Category Archives: Saints

Blessed Chiara Luce Badano

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Chiara “Luce” Badano, who very well could be the first canonized saint from Generation X. Read about her inspiring life here.

Chiara was born Oct 29, 1971 and died of bone cancer on Oct 7, 1990. The Italian teenager was beatified by the Catholic Church very recently, on Sept 25, 2010.

Blessed Chaira Badano, pray for us! Continue reading

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Newly Found 4th Century Icons of the Apostles

A Press article reports that a recently discovered ceiling painting from the 4th Century may be the earliest known renderings of the Apostles Peter, Paul, John and Andrew. Cool stuff.

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No, not THAT Madonna and child…

True story: About three years ago, I stepped away from work to buy Christmas stamps at the nearby post office. When the receptionist saw me return a few minutes later with no stamps, I explained that they didn’t have the … Continue reading

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Fatima Movie Premier: The 13th Day

Today is the official release date for the new movie The 13th Day. Based on the memoirs of Sister Maria Lucia de Jesus, and thousands of independent eyewitness accounts, The 13th Day is a dramatic retelling of the supernatural experiences … Continue reading

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Christ the Teacher and the Four Evangelists

When I’m not using my Bible study software, the actually-printed-with-ink-on-paper Bible that I most frequently use is the Ignatius Bible – the mercifully shortened name for Ignatius Press’ Revised Standard Version – Second Catholic Edition. The cover features icons that … Continue reading

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Who’s buried in St. Paul’s tomb?

Apparently, St. Paul is buried there, according to scientists and as reported by Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the scientific team’s carbon dating, saying, “This seems to confirm the unanimous and uncontested tradition that they are the mortal remains … Continue reading

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The Queen of Heaven and the King of Kings

Many non-Catholics object to our use of the title “queen of heaven” in reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They do so because in the Old Testament, a false goddess – apparently Ishtar, the Assyro-Babylonian fertility goddess – was called … Continue reading

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Sunsets into sunrise

I ran across this inspiring quote today and thought I’d share it: “The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise, and through the cross brought death to life.” – St. Clement of Alexandria (from his work Exhortation to the … Continue reading

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Five new saints canonized

Last Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI canonized five saints: Italian Blesseds Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912), Bernardo Tolomei (1272-1348), Gertrude Comensoli (1847-1903) and Caterina Volpicelli (1839-1894), and the Portuguese Blessed Nuno de Santa Maria Alvares Pereira (1360-1431). The Vatican lists bios, but not … Continue reading

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How to turn a chocolate Santa into the real St. Nicholas

Looking for information about St. Nicholas, the 4th Century Bishop of Myra and original Santa Claus? Look no further than the St. Nicholas Center website. On top of the interesting historical information, there are several crafts for the kiddies: coloring, … Continue reading

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