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Culture

Hear Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien, reading his father’s works.

He also drew the original maps for 'The Lord of the Rings'!

Flannery O’Connor’s 4 lessons for being your best self

Some pearls of wisdom from the renowned American author.

Aleteia is now on Spotify! Here’s our Contemporary Sacred Music playlist

Featuring works from Sean O’Riada, Arvo Pärt, Domenico Bartolucci, and others.

“To Hope! A Celebration”: Listen to Dave Brubeck’s jazz Mass

Brubeck became a Catholic in 1980, shortly after completing this Mass, which had been commissioned by Ed Murray, editor of the national Catholic weekly Our Sunday Visitor.

3 Greek words every Christian should know

If you’ve been to Mass or Sunday school, these are probably not Greek to you.

New list of UNESCO “intangible” cultural practices include Catholic traditions

Dances in honor of the Christ Child, Holy Week processions and a forgiveness ceremony inspired by a pope are some of the newly recognized practices.

Bishop Barron on ‘The Crown’ and the primacy of grace

The plot line with Prince Philip has a lot to teach us about Pelagianism and grace.

A guide to recognizing religious and monastic habits at first sight

Even if the habit does not make the monk, it can surely help you identify the order he belongs to.

The strange case of the demon with the ice cream cone on the cathedral façade

Just as medieval masons drew inspiration from the bestiary they had at hand, contemporary artists blend tradition and pop culture to convey the same eternal message.

Listen to Arvo Pärt’s rendition of Psalm 130, “De Profundis”

The Estonian musician, considered the founder of “holy minimalism” in music, became the first composer to ever win the Ratzinger Prize, back in 2017.

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