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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 […]

Watch these friars’ impressive ‘cup game’ moves!

You’ve never seen the cup game played quite like this! Last year around Christmas, the Franciscan Friars Minor posted a Facebook video showing members of their community playing the “cup game” to the tune of “Jesus King of Glory.” The video was posted along with an appeal for donations to support the community’s seminarian fund. […]

18 Amazing Things Woven Out of Palm Sunday Palms

By: Churchpop.com This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the day Christians remember Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem the week before his passion, death, and resurrection. Palm Sunday, of course, means getting palms at church. And getting palms at church means weaving cool things! Here are 18 examples of some really cool things people have made. Maybe they […]

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 […]

The Catholic origins of April Fools Day

Are you planning on pulling some pranks on your friends for April Fool’s Day? You may have the Catholic Church to thank, according to some historical accounts. As the Denver Catholic reports: “It was Pope Gregory XIII who, in 1582, would unknowingly give rise to the world’s silliest holiday. He issued a decree ordering that all […]

The Zookeeper’s Wife is a story worth telling

  Besides the inherent drama present in any story involving Nazis and Jewish people during World War II, the careful combination of whimsy and horror in “The Zookeeper’s Wife” – a sort of “We Bought A Zoo” meets “Schindler’s List” – makes it uniquely intriguing and compelling. The film is based on the true story […]

Pope makes top three on Fortune’s ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’ List

  Pope Francis ranked third in Fortune 500’s annual list of 50 of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” The magazine praised Francis as the “first Latin American pope (who) continues to inspire and surprise as he reconciles the conflicting demands of traditionalism and modernity within the Catholic faith.” It also praised his continued “critique of capitalism without […]

The epic icy Mass of Michigan Tech

It seems to be becoming a tradition – students at St. Albert the Great University Parish at Michigan Tech University have once again built a chapel of snow and ice, and were able to have Mass celebrated for them there.  Construction included beams and plywood to support and mold the ice and snow:   The most impressive […]

You don’t really know St. Patrick

St. Patrick, patron saint of Nigeria (who wasn’t Irish and wasn’t the first Christian missionary to Ireland and didn’t drive the snakes out), pray for us. Wait, what? Popular devotion to St. Patrick might have one believing that he was an Irish pied piper who led the snakes out of the land of Guinness. But there’s a […]

Watch: Why these missionaries are building cookstoves in Peru

On a recent mission trip to the village of Llupa, Peru, twelve missionaries with the Catholic group Creatio helped build cleaner cookstoves for the people of the village. Here’s why: “We went into the old houses and you could see from the old cookstoves smoke and soot all over the walls from the smoke coming […]

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