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PBS features chart-topping seminarians

Produced just 6 months ago, a Gregorian chant album by seminarians and priests of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska has spent 13 weeks topping the classical music charts. In a recent feature, PBS NewsHour explored why the seminary’s new album, entitled Requiem (“rest” in Latin), has been such a hit. The album is […]

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 […]

Saint Squanto? A Catholic Thanksgiving hero

How a Catholic Saved the Pilgrims at Thanksgiving Did you know that Thanksgiving may not have happened if a group a Franciscan monks hadn’t rescued Squanto from the slave trade? Yes, it was an returned act of kindness that resounds through history even to his day. Did you know that Squanto, the Native American hero […]

How to watch the Beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey

Father Solanus Casey, beloved American priest and Capuchin friar, will be beatified on Saturday, Nov. 18 at a Mass in Detroit. Known for his great faith, attention to the sick, and ability as a spiritual counselor, Casey will be the second American-born male to be beatified. The Mass will be said at Ford Field in […]

How to pray your loved ones out of Purgatory this November

It’s the first week of November, which means it’s the best time of year, liturgically speaking, for you to shave off some temporal punishment for all your loved ones in Purgatory. In case you’re unfamiliar with Catholic teaching on the afterlife, there are three places for a soul to go after death: Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory. According […]

Chainsaw nun inspires new craft brew in Florida

Sr. Margaret Ann’s prowess with a chainsaw, which launched her into internet fame during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, is now being commemorated in a new craft beer made by Due South Brewing Company in Boynton Beach, Florida. The brew is an Indian Pale Ale entitled “Nun with a Chainsaw”, with a can design reminiscent of horror […]

Running nun featured in Runner’s World

There’s something that fascinates the world about watching habited nuns do otherwise very ordinary things – what else could explain the popular Nuns Having Fun calendar, or recent uptick in nun-themed television series, or Chainsaw Nun, media darling of Hurricane Irma? This phenomenun (get it) could also explain why Sr. Agnus Dei was featured on […]

This secret Vatican passageway used to be an emergency exit for the Popes

In the heart of the Vatican is a seemingly inconsequential wall that actually holds a secret passageway that used to serve as an important escape route for the pope and other Vatican officials. The Passetto di Borgo, or the Passetto, is a raised passageway approximately half a mile long linking Vatican City with the Castel Sant’Angelo, a […]

Thousands gather to pray rosary at Poland’s borders

On Saturday, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, thousands of Polish Catholics gathered along their country’s border to pray for peace, as well as for the future and salvation of Poland and the world. [email protected] Jeszcze o #rozaniecDoGranic Popatrzcie na interaktywną mapę przedsięwzięcia Brawa dla Organizatorów! — Ks. Józef Kloch ن […]

Updated: Watch the new documentary on Blessed Stanley Rother, the first U.S. martyr

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released the new documentary on the life of Blessed Stanley Rother, the first U.S.-born martyr, who was beatified this weekend. From the unassuming town of Okarche, Oklahoma, Blessed Stanley became a missionary priest in Guatemala during a violent period of civil war. His name on a death list, Bl. Stanley came back to […]