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Here are 5 Catholic practices to help strengthen your faith life in 2024

Jan 17, 2024

By Diego Lopez Marina

In the constant search for spiritual growth and connection to the sacred in everyday life, discovering new ways to strengthen... Read more

A Catholic devotee kisses the glass cover of the Black Nazarene statue during the annual procession for the feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines, on Jan. 9, 2024. Hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful swarmed a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it was pulled through the streets of the Philippine capital in one of the world’s biggest displays of religious devotion.

Black Nazarene procession in the Philippines draws millions after returning from COVID

Jan 9, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

The Black Nazarene procession in the Philippines, one of the largest religious devotions in the world, returned this year to... Read more

Duccio's Pentecost (1308)

Pentecost Novena: Here’s how to pray the first novena

May 19, 2023

By Katie Yoder

The first novena ever prayed is the Novena to the Holy Spirit. This year, it begins on Friday, May 19,... Read more

The baroque fresco of St. Nicholas of Tolentino by Morazzone, 16th century, in the side nave of Chiesa di San Agostino (Basilica of St. Augustine) in Rome.

Why this saint is the patron of souls in purgatory

Sep 10, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

For St. Nicholas of Tolentino, the Catholic imperative to pray for the dead was made very real to him. Read more

The Sistine Chapel.

The Sistine Chapel was consecrated to Our Lady of the Assumption: 5 things to know

Aug 14, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The chapel derives its name from the man who consecrated it: Pope Sixtus IV, who served as the Roman Pontiff... Read more

Nell O'Leary, managing editor of Blessed Is She.

'Made New': Blessed Is She book explores Catholic women's identity

Feb 3, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Made New: 52 Devotions for Catholic Women is a weekly devotional released in December. The book houses personal stories from... Read more

Detail of Adoration of an Angel by Fra Angelico, early 1400's.

5 Angelic Prayers Everyone Should Know

Oct 2, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

Oct. 2 is the feast day of the guardian angels, just three days after the feast of the archangels. These... Read more

A depiction of the Fourteen Holy Helpers from Bavaria, 19th century, restored by Alois Liebwein. Public domain.

The Fourteen Holy Helpers: Plague saints for a time of coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020

By Mary Farrow

By this time in the coronavirus outbreak, you may have cruised the empty toilet paper aisles and pasta shelves at... Read more

Fr. Joseph Tran Duc Ngoi recites Lenten meditations at Trai Le Parish, Central Vietnam.

This unique chant brings Vietnamese Catholics deeper into Christ's Passion

Apr 19, 2019

While the Stations of the Cross are a worldwide Lenten devotion for Catholics, the faithful in Vietnam have an additional... Read more

The Holy Face of Manoppello (L) with direct sunlight from behind the image, and (R) with direct sunlight in front, Jan 10, 2014.

Manoppello's Holy Face shrine sees uptick in US interest

Jan 26, 2014

By Alan Holdren

The Shrine to the Holy Face of Christ tucked into Italy's Appennine mountains is starting to catch the attention of... Read more