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Catholic treasures of Switzerland

Say “Switzerland,” and you’re more likely to think of mountain chalets than historic cathedrals. However, the country has many Catholic treasures worth visiting. Though the Reformation had a strong impact here, many parts of the country…

Seeking St. Patrick

No saint gets a party going like Patrick. March 17, 2017, is chilly and damp in Dublin, but up to half a million spectators have shown up for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The crowd, sprinkled with green wigs and leprechaun hats, are…

The pope’s church

The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest of the four papal basilicas in Rome and serves as the cathedral church of Rome and, by extension, the ecclesiastical seat of the pope. Nov. 9 is the feast day for the Dedication of the…

Experience Rome

One of the highlights of Catholic Digest’s Shrines of Italy and Shroud of Turin pilgrimage is, of course, the audience with the pope in Rome. St. Peter’s Basilica is the heart of the Church. It is packed with history, art, and stunning…

More Gelato Please

This morning our pilgrimage group had Mass in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica, just a few feet away from the tomb of St. Peter. At Mass, Fr. Tom talked about Jesus picking an unperfect man to build his Church. Despite all his mistakes,…