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 […]

Poll: How are you preparing for Christmas?

Last Sunday was the first day of Advent. Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to spiritually prepare for Christ’s coming. How are you preparing for Christmas? Last Sunday was the first day of Advent. Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to spiritually prepare for Christ’s… in Catholic News Agency’s Hangs on LockerDome

Poll: What aspect of the papal visit do you look forward to hearing about most?

In his most recent papal visit, Pope Francis aims to promote peace in the countries of Bangladesh and Burma. What aspect of the trip do you look forward to hearing about most? In his most recent papal visit, Pope Francis aims to promote peace in the countries of Bangladesh and Burma. What … in Catholic News […]

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 […]

Poll: What do you appreciate most this Thanksgiving?

In celebration of Thanksgiving, we want to know what you are most grateful for. What do you appreciate most this Thanksgiving? In celebration of Thanksgiving, we want to know what you are most grateful for. What do you appreciate most this… in Catholic News Agency’s Hangs on LockerDome

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 […]