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 […]

Pope Francis petting dogs at the White House, Washington D.C. on Sept. 25, 2015_Credit L'Osservatore Romano_CNA

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 […]

Memorial for Paris attacks in Paris, France. Credit: Wikipedia.

His wife died in Paris. But he doesn’t hate ISIS.

You will not have my hatred: this is the powerful message of Antoine Leiris to the terrorists who killed his wife last week in the brutal Paris attacks. At least 129 people were killed – and over 300 more wounded – in Paris last Friday in a series of calculated bombings and shootings that shocked […]

Because you haven't seen enough of these in the past five days.

Nobody cares about the Starbucks cups. They do care about money.

It’s an old journalism tip (or really, just a good life tip). You want to get to the bottom of some goings-on? Follow the money. Why? Because money talks. And sometimes she says some pretty obnoxious things. So let’s do that with this utterly banal Starbucks red cup supposed “controversy”. I thought something seemed suspicious on […]

Carly Fiorina speaking at a coffee reception and fundraising event in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Carly Fiorina and redefining feminism

Over the past few months, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has used some of her time in the spotlight to open up a new conversation about what she has called “progressive” feminism, and whether or not the word needs a redefinition. (I should probably add that this is not a political endorsement – while I […]

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