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The 30 statements of the joint declaration between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill

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SPL Staff • February 13th, 2016

Listers, on February 12, 2016 His Holiness Pope Francis met with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba. The two leaders signed a joint declaration on several issues, which included overcoming historic antagonisms between the two Churches, the plight of Christians in the Middle... Read More →

7 Illustrations of How People in the Old Testament Viewed the Universe

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SPL Staff • January 4th, 2016

Listers, the concept of ancient Hebrew cosmology is fascinating. In general, the world was a flat disc covered by a firm dome. Beneath the disc was Sheol - the place of the dead - and the deep waters. Above the dome, there was more water and finally the high heavens where God dwells. "The notion... Read More →

The Ultimate Guide to St. Genevieve: 13 Things about Her and Her Feast Day

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SPL Staff • January 3rd, 2016

Life & Works 1. General Background St. Genevieve was born around Anno Domini 419 or 422 in Nanterre, France, "a small village four miles from Paris, near the famous modern stations, or Calvary, adorned with excellent sculptures, representing our Lord's Passion, on Mount Valerien."1 She died... Read More →

20 Quote Graphics from the 2015 World of Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

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SPL Staff • October 18th, 2015

Listers, the World Meeting of Families exists to strength and support family. According to the official site of the 2015 gathers: "Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the world's largest Catholic gathering of... Read More →

Pope Francis v. Donald Trump, and More! 13 U.S. Political Cartoons

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SPL Staff • September 28th, 2015

Listers, His Holiness Pope Francis' arrival to the United States was paved by a considerable amount of political posturing. The Roman Pontiff's focus on the poor, the immigrant, and the environment was too liberal for many, while his focus on marriage, the unborn, and religious liberty was too... Read More →

26 Quotes from Pope Francis' Visit to Washington D.C. and New York City

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SPL Staff • September 26th, 2015

Listers, Pope Francis' visit to the United States is one marked with historic firsts. His Holiness Pope Francis was the first Roman Pontiff to address a full joint session of the U.S. Congress. Second, Pope Francis was the first Vicar of Christ to address the United Nations at the opening of a... Read More →

When the World's Statesmen Called for a Patron: 24 Quotes on Thomas More's Sainthood

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SPL Staff • August 14th, 2015

Listers, St. Thomas More is known as the "Man for All Seasons" - but he is also a man claimed by all ages. Exactly why Sir Thomas More became a saint is a question that seems to draw out competing philosophies. In the petition to have More declared a saint, the petitioners wrote, "He was a martyr... Read More →

The Crusades: 3 Books Worth Reading

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SPL Staff • February 8th, 2015

Listers, the following works have been chosen as excellent introductory texts to the Crusades. All three works come heavily recommended by Catholic professors and priests as superior primers on what is arguably one of the most misunderstood events in human history. All three title are available... Read More →

75 Top Tweets & Instagrams from the 2015 March for Life #WhyWeMarch

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SPL Staff • January 22nd, 2015

Listers, since not all of us are able to be present at this year's March for Life, we have collected some of the best social media posts to share with you here. We'll continue to update this list as the march progresses, and official attendance numbers are released. Scroll down for latest... Read More →

Boko Haram: 15 Political Cartoons on the Militant Islamists of Nigeria

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SPL Staff • January 20th, 2015

Listers, the radical Islamists of Boko Haram have terrorized, murdered, and burned their way through Nigeria. The name Boko Haram translates as Western Education is Forbidden. The Islamist militants have "killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000... Read More →

Demons, Beer, & Breastfeeding - The Top 14 Catholic Lists of 2014

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SPL Staff • December 30th, 2014

Listers, thank you for another incredible year. The popular lists of 2014 are certainly diverse. Prayers for your workday, types of demonic activity, and sacred images of breastfeeding are all among this year's finalists. The following is the third annual "top" list in the history of St. Peter's... Read More →

4 Step Guide for Celebrating St. Stephen's Day

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SPL Staff • December 26th, 2014

Listers, Holy Mother Church provides us with the beautiful gift of the liturgical calendar, which draws us out of the world of time and into the realm of the sacred. By reminding us of the witness of the saints, the calendar gives us insight into the Christian life and points to the paradoxes of... Read More →

11 Things You Should Know about the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

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SPL Staff • November 9th, 2014

Listers, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta has a long and rich history. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta or "SMOM" for short, traces its origins to a crusade-era hospital in the Holy Lands charged with caring for not only Catholics but... Read More →

15 Catholic Quotes on ISIS, Islam, War, & the Persecuted Church

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SPL Staff • October 9th, 2014

1. Christians are Peace-Loving Citizens "Excellency, we Christians are peace-loving citizens caught up in the middle of a clash between Sunnis and Shiites, as well as attacks from Military groups. Our community has suffered a disproportionate share of hardship caused by sectarian conflicts,... Read More →

Hermeneutic of Continuity: Pope Benedict XVI's 10 Step Guide to Vatican II

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SPL Staff • September 12th, 2014

Listers, in 2005 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI gave a Christmas address to the Roman Curia that sparked a "Holy Revolution." The good pontiff's comments were received as "epoch-making" by many of those faithful to Sacred Tradition.1 At the heart of his address is the juxtaposition of the... Read More →

4 Steps to Understand the Crisis of Modernity

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SPL Staff • July 29th, 2014

Listers, modernity developed as a rejection. Though each modern philosopher worked toward his own end, they all contributed to the grand project of modernity - the emancipation of the human will from all externalities. It is not God, nature, or history that grants this life value. It is the human... Read More →

4 Facts about the Catholic Saint who Fought the Loch Ness Monster

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SPL Staff • May 13th, 2014

1. Saint Columba Saint Columba (7 December 521 – 9 June 597) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He is the... Read More →

5 Hagiographical Pearls from the Life of St. John Damascene

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SPL Staff • February 24th, 2014

**Listers, in addition to remembering the great bishop and wonder-worker St. Nicholas of Myra, the Church commemorates in the same week the great ascetic, theologian, and hymnographer St. John Damascene, on the 4th of December. ** Born in the year 680 in Saracen-held Damascus of Syria, John was... Read More →

Top 10 Most Popular Catholic Lists of 2013

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SPL Staff • January 8th, 2014

Listers, thank you for another wonderful year. SPL seeks to provide you with timeless lists that catalogue various aspects of the Catholic faith. The 2013 Top Ten List demonstrates the diversity of those aspects by listing everything from Trappist Ales to images of Mary breastfeeding. If you'd... Read More →

The 10 Authentic Trappist Monk Beers

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SPL Staff • December 20th, 2013

Logo of the International Trappist Association International Trappist Association & Standards In 1997, eight Trappist abbeys—six from Belgium (Orval, Chimay, Westvleteren, Rochefort, Westmalle and Achel), one from the Netherlands (Koningshoeven) and one from Germany (Mariawald) - founded... Read More →
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