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Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa.

Reflections on the role of the Cathedral during the Tulsa Race Massacre and today

At the end of May, our local community will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Sparked by... Read more

Rubble of houses in Greenwood, Tulsa, after the 1921 race massacre.

Tulsa diocese mourns 100th anniversary of racial massacre

The Bishop of Tulsa commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa racial massacre last week, in an ecumenical vespers service... Read more

Black Elk, daughter Lucy Black Elk and wife Anna Brings White. Public Domain.

Native American Catholics focus of Knights of Columbus documentary

The historical and contemporary witness of Native American Catholics are the subject of a Knights of Columbus-produced documentary set for... Read more

Italian poet Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) in a detail from a painting by Domenico di Michelino. Public domain.

Pope Francis: revisit the ‘Divine Comedy’ in Dante’s anniversary year

Pope Francis said Saturday that the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri should inspire people to rediscover the... Read more

Pope Francis visits Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015.

How popes have addressed the conquest of the Americas

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico this week wrote to Pope Francis and the King of Spain, Felipe VI,... Read more

The University of Notre Dame's Main Building, which houses the murals which will soon be "covered by woven material consistent with the décor".

Notre Dame to cover prominent Columbus murals

A series of murals depicting Christopher Columbus' life and exploration displayed at the University of Notre Dame will be covered... Read more

Why a famous social justice priest opposed birth control

During the early cultural battles over birth control in 1920s America, social thinker Monsignor John A. Ryan brought a unique... Read more

World War I.

After 100 years, US Catholicism still bears the stamp of World War I

A century after the close of World War I, the war has faded from living memory. But its effects endure.  Read more

Celtic cross.

Did Irish saints perform abortions? Don’t believe it, scholars say

Faulty history, bad moral analysis and dubious voting advice are behind claims that several cherished Irish saints were involved in... Read more

Scholars decode one of the last fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are among the oldest extant biblical manuscripts, have been a topic of interest since they... Read more

Representation of the Salem witch trials, lithograph from 1892.

Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr.  Read more

Christopher Columbus.

Don't rush to judge Columbus, anthropologist encourages

The controversies surrounding Christopher Columbus are sometimes misplaced and should not overshadow Columbus’ Christian motives in his voyages,  a scholar... Read more

Detail from Giovanni Lanfranco's Saint Luke Healing the Dropsical Child (c. 1625)

Faith, science, beauty: what doctors can learn from Catholic art

The intersection of art, medicine, and faith in the Catholic tradition has a lot to teach today, especially if you’re... Read more

A Syriac manuscript from the Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai.

This priest preserves Iraqi culture found in historic manuscripts

As Iraq and surrounding areas face the destruction of many of the region’s archaeological treasures, one priest and his fellow... Read more

Antonio Vivaldi at the International Museum and Library of Music of Bologna. Public Domain.

What makes Vivaldi unique among composers? He was a priest.

While Antonio Vivaldi's “Four Seasons” echoes in concert halls and elevators around the world, for some, his greatest masterpieces are... Read more

Julia Greeley.

Former slave Julia Greeley first to be buried at Denver’s cathedral

In what was a historic first for the Archdiocese of Denver, the exhumed remains of a potential saint were laid... Read more

There's a generation that didn't know John Paul II – this film is for them

Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and around their television sets to pray for Pope John Paul II... Read more

Julia Greeley.

For the ex-slave who blessed Denver, a path to sainthood opens

Julia Greeley was born into slavery in Hannibal, Missouri. But her cause for sainthood was opened on Sunday in Denver,... Read more

Hitler.

The astonishing secret history of the Pope who fought Hitler

Pope Pius XII's secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler is the subject of a new... Read more

        Our Lady of Cze?stochowa.

Who is 'the Black Madonna' and why is she so important?

Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the “Black Madonna,” will be one of Pope Francis' primary stops during his... Read more