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This podcast will give you the people behind the headlines, each week.


Ep. 96: Running the Race, Keeping the Faith

Apr 12, 2021

What does it mean to be both physically and spiritually fit? We talk to super-athlete Sister Stephanie Baliga; Olympian Dominique Dawes; and Bishop Thomas Paprocki, the “Holy Goalie.”

Ep. 95: Ever ancient, ever new

Mar 29, 2021

This Holy Week, we explore a few of the Church’s earliest Easter pilgrimage traditions in Rome. Producer Jonah McKeown investigates the hymns you won’t hear at Easter Mass this year.

Ep. 94: God Save Ireland

Mar 15, 2021

Travel with us to 17th-18th century Ireland to learn about how Catholicism was nearly stamped out in Ireland...and how Catholics emerged stronger than before.

Ep. 93: Lent Around the World

Mar 1, 2021

This week on the podcast, we travel to Lebanon, Timor-Leste, Madagascar, El Salvador and China to hear about the foods and traditions that Christians use to mark the season of Lent.

Ep. 92: Make it personal

Feb 15, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, we take a look at a new personal parish in Pittsburgh in the Black Catholic tradition.

Ep. 91: Mardi Gras (and all that jazz)

Feb 1, 2021

We head down to Louisiana to talk with some Cajun Catholics about the Mardi Gras traditions they know and love.

Ep. 90: For God and Country

Jan 19, 2021

How ought Christians engage in politics? On the eve of a new presidential administration, we attempt to scratch the surface of this expansive topic. On the podcast this week: a third-party presidential candidate who ran on Catholic principles; a longtime pro-life Democrat; and a Catholic priest whom President Obama tapped for a political appointment.

Ep. 89: Taking Back the Year

Jan 11, 2021

Catholics share the small and big blessings they experienced in 2020. Father Harrison Ayre of the podcast Clerically Speaking shares about his new book “Finding Christ in the Crisis”, and the personal spiritual renewal behind it. Catholic writer Leah Libresco describes how she maintained a sense of community despite coronavirus restrictions. Then, the head of a Catholic theater company talks about how the pandemic inspired him to bring back the tradition of radio plays.

Ep. 88: The Merriest Little Christmases

Dec 21, 2020

Christmas celebrated in prison, the South Pole, and even space!

Ep. 87: Candles Amid the Rubble

Dec 7, 2020

Catholic author Kendra Tierney shares how her family celebrates the Advent season at home - and how you can celebrate at home too. We’ll share the story of Father Alfred Delp, a German Jesuit who clung to the hope of Advent despite his imprisonment - and execution - by the Nazis during World War II. We’ll talk about the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols - and even hear some beautiful music by the choir at Wyoming Catholic College.