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September 30th, 2015

Pope Francis may be back in Rome, but the loving and powerful words spoken throughout his time in the United States aren’t something we’ll soon forget. Here’s a list of some of our favorite quotes from his visit:
1. “Joy springs from a grateful heart.” — Vespers, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City

2. “Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.…

September 22nd, 2015

As you’re keeping an eye on your favorite baseball all-stars this summer, check out some all-stars of a different kind: the Saints! They may not break any stolen base records, but they’re still home runs in our book. Every Tuesday, we’ll reveal a new Saint baseball card, complete with a photo and fun facts. Collect them all!











September 21st, 2015

Here’s what people are saying:

Over the past two years, Pope Francis has proven himself to be a pope of surprises, inclusion, and perhaps greatest of all: hope.
In anticipation of Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States this September, we want YOU to share why you’re #Popeful. What has Francis done or said that has made you hopeful? What do you hope will happen during the pope’s visit? Why are you hopeful in the Church?
Whatever the reason why you’re #Popeful, we want to know about it. Tweet us @BustedHalo, or share a #Popeful photo on Instagram @BustedHaloPhoto. Then, tag your friends and encourage them to share.
Not on social media? E-mail us at editor@bustedhalo.com
Share your hope with the

September 18th, 2015

Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, makes his video debut (and eats a lot of sausage and peppers) while celebrating the San Gennaro Festival in New York’s Little Italy. The festival, which celebrates the patron saint of the people of Naples, is well known as one of the largest religious street festivals in the United States. 
San Gennaro, a.k.a. St. Januarius, was an Italian bishop martyred in 305 AD.  His remains were brought back to Naples, where he was celebrated for his faithfulness.  When the Napoli people immigrated to New York in 1926, they continued the celebration, which has expanded from a simple afternoon event into what is now an 11-day-long festival of food, fellowship and fun (and once again, a lot of food.)…

September 16th, 2015

Busted Halo is excited to welcome Pope Francis to the United States! Next week, our team will be traveling to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia for the events, as well as participating in the festivities in our hometown of New York City. We’ll be posting updates, photos, videos, and behind-the-scenes info on all of our social media accounts, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr to stay connected during this historic visit! And tune in to the Catholic Channel (Sirius XM Channel 129) to hear live broadcasts of papal events. Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, will be among the hosts bringing you coverage of all things pope next week.…

September 11th, 2015
Three young adults share how Pope Francis has inspired them to deepen their faith

In honor of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States, we’re revisiting this piece from March 2014, which features the stories of three young adults who cite Pope Francis as their reason for coming back to the Catholic Church.…

Marcee Treadway Hinds
Mobile, Alabama

I actually met with my parish priest about entering RCIA classes and having my daughter baptized just weeks after Pope Francis was elected. As someone who longed to fully enter the Church, in a way I feel like I was called back at an amazing time.
Pope Francis has, for me, been a guiding light in this journey. Every morning on my way to work I listen to the Catholic Channel’s broadcast of daily Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New

September 10th, 2015
An interview with Michael O’Loughlin, author of “The Tweetable Pope”

How much punch can a tweet really pack? Michael O’Loughlin, journalist at Crux, former contributor to Busted Halo, and author of the new book, “The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters,” talks with Busted Halo about Pope Francis’ Twitter revolution, the pope’s upcoming visit to the United States, and living out our faith in our everyday lives.
Q: What makes Pope Francis’ Twitter presence so revolutionary?
This is a man who, just moments after he was elected to the highest office in the Catholic Church, asked for the crowd’s blessing and a few minutes later, wished them all goodnight, like a friend saying farewell. He’s a pastor who’s most comfortable being with his people,

August 14th, 2015

With the Feast of the Assumption approaching on August 15th, we sent our intrepid Paulist priest, friend and colleague, Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, out into New York City to find out the Assumption IQ of citizens on the street.

