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Wine made just for the Pope: Cabernet FRANCis

The Catholic, Californian, and family-owned winery Trinitas (Latin for Trinity) began making papal themed wines with Pope Benedict XVI. According to a story by Religion News Service, Trinitas co-owner Tim Busch is a also a trustee of the charitable organization The Papal Foundation, and wanted to have a wine to present to Pope Benedict XVI during […]


Pope Francis, Rabbits, and What Catholics Really Believe

You’ve probably heard the news about Pope Francis’ off the cuff remarks regarding rabbits and family planning. Take a look at what CNA’s managing editor, Michelle Bauman, had to say about the Pope’s remarks in an interview with HuffingtonPost Live today: Here’s the full text of the Pope’s in-flight interview with journalists: Here’s Catholic […]

Sister Marigold Magbanua of the Carmelite Missionaries, Quezon City Provincial House. Sr. Marigold is the provincial superior of the Philippine Province - including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia.

Interviews from the record-breaking papal Mass

Pope Francis has officially concluded his week-long trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. CNA’s Rome Bureau Chief Alan Holdren was on the ground for the papal visit to the Philippines. Holdren spoke with two religious sisters who stood in the rain for hours for the chance to attend Mass with Pope Francis in Rizal […]


Haiti: Five years later in pictures

Five years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. Haitian officials estimate the quake killed some 316,000 people and displaced another 1.3 million. Below are a few photos from Catholic Relief Services that show just how far Haiti has come since the devastating earthquake.           […]


The Pope is coming! So put on your…diaper?!?

Pope Francis is coming to the Philippines for five days next week – Jan. 15-19. Any time the Pope goes anywhere it is a big deal for that country, and the Philippines is no exception. With 86 percent of the country’s 98 million-some people identifying as Catholic, the crowds to greet the Holy Father are […]

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19 Spiritual Resolution Ideas for the New Year

So you’ve vowed to up your intake of kale and have signed up for yoga to kick off the New Year. But has your spiritual life been part of your New Year’s resolutions? Here are a few ideas of small, practical steps you can take to get spiritually stronger in 2015. 1. Daily Mass. If […]

Pope Francis says let them stay in Church. (Photo by Dennis Hayes via Flickr)

Pope Francis: God’s voice is in tears of children at Mass

In case you missed this news a few weeks ago: During an evening Mass at San Giuseppe all’Aurelio parish in Rome on December 14th, Pope Francis told parents that children’s tears were “the best sermon,” as reported on  Addressing parents whose children had been baptized in the last year, Pope Francis said “…children cry, they […]

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

Consumerism: Why it’s bad and what you can do about it

My friends tease me all the time about how often I tell camp stories, but that’s how I’m going to start this blog post. It was a warm, probably July evening and the camp was having a cookout by the duck ponds. Our main dish choices, as per usual, were hamburgers or hotdogs. As I […]


6 Christmas Youtubes: The Religious and The Ridiculous

As an early Christmas present to you all, here are my top six must-watch Youtube clips for the Christmas season, placed in order from most religious to most ridiculous. 1. The first selection is an adorable video by St. Paul Arts and Media of the cutest Kiwi kiddos ever (Kiwi = New Zealander) narrating and […]


Let’s be real, Wishbone taught me everything I know about Our Lady of Guadalupe.

I, like many others of my generation, grew up on PBS. We didn’t have cable, but I loved shows like ZOOM and Arthur and Reading Rainbow so I didn’t much care. The first time I ever heard the full story of Our Lady of Guadalupe was actually on PBS’ Wishbone, a show about a dog […]

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