March for Life 2015

The storm and the March

By now, almost everyone knows about the big “snowpacalypse” threatening the East Coast, just in time for the March for Life. The storm, already being called a ‘textbook’ blizzard, could dump up to two feet of snow in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas beginning Friday, the day of the March. Mayor Muriel Bowser has […]

Slovakian nun Maria Pavla Hudacekova shows off her ice skating skills.

Sisters on ice: Nun’s sweet skating moves go viral

Nuns having fun doesn’t just happen in old-timey pictures on calendars sold at Barnes and Noble. Slovakian Sr. Maria Pavla Hudacekova wowed crowds at an ice rink when she showed off her skating moves – complete with a 12-spin pirouette – in full habit, The Daily Mail reported.  The Ursuline sister was a junior champion ice-skater […]

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Did you catch the Christian monastery in the new ‘Star Wars’ movie?

By: Church Pop If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens (don’t worry, no major spoilers here!), a key scene takes places on a mysterious island with beautiful ancient ruins. Surely, you may have thought, this setting came from the filmmakers’ imaginations and was a constructed set, like many of the fantastic Star Wars settings? […]

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

By: Churchpop.com 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 […]

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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: Churchpop.com 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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