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Things Mother Teresa Didn’t Say: There’s a website for that

As far as vastly-misquoted leading historical figures go, Mother Teresa ranks right up there with the likes of Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. The internet is ripe with sickly-sweet memes and quotes supposedly from the beloved saint. As it turns out, many of them are actually the words of other people, while others are an attempt […]

Watch: Trailer for new documentary on first U.S. martyr

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released the trailer for a new documentary on Father Stanley Rother, the first U.S.-born martyr and priest to hold that title, who will be beatified this September. From the unassuming town of Okarche, Oklahoma, Fr. Stanley became a missionary priest in Guatemala during a violent period of civil war. His name […]

TIME asks: What’s it like to be a millennial priest?

The religious statistic usually cited in relationship to the millennial generation is the number of “nones” – increasingly, young people are less likely to identify themselves as belonging to any religion or faith. But there’s another statistic that may be surprising – the number of millennials joining the Catholic seminary and priesthood is on the […]

Video: ISIS destroys Catholic Church in Philippines

Days after the Islamic State reportedly kidnapped 15 people from a church (including a priest and nuns) in Marawi, Philippines, the terrorist group released a video showing showing the destruction of a Catholic Church. The terrorists can be seen smashing statues, tearing a picture of Pope Francis and finally setting the church on fire. The […]

Watch: Irish nun trends on Twitter for showing off soccer skills

A Dominican nun and an Irish cop are trending on Twitter after ITV News posted video of the two kicking a soccer ball around on the streets of Limerick: An Irish nun has shown off her football skills in a ‘keep uppy’ contest with a policeman – but who do you think won? pic.twitter.com/ac88pcnylk — ITV […]

Disturbing robo-pastor beaming blessings in Germany

When John Paul II wrote, “Do not be afraid of new technologies!” in a 2005 Apostolic Letter, it is, um, unlikely that he envisioned robo-pastor BlessU-2. The brainchild of an evangelical church, BlessU-2 is a robotic pastor that issues automated blessings in Wittenburg, Germany, the same town where Martin Luther kicked off the Reformation 500 […]

VIDEO: At Franciscan, if you can’t go to commencement, commencement goes to you

Richard Perry was scheduled to graduate with his MA in Theology on Saturday, May 13, at Franciscan University when an infection in his leg landed him in the hospital on May 12. Requiring surgery, Perry would not be able to leave in order to make it to his commencement ceremony with his fellow classmates. But […]

Pun-loving nuns, friars form band called ‘Force of Habit’ at CUA

Four nuns and two friars walk onto a college campus…to play some sweet jams. Four religious sisters of the Michigan-based Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, along with a Dominican brother and a Franciscan brother, have formed a band at The Catholic University of America, aptly named ‘Force of Habit’. (The sisters used […]

What should you do on Good Friday? Spring cleaning

It can be difficult to know exactly what to do on Good Friday, aside from prayer and attending church services. The somber and solemn tone of the day make many joy-inducing activities seem inappropriate. One option for a fittingly austere activity that has religious roots in salvation history? Spring cleaning. The now widely-accepted phenomenon of […]

Catholic priest tops list of CNN heroes for sheltering persecuted Christians

  Last week, CNN published a list of 20 ‘heroes behind the news’. The series was compiled over three months, after the CNN Heroes series asked CNN correspondents and anchors to look back and describe their personal heroes. Topping the list? Fr. Khalil Jaar, a Catholic priest in Jordan who has sheltered ISIS refugees in his […]

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