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Benedict XVI is Pretty Much the Theological Equivalent of Batman

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose baptismal name is Joseph Ratzinger, turned ninety years old on Sunday, April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday this year)! Pope Emeritus Benedict recently released his much-anticipated last book, Last Testament: In His Own Words, with Peter Seewald . If you are so inclined, you can find my review of the book on Catholic Exchange. …

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6 Challenging Novels the Popes Want You to Tackle

How’s that reading list coming along? Read any fiction that was aesthetically accomplished, gave you a challenge, and was supportive of your faith? The Popes have consistently recommended such rare books. These novels don’t pander to the audience with feel-good sentimentalism or religious propaganda. Rather, they confront the reader with trials, encourage growth in Christ, …

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35 Sometimes Hilarious Things Popes Have Signed or Autographed

Popes have signed lots of things throughout the centuries… promulgations, encyclicals, letters, treaties, baseballs, motorcycles, surf boards. haha. Enjoy 35 photos of Popes signing things.   1. Opening Vatican II-John XXIII The Second Vatican Council was opened by Pope John XXIII on October 11, 1962.   2. A Papal Bull–Pope Innocent III This is the lead …

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23 Catholic Facts That Will Make You Look Really Smart

  Finding out something that you might not have known is always a fascinating and illuminating experience. Things that you may take for granted have a nifty back story or custom/tradition that dropped it into the collective consciousness. As a budding historian, I have always been fascinated by facts and random tidbits of information. For …

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Anti-Popes: They’re Not Your Real Father

There has often been in the history of the Church, rival claimants to the See of Rome in opposition to the true successor of St. Peter. Forty-one (41)* men have been considered “anti-popes” throughout Church history, not counting the particular brands of sedevacantists around today.  Ahem…*cough*…Pope Michael, anyone? (Pictured to left. Spoiler alert: he’s not …

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