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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 […]

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 […]

Msgr. Matthew Smith, Catholic Press Lord. Courtesy of Archdiocese of Denver.

He fought the Klan and won: the priest behind the National Catholic Register

Ninety years ago, Father Matthew Smith launched the National Catholic Register in Denver. But you should know the rest of his story. It is a tale of hardball politics, a rivalry with the Ku Klux Klan, fake nuns, attempted blackmail, business intrigue and even a bit of espionage. Smith’s reporting faced retaliation not only from […]