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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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July 13th, 2010

A Pope’s choosing of his Papal name is always symbolic on some level, so Fr. Larry gives us some details on the life of one of the previous Pope Benedicts, in hope that we may gain a deeper understanding of Pope Benedict XVI.…

July 8th, 2010

Fact guru Fr. Larry gives us a Fact of Faith about a popular wedding ritual, the Unity Candle.  He and Fr. Dave discuss the symbolism involved, the liturgical flow of the nuptial mass and the story of the Unity Candle’s popularization.…

July 6th, 2010

Fr. Larry answers the oft-asked question; ‘How many times can I receive communion in one day?’  He also tells us how many times a priest can celebrate mass, answers an intern’s question, and even discusses the philosophy behind Roman Law!…

July 2nd, 2010

Fr. Larry explains what has happened to St. Paul’s remains after he was martyred in Rome.  He and Fr. Dave also discuss St. Paul’s Basilica — one of the four main basilicas in Rome — and a kooky superstition associated with it.…

June 29th, 2010

Facts of Faith visits Rome as Fr. Larry discusses the Catacombs of Rome.  We also get information about the Church’s position on cremation, the Roman subway, and the veneration of martyrs.…

June 24th, 2010

Fr. Larry lists some tips for Catholics going into a hospital for extended stay.  Due to changing laws and societal norms, things the patient must do to see a priest have drastically changed since the 50′s.…

June 22nd, 2010

Facts about incense!  Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry discuss just about everything you want to know about incense, including names for incense vessels, how and when we use incense, and why we do it.  Plus, tips for those who dislike the incense.…

June 22nd, 2010

Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave attempt to bend the time-space continuum in this “Facts” of Faith. The strange case of the Chronovisor involves priests, scientists, top-secret projects, and a device that could view past and future events. A hilarious conspiracy theory about the Vatican’s “time machine” is explored and — Fr. Larry and Fr. Dave hope — put to rest.…

June 17th, 2010

Fr. Larry gives Fr. Dave a quick history lesson on “The Diet of Worms”, which, to Fr. Dave’s dismay, has nothing to do with food.  The history involves Emperor Charles V, Martin Luther, Pope Leo X, and the Protestant Reformation.  It’s a fascinating political and religious story worthy of a suspense novel.…

June 15th, 2010

After briefly discussing seeing food or beverage products with Catholic names, Fr. Larry explains the history of the monks of Le Trappe, who brewed and sold ales to provide an income source for their monastery. Today, Trappist monks from Belgium and the Netherlands sell ales in the U.S. Look for a Chimay or Rochefort in a store near you!…

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