‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ – new DNA tests confirm heritage, solidify identity

By Christine Rousselle   The popularity of genealogy research, particularly through the use of DNA kits and online resources, is a sign that humans are longing for a sense of community and kinship, a panelist at the World Meeting of Families’ panel “The Importance of Belonging: Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy” theorized Aug. 22. Genealogy […]

Seven Irish saints who are not named Patrick

By Christine Rousselle* Ireland’s patron saint is St. Patrick, and for good reason: he brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 around the world, both by the Irish and those who are only Irish-for-a-day. But Patrick isn’t the only saint the Irish adore–here are seven more Irish saints […]

How a crucifix once saved Our Lady of Guadalupe from a bomb

The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is well-known. The Virgin Mary appeared to the indigenous peasant Juan Diego in the 1500s and miraculously left her image on his tilma, which is still venerated today. Lesser-known, however, is the story of how a crucifix once saved the image when a bomb exploded in the 1920s. […]

Meet the Catholic man who invented the World Cup

Starting this weekend, an estimated 3.2 billion people the world over will tune in to watch the 2018 World Cup, an international soccer tournament founded by a Catholic man from a small village in France. Jules Rimet was born on October 14, 1873, in the small village of Theuley in Eastern France to a modest family; […]

Replying to @kanyewest: What does the #Church say about the #SevenDeadlySins?

By Lizzy Joslyn* The Seven Deadly Sins became “Famous” this afternoon with a tweet from Kanye West. West tweeted “7 deadly sins,” along with a screenshot from Urban Dictionary: KANYE WEST on Twitter 7 deadly sins So what does the Catholic Church say about the Seven Deadly Sins? The Catechism of the Catholic Church says […]

Thousands surround University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus to pray rosary for peace

Usually when thousands gather on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) campus, it’s to cheer on the greatest college football team of all time, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (because this a blog and I’m allowed to say that about my alma mater (people are also there for the marching band which is the Pride of All Nebraska)). […]

Robot religion: Smartspeakers unsure about God, but all seem to agree about Mary

Last week, Religion News Service reported on a viral video from the CEO of a Christian radio network, who recorded his Google Home smartspeaker rattling off answers about the identity of Buddha, but balking when it came to Jesus. “Google Smart Home Audio products apparently have a problem knowing who Jesus is. Meanwhile, Google Home knows […]

Video blog: What Cardinal Dolan saw in Lebanon

If you follow Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York on social media, you’ve probably noticed that he’s been doing some traveling lately. After a stop in Rome, Dolan made his way to Beirut, Lebanon, this past week to spend time with Christian and Muslim refugees there to learn about their lives and assure them of […]

Mary and Christine explain the reasons behind Easter symbols (and also tell you which candy to buy)

My good friend Ben texts me (Christine) every year during this time and asks what rabbits and eggs have to do with the resurrection of Christ. Well, Ben, this year Mary and I have some good news: we’ve solved the case.   To help Easter bunnies with candy selection, we’ve sampled entirely way too much […]

The giant Venezuelan rodent that tastes like fish, and other obscure Lenten delicacies.

When it comes to fasting, we Catholics don’t have much to complain about. We fast, but we can still have a normal meal and two smaller meals. We can’t eat meat on Fridays, but we can eat fish. And so we fry it. And throw a party with all our friends. And drink beer. The Church has […]