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Roman Catholic beliefs are expressed and believers' needs are met in an automobile blessing ceremony in South America. Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones visits the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana in Bolivia to see how Roman Catholicism has accommodated and adapted to South American beliefs and culture. A priest offers a service of blessing on cars for safety, but the efficacy of the blessing depends on the faith of the recipient, according to the priest.
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2 January 2009

Classroom Ideas

Students could explore the benefits of religious belief by giving three reasons why people get their car blessed. They might raise questions arising from this clip and see if they can think of two different responses to this integration of faith in everyday life.

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