Matthew E. Bunson
On April 27, 2005, only a few weeks after his election as successor to Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI held his first General Audience in...
Robert P. Lockwood
From game shows to comedy sketches, from allegedly serious scholarship to anti-Catholic tracts stuck under windshield wipers in the parish...
Matthew E. Bunson
On January 26, 1957, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan was the site of a new opera by noted French Catholic composer François Poulenc. Le Dialogue...
Robert P. Lockwood
Every writer knows that a solid gold metaphor can be more powerful than a fact. At the same time, some of our most pervasive metaphors can...
Matthew E. Bunson
Catholics are often asked why the Church honors and venerates the early Christians with such enthusiasm. After all, we hear, these people died...
Robert P. Lockwood
It was an ill-fated conspiracy with disastrous consequences. On November 5, 1605, a small group of fanatic Catholics in England planned to blow...