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Gladiator fights stopped in Rome 16 centuries ago because of this saint

By: In ancient Rome, a popular form of entertainment was gladiator fights. If you’ve seen the movie Gladiator, you have an idea of what they were like: violent, cruel, and often ended in people’s death – all just for entertainment. Gladiator games obviously are no longer going on in Rome. So when did they […]


Catholic news you may have missed over Christmas break

We get it – Christmas break is for time with family and friends, finding pandas among snowmen and maybe watching a football game with your sisters – habited or otherwise. Keeping up with Catholic news hasn’t been a top priority. Here’s a roundup of some Catholic news you may have missed while eating cookies and schooling […]

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What do Pope Francis and Donald Trump have in common?

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but actually, both men just tied for second place in a Gallup poll of most admired men in the United States. The millionaire, “Build A Wall,” Republican presidential hopeful and the popular “People’s Pope” who pays his own hotel bill and champions the poor each won five […]

Vatican City - December 8, 2015. Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano

Poll: Will you visit a ‘Holy Door’ for the Holy Year of Mercy?

The Holy Doors inside St. Peter’s Basilica for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy are officially open! If you don’t know what a Holy Door is, we broke it down for you and answered all your burning questions here. After Pope Francis opened the doors, the very first pilgrim through the doors after him was […]

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The night Charles Dickens was haunted by the Spirit of… the Virgin Mary?

By: In the famous novel A Christmas Carol, the main character Ebenezer Scrooge is visited one night by three spirits that eventually lead him to having a spiritual conversion of sorts. What few people know is that the author of that book, Charles Dickens, claimed to have had a nighttime spiritual encounter of his […]

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Saint ______ West

In case you haven’t heard the news: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, proving themselves to be the bestowers of, um, rather interesting names for their children, are calling the latest addition to their family “Saint.” Yes, you read that correctly. Saint West. Which could get interesting, given the universal call to holiness. If this kid grows […]

Pope John Paul II opens the Holy Doors in St. Peter's Basilica on March 25, 1983. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

All of your burning questions on Holy Years (and Doors) answered!

December 8 marks the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy, an Extraordinary Jubilee Year called for by Pope Francis. But what exactly does that mean? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. What is a Holy Year?  The Catholic tradition of practicing a Holy Year (Jubilee Year) began with Pope Boniface VIII in 1300, and since 1475 an […]

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You’ll never guess who loves the Pope

In case anyone needed further proof that Pope Francis has mass appeal, animal rights activist group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has named the Holy Father their 2015 “Person of the Year.”  “Pope Francis was chosen for asking the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and all citizens of the world to reject […]

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience, May 21, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

If you haven’t seen #PopeBars I feel bad for you son

But go check it out on Twitter and you’re forgiven. The top trending topic in the United States today is #PopeBars, and it’s got people channeling their inner Pope Francis (if the Holy Father were a gangsta rapper) to the beat of 140 characters. It all started with a photo by Gianluigi Guercia for Agence France-Presse, taken during the […]

Bonus of not being a consumer: Avoiding the mall at Christmastime.

Don’t forget your humanity this Black Friday

Whenever I hear about the madness of Black Friday, the first thing I think of is the Furby frenzy of 1998, when those (basically) demonic, robotic, fur-covered talking monstrosities were flying off the shelves and spurring stampedes nationwide. Ever since, it seems like each Black Friday has come with its own new tackle-everyone-ahead-of-me-at-Wal-Mart-worthy craze, whether its a flat-screen TV […]

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