Though it’s not yet the “dog days” of summer, it’s never too early (or late) for a quiz on all things Catholic! Feel free to ask your friends and family—but no fair using Google, Wikipedia, or the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  1. What Pope declared himself a prisoner of the Vatican?
  2. What two symbolic pieces of heraldic regalia are found in all basilicas?
  3. Who was the first non-martyr to be named a saint (pace Mary, St. John the Evangelist and of course, St. Joseph)?
  4. In Italy, which saint is so famous she is simply known as “THE Saint”?
  5. What were (are) the four “minor orders”?
  6. What was the name of the cave David took shelter in?
  7. During the singing of the Exultet at the Easter Vigil, what insect is extolled?
  8. During his papal installation, Pope Benedict wore what garment in an Eastern Catholic tradition?
  9. What two 20th-century British authors, both of whom were converts to Catholicism, soured on the liturgical changes of the Second Vatican Council?
  10. A crosier with two horizontal bars on it is called what kind of cross?
  11. Leon Bloy wrote a famous work on which Marian apparition?
  12. What cardinal died suddenly and immediately before the conclave of 1958?
  13. An atheist does not believe in God. An agnostic is unsure. But what is the technical term for someone who actively hates God?
  14. Which 20th-century saint wrote an autobiography entitled Journal of a Soul?
  15. What Doctor of the Church is literally named “Golden-Word”?
  16. What Renaissance artist practiced the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola?
  17. What epic English poet not only served in World War I, but went on to decorate many churches with his engravings and paintings?
  18. In a church what are bobaches used for?
  19. Who is the patron saint of editors?
  20. In the West, what are the tradition names given to the Magi (the “three kings”)?
  21. A priest with “O.A.R.” for a suffix belongs to which religious order?
  22. The “Miraculous Medal” was manifested to which saint?
  23. Who is “The Second Apostle to Germany” (the first being St. Boniface)?
  24. There are two arch-abbeys in the United States: what are their names and where are they located?
  25. Although he is always depicted in art as being shot through with many arrows, St. Sebastian did not die from arrow wounds: how was he finally martyred?
  26. What famous Lebanese-American actor had a public and strong devotion to St. Jude?
  27. Most tourists think that the Cathedral of Venice has always been the famed St. Mark’s Basilica—but from 1450 to 1805 the Cathedral of Venice was which other church?
  28. What are four different names for the Sunday following Easter?
  29. What Catholic writer and painter also invented—according to his own history—color and underwater photography (though he died broken and penniless in Venice)?
  30. What famous philosopher wrote books taking titles from the New Testament such as The Sickness Unto Death and Fear and Trembling?
  31. On the Feast of Saint Agnes, lambs are blest then shorn to fashion what ecclesiastical garment?



  1. Pope Saint Pius IX
  2. A tiny ceremonial bell and an elaborate umbrella.
  3. St. Martin.
  4. Saint Catherine of Genoa.
  5. Porter, Lector, Exorcist, Acolyte.
  6. Adullam
  7. Bees
  8. Pallium
  9. Graham Greene and especially Evelyn Waugh
  10.  A patriarchal cross
  11. Our Lady of La Salette (She Who Weeps)
  12.  Cardinal Edward Mooney of Detroit
  13.   A misotheist
  14.   Pope St. John XXIII
  15.  Saint Peter Chrysologus
  16.  Bernini
  17.  David Jones (his WWI experience is recorded in his work In Parenthesis)
  18. Bobaches catch the wax from candlesticks in Church.
  19.  St. John Bosco is the patron saint of editors.
  20.  Caspar (alternately, Gaspar), Melchior and Balthazar.
  21.  “O.A.R.” is the post-nominals for an Augustinian Recollect member.
  22.  St. Catherine Labore
  23.  St. Peter Canisius, S.J. is called the “Second Apostle to Germany”
  24.  Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Saint Meinrad, Indiana.
  25. Ultimately St. Sebastian was clubbed to death.
  26. Danny Thomas went on to found St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
  27. San Pietro di Castello 
  28. Low Sunday, Sunday in albis, Quasimodo Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday. Some Eastern Christians refer to it as “Thomas Sunday,” too.
  29. Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe, Baron Corvo.
  30. Soren Kierkegaard
  31. The pallium