head of CNEWA Canada
Carl Hetu analyses the current crisis in Iraq and Syria, the rise of ISIS, and a possible solution for the region.
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Archbishop Arthur Roche
On the liturgy wars
Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Worship at the Vatican discusses how liturgy can divide or unite the community.
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Katie Couric
On the rise of digital news and the Media’s moral obligation
Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric discusses the digital news phenomenon and the Media’s moral obligation in mainstream news coverage.
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Carl Hétu
On the crisis in Ukraine
Head of CNEWA Canada, Carl Hetu analyses the crisis in Ukraine, Russia’s political motives and the experience of Christians on the ground.
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George Stephanopoulos
On Pope Francis and the Press
George Stephanopoulos discusses Pope Francis in the mainstream Press during his historic visit to the USA.
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Chris Wallace
On Pope's US visit and the Catholic vote
Chris Wallace looks ahead to the Pope’s historic visit to the American Congress and discusses the “Catholic vote”.
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Stephen Colbert
On Pope Francis, faith and politics
Fresh off his premiere on CBS' The Late Show, comedian Stephen Colbert discusses Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States.
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Host: Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian is a senior producer and host at S+L TV. Since 2012 he's covered a number of important events in the Catholic Church that have connected him with many interesting and influential people. He created Connect5 to bring you into the conversation.