August 12th, 2015
A closer look at how nature helps us understand our relationship with God

Whose summer to-do list doesn’t include a hike or trip to the beach or a walk in the park? (And if yours doesn’t — you should add one NOW!) Take this Busted Halo® Virtual Outdoor Retreat with you on your next great nature adventure. Examine how nature is a way for us to understand our relationship with God and also understand God’s call to care for all creation. We’ve divided the retreat into three parts — you can break up your hike, activities at the beach, or other outing to fit the timing of the retreat. No Internet connection in the great outdoors? Click on the image below to download and print the PDF. Take a copy of the retreat (and sunscreen and bug spray) with you and your friends on your next hike…

July 24th, 2015

The saints are our mentors and models who show us ways to live our faith. However, some of their stories can be terrifying and downright…spooky. Fr. Steve presents one of these spookier saintly stories as he tells the tale of Saint Christina the Astonishing –– a woman that some called mad, and some called holy. Watch this short, spooky video, right in time for Halloween and All Saints Day.
To download this video go here and click the download arrow or choose save or download.…

July 8th, 2015

While vacationing in Las Vegas, Busted Halo’s own Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, decides to hit the strip and ask people what they know and think about that topic everyone associates with Vegas … sin.…

June 22nd, 2015
Celebrate the sunny season with us on Instagram @BustedHaloPhoto

Summer is finally here! The sun is shining, the days are long, and a spirit of joy is in the air. What better way to share your summer memories than with Busted Halo’s second annual summer photo challenge?
How do you participate?…

Follow @BustedHaloPhoto on Instagram
Save the schedule of weekly themes (below) and let others know you’re participating in our challenge.
Take a photo (or hey, many photos!) following our theme of the week and share it on Instagram. Be sure to tag #BHSummerPhoto and @BustedHaloPhoto when you do! We’ll be regramming some of our favorites.
Not on Instagram? Snap pics anyway, and share them on Facebook or Twitter with the #BHSummerPhoto hashtag.

Happy Summer! We can’t wait to see

June 18th, 2015

Jennifer Sawyer joined the Busted Halo® team on April 20th as our new Digital Content Producer. Jen comes to us after years working in broadcast as a producer and writer for outlets including The Martha Stewart Show, ABC and Yahoo.  She’s dedicated to creating dynamic and inspiring content, and looking forward to using her talents to encourage other young adults to engage in conversations about faith.
Since graduating from Fordham University, Jen has continued to be involved in ministry through several young adult communities in Manhattan, serving as a retreat leader, young adult minister, and member of the Jesuit Collaborative’s Contemplative Leaders in Action. “I look forward to working…

June 18th, 2015

Recently Busted Halo® hired a professional marketing research consultant to conduct a series of focus groups with different segments of our audience, all in their twenties. The conversations focused on how these “millennials” address their spiritual needs and what they seek in an online faith experience. The results will help determine the direction we take in the near future as we revamp Busted Halo’s digital content and online look and feel for 2016.
Everyone interviewed consider themselves “spiritual but not religious” and none were currently affiliated with any religious community. Some were raised Catholic, some were not. Some we chose were familiar with us already, but we also intentionally…

June 18th, 2015
A retreat for fathers and children to celebrate relationships that continue to influence us as young adults

Father’s Day is this weekend and it’s time to honor dear old Dad. Fathers share helpful advice and wisdom throughout our lives (or at least they try to.) Even if we’re too busy or stubborn to listen, dads are giving us tips on how to make our lives the best they can be. This virtual retreat helps young adults and their fathers connect with those wisdom moments and one another. You can do this retreat on your own or with your dad! Live far away? Email Dad the link and get on the phone, Facetime, or Skype. So, in addition to a card or gift (don’t forget!) celebrate Father’s Day with your father in a unique way.

Click either image to open or download the 2-page PDF.

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June 9th, 2015

In anticipation of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, we’re counting down his top 8 most memorable quotes on caring for creation.

May 28th, 2015

Watch this video and take a virtual tour to and through some other famous Catholic sites around the world.

May 21st, 2015
Remembering those we have lost in the service of country and community

This weekend we dust off the grill, break out lawn chairs, and head to the first parades of the year. But Memorial Day isn’t just the unofficial start of summer. It’s a day to remember those who’ve made an extraordinary sacrifice.

May 19th, 2015
A brief illustration of the birthday of the Church

Can’t remember what or when Pentecost is? Well for starters, it’s this Sunday; and if you want a little more info on this celebration of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church, take a look at Busted Halo’s two minute video.

May 7th, 2015
A retreat for young adults and their mothers to celebrate the relationship that continues to nurture us

This Sunday is Mother’s Day — a day dedicated to honoring our mothers. This virtual retreat focuses on our changing relationships with our mothers. Do this retreat on your own or with your mom!

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