Meet the Catholic man who invented the World Cup

Starting this weekend, an estimated 3.2 billion people the world over will tune in to watch the 2018 World Cup, an international soccer tournament founded by a Catholic man from a small village in France. Jules Rimet was born on October 14, 1873, in the small village of Theuley in Eastern France to a modest family; […]

Replying to @kanyewest: What does the #Church say about the #SevenDeadlySins?

By Lizzy Joslyn* The Seven Deadly Sins became “Famous” this afternoon with a tweet from Kanye West. West tweeted “7 deadly sins,” along with a screenshot from Urban Dictionary: KANYE WEST on Twitter 7 deadly sins So what does the Catholic Church say about the Seven Deadly Sins? The Catechism of the Catholic Church says […]

Thousands surround University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus to pray rosary for peace

Usually when thousands gather on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) campus, it’s to cheer on the greatest college football team of all time, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (because this a blog and I’m allowed to say that about my alma mater (people are also there for the marching band which is the Pride of All Nebraska)). […]

Robot religion: Smartspeakers unsure about God, but all seem to agree about Mary

Last week, Religion News Service reported on a viral video from the CEO of a Christian radio network, who recorded his Google Home smartspeaker rattling off answers about the identity of Buddha, but balking when it came to Jesus. “Google Smart Home Audio products apparently have a problem knowing who Jesus is. Meanwhile, Google Home knows […]

Video blog: What Cardinal Dolan saw in Lebanon

If you follow Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York on social media, you’ve probably noticed that he’s been doing some traveling lately. After a stop in Rome, Dolan made his way to Beirut, Lebanon, this past week to spend time with Christian and Muslim refugees there to learn about their lives and assure them of […]

Mary and Christine explain the reasons behind Easter symbols (and also tell you which candy to buy)

My good friend Ben texts me (Christine) every year during this time and asks what rabbits and eggs have to do with the resurrection of Christ. Well, Ben, this year Mary and I have some good news: we’ve solved the case.   To help Easter bunnies with candy selection, we’ve sampled entirely way too much […]

The giant Venezuelan rodent that tastes like fish, and other obscure Lenten delicacies.

When it comes to fasting, we Catholics don’t have much to complain about. We fast, but we can still have a normal meal and two smaller meals. We can’t eat meat on Fridays, but we can eat fish. And so we fry it. And throw a party with all our friends. And drink beer. The Church has […]

You don’t really know St. Patrick

St. Patrick, patron saint of Nigeria (who wasn’t Irish and wasn’t the first Christian missionary to Ireland and didn’t drive the snakes out), pray for us. Wait, what? Popular devotion to St. Patrick might have one believing that he was an Irish pied piper who led the snakes out of the land of Guinness. But there’s a […]

The Catholic Guide to March Madness

By Christine Rousselle Ah, March. For Americans, this means many things: questionable weather, St. Patrick’s Day, the beginning of spring, and, oh yes, the emotional rollercoaster that is NCAA March Madness. If your alma mater wasn’t one of the 68 teams selected for this year’s tournament and you’re looking for a bandwagon to join, here’s […]

PHOTOS: The beautiful new Cathedral in Knoxville

Hundreds of faithful from the Diocese of Knoxville and beyond attended the dedication Mass of the United States’ newest Cathedral last Saturday. The Sacred Heart Cathedral dedication marks the end of a three-year, multi-million dollar building project in the diocese, which was established as a diocese by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Con-celebrating the […]