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Facts of Faith

Little known Catholic facts, knowledge and trivia

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss facts of Catholicism not widely known, including everything from historical facts to modern pop culture references about the Church.

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March 23rd, 2011

From the art world’s “most epic fail” to a “mater admirabilis,” Fr. Larry describes one of the mysterious paintings in Rome.…

March 15th, 2011

In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, Fr. Larry gives a quick biography of the Saint and describes what Catholics should do when the feast day falls during Holy Week.…

March 1st, 2011

Fr. Larry Rice shares the interesting legend of St. Dymphna, the patroness of the mentally ill.…

February 22nd, 2011

Fr. Larry Rice tells us more about the early Renaissance brother and painter who is also the namesake of a liqueur.…

February 8th, 2011

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meetings weren’t always peaceful business gatherings. In 9th century Rome, political differences caused popes to put deceased popes on trial.…

February 1st, 2011

In the first Facts of Faith recorded by Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave, Fr. Larry describes the origin of the ritual, why we use candles to bless throats, and why the healing of throat illnesses is associated with St. Blaise.…

January 25th, 2011

Fr. Larry Rice shares some asteroids and planets that have ‘heavenly’ names connected with the Catholic Church.…

January 13th, 2011

Fr. Larry talks about the Benedictine monk, Dom Perignon, and the myths surrounding the tales of his discovery of champagne.…

January 6th, 2011

Fr. Larry discusses the definiton of the word epiphany, it’s misuse in modern tongue and the origins of the Feast of the Epiphany and the roles of the Magi (a.k.a. the Three Kings or Three Wise Men.)…

December 24th, 2010

Fr. Larry explains to Fr. Dave how the Church fixes the approximate date of Christ’s birth and His incarnation breaking into human history.…

December 16th, 2010

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer offer suggestions on gifts for the holidays that keep on giving: fair trade products, shares in Catholic Relief Services and other options worlds better than ugly sweaters.
A few of the organizations Fr. Larry mentions:
Heifer International
Advent Conspiracy
Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade
Ten Thousand Villages
Global Exchange…

December 9th, 2010

Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave dicuss the centuries-old prayer that hungry Catholics sometimes rush through. A secret strategy priests use when asked to say grace at gatherings is revealed by Fr. Larry.…

December 7th, 2010

Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave discuss the religious ranks of the Catholic Church, focusing on the lesser-known Roman Catholic Patriarchs.…

December 1st, 2010

Fr. Larry Rice talks more about his new minsitry in New York City as the “Nancy Pelosi” of the Paulist Fathers. He and Fr. Dave Dwyer also talk about the patroness of dentists and the organizations that promote sprituality in the work place.…

November 23rd, 2010

Most people associate the Catholic Mass as being universal, having the same liturgy each Sunday. However Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave know of 6 million Catholics who have their own unique readings and rituals. And Fr. Larry has a new ministry!…

November 18th, 2010

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer discuss 12th century writer Frederiech Von Spee’s arguments on torture and why it is illogical and un-Christian.…

November 16th, 2010

No, the Vatican doesn’t have a prison. Fr. Larry  and Fr. Dave discuss the papal court that grants mercy rather than sentences.…

November 9th, 2010

Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry discuss the dynamic Dorothy Day, a New Yorker on her way to becoming a saint, and the ministry which survives her today.…

November 4th, 2010

How did 11 days just disappear off of the calendar? Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave talk about how different parts of the world are in a different calendar mind-set.…

November 3rd, 2010

Where exactly did the Bible come from? Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer discuss ancient xeroxing.…

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