Mary Rezac

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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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fake news alert: Pope Francis didn’t write that trending ‘Gentle Reminder’

The ‘gentle reminder’ message allegedly written by Pope Francis that trends periodically on Facebook and other social media was never written by the Holy Father. The message reads: “This life will go by fast. Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much. Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look […]

Lent, Pope Gregory, and the story of rabbit domestication that wasn’t

The stories of saints’ lives, particularly those who lived several hundred years ago, sometimes mix fact with fiction or folklore. But the story of the domestication of rabbits, often attributed to some French monks and a papal edict from Pope St. Gregory the Great, was generally considered fact – even by the scientific community. Until […]