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Patron Saints

March 17: Here's to the Patron Saint of Nigeria

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Jeremiah Horrigan

Most everything you know about St. Patrick is wrong. He wasn't Irish and he wasn't named Patrick. He wasn't the first Christian missionary to visit Ir...

El Chapo Guzman's Patron Saints

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The capture of el Chapo, the world's most powerful drug lord, has thrust his hometown folk saint, Jesus Malverde into the media spotlight.

Patron Saint Of Sexual Abuse Victims?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Dutch Catholic Bishop Frans Schraven was burned alive during the Second Sino-Japanese War for protecting young Chinese girls from rape at the hands of...

The Girl's Guide To Saints

Tonya Hurley | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Tonya Hurley

From animal attacks to anorexia, magic spells to mental illness, insomnia to insecurity, obsession to oversleeping, slander to sexual temptation, the saints have got your back, and are always there for you to talk to.

The Patron Saint Of Pregnant Women

Christina Capecchi | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Christina Capecchi

The Catholic Church offers a patron saint for every conceivable cause: for alcoholics, and archeologists; for protection against breast cancer or mice. But why, given the array of mothers who have been declared saints, is the patron saint of pregnant women a man and a virgin?

St. Benedict vs. Rugged Individualism

Thomas Worcester | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

For Americans given over to unlimited individualism and a loud, relentless acquisition of material things, St. Benedict may be difficult to accept, but he offers a precious example of a life more fully human.