These first five are the most popular Catholic sites, not necessarily the best ones:
1. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic
Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, so the information here should be checked against other, more orthodox sources.
2. Catholic Online: www.catholic.org and www.catholicusa.com
Comprehensive sites with news, links, saints, directories, and Scripture; they offer an easily searchable database.
3. Catholic Answers: www.catholic.com
One of the largest Catholic lay apologetics site, it also offers links to the original Catholic encyclopedia and This Rock magazine archives.
4. American Catholic: www.americancatholic.org
The homepage of the Franciscan magazine, St. Anthony Messenger, this site offers a sampler from e-cards to movie reviews to saint of the day.
5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: www.newadvent.org/cathen
This includes online text of the original 15 volumes of history, teaching and general information from the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia. It’s excellent for historical research, but does not reflect modern thought or teaching.
6. Some comparable sites in Spanish are: www.catolico.com, www.katolico.com, www.es.catholic.net, www.virgenperegrina.org, www.sancta.org, es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catolicismo, www.devocionario.com, www.encuentra.com
The Holy See: www.vatican.va
All major Church documents, papal writings, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, art and even “secret” archives can be found here. The search engine is a bit cumbersome, and not all documents are available in English, but it’s still the first place for all things Catholic.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: www.usccb.org
The official site of the U.S. Catholic bishops includes an online Bible, the Catechism, publications, movie reviews and more.
Catholic Hierarchy: www.catholic-hierarchy.org
Current and historical information about bishops and dioceses.
Knights of Columbus: www.kofc.org
Home of the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society.
Our Sunday Visitor: www.osv.com
Home of Our Sunday Visitor, with news, information and archives.
Vatican Radio: www.vaticanradio.org
Programs in 40 different languages from 61 different countries.
Headline Bistro: http://www.headlinebistro.com/en/index.html
Church, national, and international headlines, and links that take you to the full written articles.
Zenit-The World Seen from Rome: www.zenit.org
International news agency focusing on the Vatican and the Church.
Catholic World News:www.cwnews.com
Gobal news coverage with Catholic emphasis.
Catholic News Service: www.catholicnews.com
The oldest and largest news service specializing in reporting on religion.
EWTN Gobal Catholic Network: www.ewtn.com
Site of the Eternal Word Television Network and TV, radio and library resources.
News, comments, reviews, movies, blogs from well-known authors.
U.S. Catholic: www.uscatholic.org
General interest magazine for American Catholics.
Busted Halo: www.bustedhalo.com
Online magazine for spiritual seekers in their 20s and 30s from the Paulists.
Online magazine covering politics, science, economy and the arts.
Ignatius Press: www.ignatius.com
Homepage of Ignatius Press.
GENERAL CATHOLIC SITES
Catholic Way: www.catholicway.org
The only Catholic area on Christianity.com
Catholic First: www.catholicfirst.com
Prayers, saints, Scripture, Church teachings.
Catholic Treasury: www.catholictreasury.info
Catholic beliefs, prayers, spiritual teaching.
The Internet Padre: A Roman Catholic Resource on the World Wide Web: www.internetpadre.com
Directory of links to Catholic resources.
Catholic area of the general religious/spirituality site.
Scripture Catholic: www.scripturecatholic.com
Two thousand Scripture citations from the Old and New Testaments defend the Church’s teachings.
New American Bible: www.usccb.org/nab/bible/index.htm
New American Bible online with search engine.
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology: www.salvationhistory.com/home.cfm
Resources for Bible study from Scott Hahn.
The Catholic Company: www.catholiccompany.com
Books, gifts and statues that are uniquely Catholic.
Sacred Silks: www.sacredsilks.com
Art inspired by the sacred places of the world.
Stella Maris Books: www.stellamariscatholicbooks.com
Books, gifts, hard-to-find liturgical items, statues.
Restored Traditions: www.restoredtraditions.com/
Famous religious art work from great Catholic artists over the centuries.
Catholic Charities: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
Network of social service organizations in the United States.
Catholic Relief Services: www.crs.org
The official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community.
Catholic Network of Volunteer Service: www.cnvs.org
Listing of more than 200 volunteer opportunities in the United States and overseas.
Your Aging Parent: www.YourAgingParent.com
Spiritual resources and information for Catholic caregivers.
