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Some of the grave markers in the Teutonic cemetery. Credit: Lauren Cater/Catholic News Agency

The lively history of the Vatican Teutonic cemetery

Tucked away between St. Peter’s Basilica and the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican is a centuries-old cemetery filled with gorgeous greenery and beautiful Catholic art called the Teutonic Cemetery. Named for the Teutons, an archaic term for Germanic peoples, the cemetery grounds used to be the site of the Circus of Nero, where [...]

Pope Francis. Credit: Lauren Cater / CNA.

The Pope said WHAT about marriage?!

If you’ve read any media reports on the Church in the last few weeks, you might have the impression that there were – or are about to be – some earth-shattering changes in Catholic teaching about marriage, family and homosexuality. Interestingly, these reports tend to cite either a draft document that was later changed or [...]

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Dueling Seminarians: A tap dance battle for the ages

A youtube video of American tap-dancing seminarians has nearly 260,000 views and has even grabbed the attention of the secular media. Watch the battle below as seminarians David Rider and John Gibson show off their steps in Rome at the Pontifical North American College Rector’s Dinner in April. One of my personal favorite moments is around 1:20, [...]

A headshot of Karol Wojtyla as a young actor. (via Flickr by MaureenKelly Nolan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

The Poetry of Saint John Paul II

Happy feast day of St. John Paul II, his first feast day as a canonized saint! Many know that St. John Paul II’s talents included acting and athletics, but did you know the Saint is also an accomplished poet? He loved to write about nature, humanity and God, and wrote poetry throughout his life – as [...]

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Best Beard of the 2014 Synod

Alright ladies and gents, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – who has the best beard at the “sausage making” Synod 2014? We were going to go with a “Who Wore It Best?” and include several categories – best placed zuchetto, biggest and blingiest pectoral cross (yes blingiest, just go with it), best-pressed [...]

Because what's a Christian video without a bit of cheese?

Five ridiculously cheesy Christian youtube videos

Youtube videos for the soul. Like Chicken Soup, only with more cheese (yes, that’s possible). Let us know if you know of any other gems out there! 1. By popular demand, I’ll start you off with a classic: Jesus is a friend of mine. If the rockin’ hairstyles and clothes of the 1970s don’t get [...]

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In Ukraine, ‘people are praying and weeping—because they feel utterly helpless’

By Reinhard Backes* Officially, there is a truce between the pro-Russian separatists, based around Donetsk and Lugansk, and the Ukrainian army. That at least was the agreement between the governments in Kiev and Moscow, prodded on by international mediation. But in this city on the Sea of Azov, reality is very different. “We are woken [...]

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Why the new ‘The Sisterhood’ reality show makes me nervous

The other day I saw news floating around that Lifetime TV is producing a new reality show called “The Sisterhood”, which will follow five twenty-somethings as they discern a possible vocation to religious life. Why I’m excited: As a young, single Catholic woman, I almost feel like I know more about the priesthood than about [...]

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Poncho the Parrot prays the Hail Mary

Because it’s Monday, here is a video of a parrot saying the Hail Mary He slips up a few times, but hey, he’s a parrot.

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15 Fun Facts from Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s FBI file

Currently the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, best known for his T.V. and radio preaching, is caught up in an impasse regarding the next steps in his cause for canonization. In the meantime, we thought we’d give you some fun tidbits we found in his FBI file. But wait! Don’t freak out – pretty much everyone [...]

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October 31, 2014

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

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