Kevin Di Camillo

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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...

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The Highest Opened-Laced Spire in America (and What That Means)

Everybody likes to be the best or first at something, whether it’s the first person in a family to graduate from high school or being the best fly-fisherman in Monroe County.  The same is true of church buildings, too, I think—especially with...

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A Summer Quiz to Test Your Catholic Knowledge

True, it’s not yet technically summer, but with Memorial Day weekend come and gone, now seems as good a time as any to have a quiz on all things Catholic. And as always: no using Google, Wikipedia, or Denzinger! What are the four traditional...

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How to Pray Before Your Daily Prayers

Years ago, when I first received the one-volume Liturgy of the Hours (“The Divine Office”), it came with a card that had a prayer prefaced with the words: “The following prayer may be said before private recitation of the Office.” At the time,...

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Another Catholic Quiz to Stump Your Brain

Be strong, take hold and keep heart! As always: no using search engines, or, for that matter consulting the Catechism or the chancery for answers! The questions: Who was the first American Citizen canonized? How many major basilicas are...