For men and women who wish to live chaste lives in accordance with the church’s teaching on homosexuality. There is a link to Encourage, a ministry for parents and siblings of people with same-sex attraction.
Mirror of Justice: www.mirrorofjustice.net
Blog dedicated to Catholic legal theory.
Canon Law: www.canonlaw.info
Dr. Edward Peters’ canon law resources.
Catholic Match: www.catholicmatch.com
Catholic singles and dating site.
Catholics in the Military: www.catholicmil.org
Site for Catholics serving in the armed forces, their families and loved ones.
Catholics Come Home: catholisccomehome.org
Ministry for fallen-away Catholics who wish to return to the Church.
Site of St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers, a site for husbands and dads.
Family Life Center International: www.familylifecenter.net
Articles on faith and family life with Catholic emhasis.
Catholic Youth Networking: www.catholicyouth.freeservers.com
Networking site for Catholic youth.
Café Theology: www.cafetheology.org
Faith-sharing website for young Catholic adults.
Catholic Jobs: www.catholicjobs.com
Job listings in Catholic organizations.
Resource for sacred liturgical music.
Association of Hebrew Catholics: hebrewcatholic.org
Designed to preserve the identity and heritage of Catholics of Jewish origin within the Church.
Catholic Forum: www.catholicforum.com
A forum and discussion area for Catholics.
Catholic Culture: www.catholicculture.org
Information on Catholic life sponsored by Trinity Communications.
Catechetical Resources: www.catecheticalresources.com
Free resources for Catholic catechists.
Catholic Educator’s Resource Center: www.catholiceducation.org/index.html
Resource library of the Church’s moral and social teachings.
Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers: www.love2learn.net
Information for Catholic home-schoolers.
Seton Home Study School” www.setonhome.org
Largest Catholic home schooling program in the United States.
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: www.accunet.org
The collective voice of Catholic higher education in the United States.
JUST FOR FUN
Greeting Cards: www.catholicgreetings.org
Free online e-cards with Catholic inspiration.
Pope Benedict Fan Club: www.popebenedictxvifanclub.com
Just what it says-a fan club for the pope.
Catholic Doors: www.catholicdoors.com/musi2/index.htm
Midi music of favorite Catholic hymns.
Clean Catholic jokes.
Veritas Financial Ministers: www.veritasfinancialministries.com
Financial advice from faithful Catholic perspective
USCCB's Catholic Teaching on Economic Life www.usccb.org/jphd/economiclife
The US Bishop's website detailing the Church's teachings on economic life.
Adoration Chapel: louisvillecatholic.net/WebCameras/Adoration Chapel/tabit/825Default.aspx
A 24-hour webcam at St. Martin of Tours Church in Louisville, KY
Sacred Space: www.sacredspace.ie
Online daily prayer and Scripture from the Irish Jesuits.
Mass Times: www.Masstimes.org
Times and places of Masses around the world.
Papal Encyclicals: www.papalencyclicals.net
An extensive collection of papal encyclicals and other papal documents from the current pope back to Pope Honorius (1226).
Biblia Clerus: www.clerus.org/bibliaclerus/index_eng.html
Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis.
Catholic Liturgical Library: www.catholicliturgy.com
All things related to the Latin rite of the liturgy.
Code of Canon Law: www.intratext.com/X/ENG0017.htm
Entire code of canon law online.
History of Catholicism in the United States.
Catholic Biblical Association of America: cba.cua.edu
Association for scholarly study in Scripture.
RIGHT TO LIFE/NFP
Americans United for Life: www.aul.org
National Right to Life: www.nrlc.org
The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life.
Human Life International: www.hli.org
International pro-life organization.
Couple to Couple League: www.ccli.org
Information on natural family planning.
Pure Love Club: www.pureloveclub.com
Abstinence education from Catholic Answers.
Catholics on Call: www.catholicsoncall.com
Vocational website from the Bernardin Center at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Institute on Religious Life: www.religiouslife.com
Resources for those interested in religious life.
Ask a Catholic: www.askacatholic.com
Questions and answers about the Catholic faith.
Becoming Catholic: www.beginningcatholic.com
First-person accounts of conversion from a catechist’s point of view.
Questions and answers about the faith.
