Kevin Di Camillo writes regularly for The National Catholic Register and is a Lecturer in English Literature at Niagara University. His latest book is Now Chiefly Poetical, and with Rev. Lawrence Boadt he edited John Paul II in the Holy Land: In His Own Words. His work has been anthologized in Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian-Americana, and he was awarded the Foley Poetry Prize from America Magazine. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he regularly attends Yale University’s School of Management Publishing Course.
Blogs | Apr. 5, 2018
Another Catholic Quiz to Stump Your Brain
What apostle was martyred by being thrown off a terrace in the Temple?
Be strong, take hold and keep heart! As always: no using search engines, or, for that matter consulting the Catechism or the chancery for answers!
- Who was the first American Citizen canonized?
- How many major basilicas are there?
- Which Evangelist is the Patron Saint of Venice? (Extra credit: what is his symbol?)
- A priest, at Mass, wears a chasuble over all other vestments. What vestment does a deacon wear over all others?
- What is the primatial see of Ireland?
- At the end of the Latin Mass (according to the Extraordinary Form), the Gospel read is taken from the beginning of which book?
- How many “hours” comprise the Liturgy of the Hours (extra credit if you can name all of the liturgical “hours”)?
- In the Gospel account Jesus took a little child and placed him in their midst: an ancient tradition says that this child grew up to be what famous saint?
- How is a Solemn High Mass different from a High Mass?
- Who is the Patron Saint of the Impossible?
- What 20th-century writer once told an interviewer: “You keep referring to me as a ‘Catholic’ writer, but I’m not. I’m a Jesuit.’” (Hints: 1. He wasn’t really a Jesuit, and 2. He was joking)
- How many Ecumenical Councils have there been?
- What year did the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches split under anathematae?
- What was the name of St. Benedict’s (traditionally twin) sister?
- Name all four doctors of the Western Church
- Name all four doctors of the Eastern Church
- Both Pope St. John XXIII and Benedict XVI brought back the wearing of what papal headpiece?
- The first-ever British Poet-Laureate changed religions twice before dying as a Catholic: who was he?
- During the full rite of baptism with all the ceremonials, what is the name of the blowing of the Holy Spirit on the catechumen?
- Who finished building “Michelangelo’s” dome over St. Peter’s Basilica?
- Coptic Catholics reside mainly in which country?
- What was the name of Adam and Eve’s third son?
- Name all the major (and approved) Marian apparition sites
- What are the five colors of the most popular scapulars?
- Who was the last pope to wear the papal tiara?
- By student population, what is the largest Catholic university in the United States?
- Who was the first pope to change his name?
- Traditionally, what was the name of the Roman centurion who pierced Jesus’ side with a lance and then declared, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
- What two saints founded monasticism under a Rule, in the (a) West and (b) East?
- What apostle was martyred by being thrown off a terrace in the Temple?
- St. Frances Cabrini, who was born in Italy, was the first American Citizen to be canonized in 1946 by Venerable Pius XII.
- There are only four Major Basilicas, all in Rome: The Archbasilica-Cathedral of St. John Lateran, St. Peter’s, St. Mary Major, and St. Paul’s Outside the Walls.
- St. Mark is the Patron Saint of Venice. His symbol is the winged lion. Side note: he replaced St. Theodore.
- A deacon wears a dalmatic.
- The Primatial See of Ireland, founded by St. Patrick, is Armagh.
- The Beginning of the Holy Gospel according to St. John is read at the end of almost every Latin Mass.
- The Divine Office is composed of seven or eight hours: Matins (Vigils); Lauds; Prime (in the Extraordinary Form only); Terce; Sext; Nones; Vespers; and Compline.
- St. Ignatius of Antioch
- At a Solemn High Mass a deacon sings the Gospel and performs all the liturgical actions according to the diaconal order. A High Mass is a sung Mass without a deacon.
- St. Rita of Cascia is the Patron Saint of the Impossible. St. Jude, of course, is the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes.
- James Joyce, who was entirely educated by the Jesuits in Ireland, made this comment.
- There have been 21 Ecumenical or General Councils, the last being Vatican II.
- 1054 was the year of the Schism between East and West.
- St. Scholastica is traditionally St. Benedict’s twin sister.
- The Four Western Doctors are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great and Jerome.
- The Four Eastern Doctors are Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, Athanasius and John Chrysostom.
- The camuro, an ermine-lined red hat that covers the entire head of the pontiff, unlike the zuchetta which looks more like a Jewish yarmulke.
- John Dryden was born a Puritan, converted to the Church of England, and ultimately died a Catholic.
- Della Porta brought the dome of St. Peter’s to completion and it differs significantly from Michelangelo’s original model and drawings.
- Coptic Catholics are based in Alexandria, Egypt.
- Fatima, Knock, Lourdes, Pontmain, Bayneaux, La Salette and Guadalupe
- Brown (Carmelite), Red (Passion), The Seven Dolours of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Black), Blue is the Immaculate Conception scapular, and the Trinity Scapular is white with a blue and red cross.
- Blessed Paul VI. He later had it sold and donated the money to the poor.
- DePaul University in Chicago.
- Pope John II was born “Mercurius” and reigned from 533-535.
- St. Pachomius in the West, St. Basil the Great in the East. St. Antony was a forerunner, as was John of Egypt.
- St. James the Less.