Author says Rosary 'can help us achieve peace in the world'

Why do Catholics pray the Rosary? The history of the Rosary traces to the 13th century. It is believed that Mary gave St. Dominic the Rosary to rescue the church from the Albigensian heresy.


Charting change: Vatican statistics track Church health indicators

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The health of the Catholic Church can be measured in many ways, and the Vatican has a special office just for that purpose.


Why married priests won't really fix the shortage

In 1970, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in the United States. Today, that number has more than doubled, with one priest for every 1,800 Catholics.


Behold, Catholic beard balm (yes, it's a thing)

What do you do with an excess of chrism and a plethora of Catholic men with beards? Tony Vasinda, a director of faith formation at a Catholic parish in Seattle, Wash., was faced with that dilemma three years ago when he ordered some of the fragrant liturgical oil for his confirmation students.


Everything you need to know about Pentecost

This weekend, the Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year that concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church. Here’s what you need to know about the feast day.


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