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Birth of Frederick William Faber in Yorkshire, England. He became a notable Catholic hymnwriter, whose works included “Faith of Our Fathers” and “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy.”


Dedication of St. Francis Xavier Church In Baltimore, Maryland, the first in the United States for blacks.


Death of Camillus de Lellis at Rome. After a wild life as a soldier, he underwent a conversion experience, served the sick, and founded the Agonizants, an order to care for the sick and minister to the dying.

Magazine Issues

  • Issue 122: The Catholic Reformation

    Art, piety, and the fight for renewal: the fourth and final issue of our Reformation series


23 Feb 2017

A War Story: Italian Catholics and a Fascist Europe

by Matt Forster | Issue 121

In World War II, 97 percent of Italy’s population identified as Roman Catholic. Some joined Mussolini’s Fascist Party and enlisted to fight in the Italian Army, but some also risked imprisonment or death to protect Jews and supported the resistance. Most would have been people without much influence, men and women who went to Mass, prayed, worked, and did good deeds for their neighbors. Most of their stories will never be told.  

[Mussolini and Hitler, 1940—Wikimedia]

the popes and the dictator

The individuals in Italy who receive the...

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19 Nov 2013

The church and the soul

by David Mislin | Issue 107

FOR NINENEETH-CENTURY American Catholics, discussions of religion and science summoned the specter of one man: Galileo. Critics of Christianity frequently invoked the Catholic Church’s persecution of Galileo as evidence that science and Christianity did not mix.

Such reminders frustrated late nineteenth-century Catholics. Now middle class and eager to leave the poor, immigrant communities in which they were raised, they wanted to play a larger role in the political and intellectual life of the United States and knew that this depended on...

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15 Nov 1990

1545 The Council of Trent Begins

Issue 28

IF 1517 MARKS THE BEGINNING of the Protestant Reformation, then 1540 (the founding of the Jesuit order) and 1545 (the opening of the Council of Trent) mark the beginning of the Catholic Reformation, also known as the Counter-Reformation.

When Luther sounded the call for reform, not all Catholics fled their church and became Protestants. Instead, many stayed, hoping for renewal. Pleasure-loving Pope Leo X was not the right person to bring reform. But a later pope, Paul III (1534–1549), appointed a commission to examine the state of the...

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