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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 […]

Watch: Soldiers restore Virgin Mary statue smashed by ISIS

After five months of fighting, the Battle for Mosul rages on. Iraqi forces are pushing further west into the city and recovering more territory once occupied by the so-called Islamic State. Last week, advocacy group This is Christian Iraq posted a video to their Facebook page of Iraqi soldiers from the Babylonian Brigade restoring and […]

Lent used to be a lot harder than it is now

If you found yourself complaining of a rumbly stomach on Ash Wednesday, or whining about the McDonald’s fish sandwich in your lunch on Friday, you may want to think of the Catholics of the past and be silent. Fasting used to be a much more strenuous affair, with Catholics not being able to eat anything until […]

Five nuns to follow for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, which is also the first day of National Catholic Sisters Week, a chance to honor and share the good work that Catholic religious sisters are doing throughout the United States. To celebrate this day, why not follow some of the best nuns out there on social media? Here are a few […]

The giant Venezuelan rodent that tastes like fish, and other obscure Lenten delicacies.

When it comes to fasting, we Catholics don’t have much to complain about. We fast, but we can still have a normal meal and two smaller meals. We can’t eat meat on Fridays, but we can eat fish. And so we fry it. And throw a party with all our friends. And drink beer. The Church has […]

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