The 13 Catholics in Statuary Hall: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Heroes

STATUARY HALL By user:Southgeist [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 One of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. is National Statuary Hall. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it's a semicircular gallery immediately south of the Capitol Rotunda. For nearly fifty years—from 1807 through 1857—Statuary Hall served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives. The Hall now houses many of the 100 statues of great Americans (two from each state) which together comprise the National Statuary Hall Collection.It’s an extra … [Read more...]

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Finding Jesus: CNN’s Lenten Series Explores Faith Through Holy Relics

Finding Jesus

If it's Lent, it must be time for yet another series that questions the veracity of faith.  This year's offering is a new six-part series by CNN, Finding Jesus:  Faith, Fact, Forgery, which begins on Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and concludes on Easter Sunday.  Finding Jesus is co-written by award-winning journalists, authors and filmmakers David Gibson and Michael McKinley, who also co-authored the companion book. Finding Jesus looks at six holy objects from the time of Christ, offering sc … [Read more...]

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Lafayette: The American Patriot Who Wasn’t Even an American Citizen

The American Catholic Almanac

Today, something different:  The story of a hero in the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette.The following article is reprinted with permission from Image Books, publisher of The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson.  I've written before about the Almanac, and how much I enjoy its colorful stories of Catholics from all walks of life.  I told the story of the Snowshoe Priest, Father Frederic Baraga, who carried the gospel message to the  Chippewa tribe in upper Mi … [Read more...]

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