Tour this gorgeous Italian Cathedral online

I think 360 photos and video are probably the best thing to happen to the internet and photography since cat memes. As proof, check out this 360 photo of the inside of Milan Cathedral, or the Duomo di Milano. The largest church in Italy (St. Peter’s, which is larger, is located in Vatican City State) took […]

Poll: What’s your favorite St. Nicholas story?

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas! The Dec. 6 feast day honors the 4th-century Bishop of Myra most well-known for being the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus. But there’s a lot more to the real St. Nick than a red suit or gift-giving. In fact, the beloved saint was a staunch defender of […]

Catholic Tunes Agency: Songs for Advent

We’re halfway through the first week of Advent, and unless you carry your own personal EMP around, it’s nearly impossible to completely fast from Christmas music during December. To help prepare for Advent and guard against Early Christmas Season (and to give you a reason to celebrate the WHOLE Twelve Days of Christmas all the way […]

A German priest’s Advent reflections from World War II

Father Alfred Delp was in the midst of his studies to become a Jesuit priest when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. Despite increasing difficulties under the regime, he was ordained a priest for the order in 1937. His first assignment as a priest was on the editorial staff of the influential Jesuit publication Stimmen der […]

Poll: How are you using advent to prepare for Christmas?

Advent has traditionally been a time of preparation for Christ’s incarnation, something similar to the preparation within Lent. The members of the church have participated with greater alms giving, prayer, and material sacrifice. Only with the past century has Christmas time taken a turn towards the holiday hustle and material mindfulness. Pope Francis has urged […]

Saint Squanto? A Catholic Thanksgiving hero

Did you know that Squanto, the Native American hero who saved the pilgrims from starvation on their first Thanksgiving, was a Catholic? Neither did I, until I watched Dr. Taylor Marshall lay out the facts in his latest Youtube video. Squanto was enslaved by the English – by John Smith, so be exact. You remember John […]

The final twist to 2016: Starbucks will have Nativity cups this Christmas

This time last year, one of the internet’s biggest arguments was “Red Cup Gate” – the stirring controversy over whether Starbucks’ plain red cups constituted a war on Christmas. Ah, those were simpler times. People were upset that the cups portrayed no symbols of Christmas – but actually, most people were upset that people were upset […]

Quotes to dig you out of the post-election pit of despair

To (sort of) quote Pope Francis, our election process is beginning to look like “an immense pile of filth.” (Laudato Si, pp. 21) In this post-election hour, we could all use a little hope and inspiration. No matter the outcome, let’s remember that Jesus is the true ruler and purpose in our lives. Here are five inspirational […]

3 Nun things for Vocation Awareness week

So, it’s the 40th annual Vocations Awareness Week in the United States, and you’re looking for the perfect ways to promote vocations to the consecrated life, right? Well look no further. Here are three things that will help you promote vocations (for women) to religious life. 1. “For Love Alone” – a film about women […]

Did the Cubs have some help from above?

Some joked it was apocalyptic – the Cubs won the World Series in game seven with extra innings after waiting 108 years to make it back to the Series. Is it possible they had help from above? The Cubs team chaplain is Fr. Burke Masters, a Catholic priest who played college baseball at Mississippi State […]

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