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The Catholic Guide to 2019 March Madness

Welcome to March, and some of the least-productive work days of the year.* March Madness tips off on March 19 and 20 with the First Four tournament, and then the real fun begins on March 21 with the first round. If your alma mater was not selected for this year’s tournament (🙋) and you’re looking […]

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 […]

Girl, check yourself: An honest review of ‘Girl, Wash Your Face.’

I’m the kind of person who shouldn’t read self-help books written by my peers. I have very high standards for who has any legitimate authority in my life: Jesus. the Pope. my mom. the cashier at Chik-Fil-A. my best friend when she tells me light pink shirts wash me out and make me look like […]

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 […]

3 Nun things for Vocation Awareness week

So, it’s the 42nd annual Vocations Awareness Week in the United States, and you’re looking for the perfect ways to promote vocations to the consecrated life, right? Well look no further. Here are three things that will help you promote vocations (for women) to religious life. 1. “For Love Alone” – a film about women […]

Jesus painting survives church fire unscathed

Religious articles seem to have an uncanny knack for surviving natural disasters. While an “inferno” burnt down an 1800’s-era Baptist church in Wakefield, Mass., one thing survived basically unscathed – a large painting of Jesus Christ. “I’m personally taking it as a sign and a reminder that the Jesus, the Christ that we serve is […]

‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ – new DNA tests confirm heritage, solidify identity

By Christine Rousselle   The popularity of genealogy research, particularly through the use of DNA kits and online resources, is a sign that humans are longing for a sense of community and kinship, a panelist at the World Meeting of Families’ panel “The Importance of Belonging: Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy” theorized Aug. 22. Genealogy […]

Seven Irish saints who are not named Patrick

By Christine Rousselle* Ireland’s patron saint is St. Patrick, and for good reason: he brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 around the world, both by the Irish and those who are only Irish-for-a-day. But Patrick isn’t the only saint the Irish adore–here are seven more Irish saints […]

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 […]