Faithful Citizenship: www.faithfulcitizenship.org
A site sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ conference. It offers resources for educators and families.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights: www.catholicleague.org
Defending the rights of Catholics in the public arena.
One Nation Under God: onenationundergod.org
Background information on political candidates and issues.
SAINTS AND PLACES
Catholic Shrines: www.catholicshrines.net
List of all Catholic shrines in the United States.
Divine Mercy: www.divinemercysunday.com/index.htm
Information about the devotion to Divine Mercy.
Official site of the shrine at Lourdes, with online prayer requests.
Index of Patron Saints: saints.sqpn.com/indexsnt.htm
Ideal for confirmation names.
Biographies of many of the saints of the Catholic Church.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas: www.sancta.org
Extensive information on Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
Virtual Holy Land Tour: www.md.huji.ac.il/vjt/sub2.html
Visit the Holy Land from your computer.
Online Guide to Saint Benedict of Nursia: www.e-benedictine.com
The life of St. Benedict and instruction on Benedictine theology and modern monasticism.
Catholic Prayers: www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/
Nearly 3,000 Catholic prayers from ancient to modern times.
A list of 182 novenas on virtually every Topic imaginable.
Daily Liturgy of the Hours.
Office of Readings (British website, so texts and feast days may differ somewhat from U.S. texts).
The Mary Page: http://campur.udayton.edu/mary
Home of the largest collection of materials on Mary, from the University of Dayton in Ohio.
Sodality of Our Lady: www.sodality.ie
Association to foster love for Our Lady.
Mary Links: www.marlings.org
A collection of links about the Virgin Mary.
Our great-grandmothers shared their lives as they chatted across the back fence. We still want to let others know what’s happening, but now we do it through blogs – short for web log, an online journal where individuals or groups communicate information, thoughts, pictures.
Many Catholics with blogs are members of St. Blog’s, which is not a real parish, but rather a loosely knit group of Catholics who maintain these personal journals. Some are
“professional” Catholics, including clergy, religious, teachers, writers, journalists and authors, but most are just ordinary Catholics who share their lives and faith. Many are listed in The St. Blog’s Parish Directory at stblogsparish.com/blogs/bloglist.php
Some popular Catholic blogs include:
Catholic Sean’s Blog
Catholic and Enjoying It!
Charlotte was Both
Creative Minority Report
Domine,da mihi hanc aquam!
The New Liturgical Movement
The Shrine of the Holy Whapping
What Does the Prayer really Say?
Whispers in the Loggia
COMING TO A COMPUTER NEAR YOU
Want to hear Pope John Paul II praying the Luminous Mysteries?
Long to attend daily Mass but are housebound? Wish you could get techno-savvy kids interested in Church history? Then check out Catholic podcasts. A podcast is a digital recording of an audio or video broadcast available on the Internet that can be heard or watched on a computer or downloaded to a personal player like an iPod. You download your favorite program and then watch or listen whenever it’s convenient. With audio podcasts, you can listen in your car, on an airplane or while waiting for appointments.
If you don’t want to keep checking for new podcasts, you can have them automatically downloaded to your computer as they come out. Go to www.itunes.com, download and install the free iTunes program on your computer. Once you’ve done that, you can then go to the iTunes music store online, search for the name of the show you want, and subscribe to it. Once you’ve entered your information, iTunes will download new episodes to your computer as soon as they come out.
The Star Quest Production Network
According to its mission statement, SQPN (Star Quest Production Network) is a multimedia organization specializing in the production of audio and video programs faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The video and audio productions are in various languages to reach an international audience and cover topics ranging from Q and A’s about the faith to the pope and even to Catholic humor.
Disciples with Microphones
Disciples with Microphones features more than 50 podcasts from well-known Catholics, including Cardinal Francis Arinze, Father Stan Fortuna and Michael Barone.
This site lists resources and various podcasts from parishes and individuals.
Daily Mass Readings
The American bishops offer a daily podcast of Mass readings as well as other podcast that are both informative and spiritually uplifting.
Caveat: Youtube is the premier video sharing website which allows individuals to upload, view and share their video clips. While you can find Catholic offerings such as lectures, Masses and even hymns you’ll also encounter anti-Catholic diatribes and other offensive materials, so search carefully and view cautiously.