The Irish Franciscan who gave St. Patrick his feast day

St. Patrick's Day is now a big celebration on multiple continents, but how did it get going? Patrick, who died in 461 A.D., didn't launch the festivities himself.


Brother, doctor, soldier, lies

Essay: After a failed attempt to become a Trappist monk, imposter Ferdinand Waldo Demara proceeded to join nearly a dozen other Catholic orders. 


Inspired by Dymphna, Belgium town welcomes mentally ill

The story of Dymphna -- the patron saint of the mentally ill -- involves such horrors as incest and decapitation. However, her legacy launched a community of unprecedented and unrivaled compassion for the mentally ill.


Babe Ruth, an unlikely Catholic, was a giant both in appetite and charity

Essay: "Catholicism" might not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Babe Ruth, with his copious drinking and womanizing.