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Watch this rare video of Cardinal Ratzinger playing the piano

By ChurchPop Though he rarely played in public, Pope Benedict XVI was a skilled pianist. Here is a rare video of him playing when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger: This post originally appeared at

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Poll: Do you agree with North Carolina’s bathroom law?

Last month, North Carolina passed House Bill 2, overturning Charlotte City Council’s ordinance which would have allowed people to use restrooms according to their gender identity, not their biological sex. The new law has received blowback from businesses including Starbucks and Bank of America, to musicians such as Bruce Springsteen who cancelled his concert in Greensboro, […]


Poll: What is the biggest issue facing marriage and family life today?

  Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris laetitia, focused on family life in today’s world. The document is the conclusion of a two-year synod discussing both the beauty and challenges of family life. While most of the Western media focused on homosexuality and communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, the bishops addressed topics from domestic […]

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016. Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA.

Beautiful Quotes from ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life was published April 8. Titled Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love, the document was presented to journalists in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Signed March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, the release of the document was […]

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This week in Catholic News (4/1)

1. If you’re reading this blog, you’ve most likely heard by now that the beloved foundress of EWTN, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, died on Easter Sunday at the age of 92. Tributes have been pouring in all week for the sassy sister who had humble beginnings in Ohio and then went on to […]

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Poll: How did you first hear about Mother Angelica?

Always a charismatic speaker, Mother Angelica used her wit and technological savvy to found what would become the world’s largest religious television network, Eternal Word Television Network. Her apostolate touched lives around the world. What started with 20 employees in a garage now makes up a worldwide network that provides 24-hour-a-day programming to more than […]


Never watched Mother Angelica? Clips and quotes to get you hooked.

Before I had ever watched Mother Angelica, I dismissed her as a grumpy old nun who couldn’t possibly have anything to say to my life. But the first time I really sat down and listened, I was so caught off guard by how much I was laughing and how adorable I found this sassy, grandmotherly nun, […]

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There is no confirmation that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified on Good Friday

Several blogs and media outlets are reporting that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. There has been no confirmation of the event by friends, family or Fr. Uzhunnalil’s community. The original reports were based on a statement Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna allegedly made during Easter vigil services. Bishop Paul Hinder […]

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I spent my wildest spring break with a bunch of nuns

Six years ago last week, I spent my spring break with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup, New Mexico. Now when you think of a college student on spring break, you probably picture booze, beaches and bad decisions. But this week of my life was even crazier than that. I was part of a […]

Father Tom Uzhunnalil. Credit: ANS (Agenzia Notizie Salesiane) Salesian News Agency

What we know (and don’t) about the missing priest from Yemen

Social media rumors that Father Tom Uzhunnalil will be crucified by jihadi kidnappers on Good Friday appear to be unfounded, report several news sources in Asia. Yesterday the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen, based in South Africa, warned on Facebook of the impending torture, and the rumor has since spread across social media platforms. Salesian Church officials, the order […]

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