Mary Rezac


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 […]

Minnesota bishop welcomes Super Bowl fans to the Twin Cities

In a video message prior to Super Bowl LII, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota welcomed to his city the hundreds of football fans who will be in town for the game this weekend. “The weather here can get a little chilly here this time of year, but as […]

CNN reporter calls out congressman for inaccurate Immaculate Conception analogy

CNN reporter Chris Cuomo blasted Rep. Matt Gaetz (R- Fla.) during a T.V. interview yesterday after Gaetz incorrectly used the term ‘Immaculate Conception’ in an analogy. Gaetz and Cuomo were discussing the missing text messages from two FBI agents that will be investigated by the Justice Department. Some members of GOP have said they believe these texts will […]

Hidden paths to hidden priests: The secret Mass trails of Ireland

If you’ve visited Ireland, you’ve probably missed them, and that’s the point. Hidden paths winding throughout the country recall a time – not all that long ago – when the repressed Catholic majority was forced to worship in secret. Now, some of these paths have been documented by Irish photographer Caitriona Dunnett years in her project ‘Mass […]

That time a Bishop hung out on the Star Wars island

Remember that scene in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”? The one where Rey meets Luke Skywalker on the majestic island in the middle of the sea? The scene looks so incredible because it is a real place – the Skellig Michael off the southwest coast of Ireland. The island, which basically looks like a giant […]

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 […]

Catholic Myth-busters: Immaculate Conception edition

On Dec. 8, the Church celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception (it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, so make sure you get to Mass)! There are three common misconceptions about this feast day in particular that we’d like to bust wide open. Myth #1: This is about Jesus’ conception Nope. The Solemnity of the […]