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All of your burning questions on Holy Years (and Doors) answered!

December 8 marks the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy, an Extraordinary Jubilee Year called for by Pope Francis. But what exactly does that mean? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. What is a Holy Year?  The Catholic tradition of practicing a Holy Year (Jubilee Year) began with Pope Boniface VIII in 1300, and since 1475 an […]

You’ll never guess who loves the Pope

In case anyone needed further proof that Pope Francis has mass appeal, animal rights activist group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has named the Holy Father their 2015 “Person of the Year.”  “Pope Francis was chosen for asking the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and all citizens of the world to reject […]

If you haven’t seen #PopeBars I feel bad for you son

But go check it out on Twitter and you’re forgiven. The top trending topic in the United States today is #PopeBars, and it’s got people channeling their inner Pope Francis (if the Holy Father were a gangsta rapper) to the beat of 140 characters. It all started with a photo by Gianluigi Guercia for Agence France-Presse, taken during the […]

His wife died in Paris. But he doesn’t hate ISIS.

You will not have my hatred: this is the powerful message of Antoine Leiris to the terrorists who killed his wife last week in the brutal Paris attacks. At least 129 people were killed – and over 300 more wounded – in Paris last Friday in a series of calculated bombings and shootings that shocked […]

Nobody cares about the Starbucks cups. They do care about money.

It’s an old journalism tip (or really, just a good life tip). You want to get to the bottom of some goings-on? Follow the money. Why? Because money talks. And sometimes she says some pretty obnoxious things. So let’s do that with this utterly banal Starbucks red cup supposed “controversy”. I thought something seemed suspicious on […]

Carly Fiorina and redefining feminism

Over the past few months, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has used some of her time in the spotlight to open up a new conversation about what she has called “progressive” feminism, and whether or not the word needs a redefinition. (I should probably add that this is not a political endorsement – while I […]

Poll: Beards, Bikers or Babies?

  Looking back on the last three weeks, we can’t help but appreciate some of the more interesting experiences in our coverage of the Synod on the Family. As the synod draws to a close at the Vatican, we thought we’d ask you what you enjoyed most in our latest poll! Perhaps it was the […]

The final word from the German bishops

Ok everyone, last German bishops blog for the duration of #Synod15! (At least, I think. I hope?) As they near the end of an eventful three weeks, the 13 small groups of the Synod on the Family, divided by language, have released their last reports before the conclusion of the meeting on Sunday. For those of you […]

What is the Synod on the Family? A five-minute video guide

If you’ve been part of the Catholic world for the last week or two, you may have heard about the Synod that’s currently taking place in Rome. What exactly is a synod? Essentially, it’s a gathering of bishops from around the world to discuss important issues. In this case, the bishops are discussing topics related […]

Why deciphering German cardinal-speak is a 24/7 job

In the middle of week two of the Ordinary Synod on the Family, the German language group has released their, um, interpretation of the discussions so far. And I have a few questions for them. If I could sum them all up, though, it would be: Huh? The whole document reads as a pre-packaged lecture […]