Kevin Di Camillo

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Cardinal Gibbons’ Nod To Bishop Challoner

The opening page of the Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible contains a curiosity that I’ve never quite been able to figure out. Instead of simply the usual imprimatur/nihil obstat, the copyright page reads: Approbation of His Eminence James...

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St. Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Short Homilies

I think many Catholics secretly wish for it—especially during the summer: a pastor who always gives a short homily. In the history of the Church there haven’t been a lot of Saints, let alone Doctors of the Church, who were famed for brief...

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10 Other Reformers Who Helped Stem the Tide of Protestantism

I recently picked up a book entitled True Reformers: Saints of the Catholic Reformation (2006, Augustine Institute) by Jerome K. Williams. The title refers, of course, to those self-styled “False Reformers” who were really nothing more than...

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But Did The Rich Young Man Come Back?

The “poor” young, rich man in Matthew 19:16-23. I say “poor” because I think he’s gotten a raw deal over the centuries of teaching on the difficulty of the rich entering the kingdom of heaven. I say this not because I’m young or rich (I’m...

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4 Months Before He Shot JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald Lectured the Jesuits

This sounds totally make-believe, but every single word of it is true: On July 27, 1963, less than four months before he assassinated President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald was invited to deliver a lecture to a group of Jesuits in Mobile,...

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Benedict XV and Pius XI — the Popes Who Would Not Be Saints

By today’s standards, it may seem hard to believe that over two centuries went by without a single pope being named a saint: St. Pius V (1504-1572) was raised to the altars on May 17, 1712, but not until St. Pius X (1835-1914) was canonized on...

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Why Abbots Used to Make Good Bishops

Every now and then, very rarely, a priest belonging to a religious community will become a bishop. But an even more rare episcopal nomination was once a common practice in the Latin Church — the appointment of an abbot to become a bishop. On...

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10 of the Very Best Books About the Saints

Hagiography (or Hagiology) is a fancy word for the study of the lives of the saints. But with thousands upon thousands of canonized saints, where does one even begin to learn more about these sacred men and women who are examples that we should...

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Another Summer Quiz to Test Your Catholic Knowledge

Though it’s not yet the “dog days” of summer, it’s never too early (or late) for a quiz on all things Catholic! Feel free to ask your friends and family—but no fair using Google, Wikipedia, or the Catechism of the Catholic Church: What Pope...

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The Atheist Who Made the Doors of St. Peter’s Basilica

It sounds like an urban legend—or more simply a tall tale back from the days of the ancient Saint Peter’s Basilica—but in fact, it’s true. And much more recent: The renowned Italian artist Manzù (who happened to be a Communist and an avowed...