12 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Catholic

🌺  Written by Jessica Clark

Celebrities often appear far removed from religious life, with their fame and the glitzy world they inhabit. However, it might surprise you to learn that many famous individuals actually practice the Catholic faith.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to 12 well-known figures from various fields, such as entertainment, sports, and politics, who quietly uphold their Catholic beliefs. Their commitment to Catholicism, though not always in the public eye, demonstrates that faith can flourish in unexpected places.

1. Katie Holmes

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Actress Katie Holmes, known for her roles in “Dawson’s Creek” and “Batman Begins,” was raised in a devout Catholic household. Although she has kept her faith relatively private, she has occasionally been seen attending Mass, often with her daughter Suri.

2. Nicole Kidman

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The Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman was raised Catholic and still identifies with the faith. Despite her personal ups and downs, her Catholic upbringing has remained a significant part of her life.

3. Gwen Stefani

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Gwen Stefani, the lead singer of No Doubt and a successful solo artist, was raised Catholic and remains connected to her faith. Her upbringing has influenced her music and personal values. Her husband, Blake Shelton, even converted to Catholicism when they married.

4. Robert De Niro

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Acclaimed actor Robert De Niro, famous for his roles in “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather Part II,” was not raised in a Catholic household as his parents were not catholic.

However, when he stayed with his catholic grandparents during his parents’ divorce, they had him baptized secretly. While he may not talk about his faith often, it remains an integral part of his identity.

5. Stephen Colbert

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The witty late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert is known for his Catholic faith, which he incorporates into his comedy and conversations. He often discusses Catholicism on his show and has a deep appreciation for the Church’s teachings.

6. Martin Sheen

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Martin Sheen, famous for his roles in “Apocalypse Now” and “The West Wing,” is not only a talented actor but also a devout Catholic. He has been an outspoken advocate for social justice causes and is known for his commitment to his faith.

7. Patricia Heaton

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Best known for her roles in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle,” Patricia Heaton is a devout Catholic who often shares her faith on social media. She is an advocate for pro-life causes and has been involved in various Catholic charitable organizations.

8. Jim Gaffigan

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Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan is known for his clean and family-friendly humor. He’s also known for being a devout Catholic and often incorporates his faith into his comedy routines.

9. Joe Biden

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Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, is a devout Catholic who often speaks about the profound influence of his faith on his life and political career. He attends Mass regularly and even carries a rosary in his pocket, symbolizing his Catholic devotion.

10. Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga, the multi-talented singer and actress, was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta into a Catholic family. Her Catholic upbringing has played a significant role in her life and career. She has often spoken about the impact of her faith on her music, even incorporating religious symbolism into her performances.

11. Jimmy Kimmel

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You might be surprised to learn that Jimmy Kimmel is a dedicated Catholic. He grew up in New York and even served as an altar boy in his youth. As a grown-up, he continues to hold his faith close to his heart, attending church regularly

“It doesn’t fit your stereotype, but I happen to be a Christian too. I made my first holy communion, I was confirmed, I pray, I support my church, one of my closest friends is a priest, I baptize my children” – Jimmy Kimmel

12. Harry Connick Jr.

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This well-known jazz pianist who became an actor has sold over 25 million records. He was born in New Orleans to a Jewish mother whose family owned a record store. He started playing the piano when he was just three years old and was performing in public by age five.

Although he doesn’t frequently discuss it, Connick is currently a practicing Roman Catholic. He attributes his understanding of Christian actions to his mother and believes that his parents’ faith has had a more significant influence on his values than the formal teachings of the church, even though he holds those teachings in high regard.

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The morals and values of celebrities in Hollywood often stand in stark contrast to the Christian faith. Where the Bible says not to be arrogant or put your hope in wealth (1 Tim 6:17), many in Hollywood flaunt their expensive mansions, cars, and wardrobes.

Or when the Bible says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself (Philippians 2:3),” it’s obvious to see how the cut-throat world of Hollywood makes this verse difficult to live out.

Thankfully, there are several celebrities who are successful actors AND followers of Christ. In fact, these men and women use their fame as a way to honor God and give back to others – exactly what the Christian faith is all about.

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15 Common Catholic Church “Facts” Protestants Constantly Get Wrong

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Think you know the Catholic Church? Think again.

Despite being the largest Christian denomination in the United States (and the world), much of what people believe about Catholics and the Catholic church simply isn’t true.

Are you guilty of believing any of these 15 Catholic Church myths?

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10 Remarkable Catholic Saints Who Changed the Course of History

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Whether or not you agree with Catholic teaching, it’s hard to deny: Catholic saints have played a pivotal role in shaping the course of history, leaving a lasting impact on both the Church and the world at large.

These remarkable individuals, through their unwavering faith, selfless acts of charity, and profound teachings, have left an indelible mark on society. Here are 10 remarkable Catholic saints who changed the course of history.

It’s Important to Note: Catholics Don’t Worship Saints

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There’s a common misconception that Catholics worship Saints. Thankfully, this simply isn’t true. 

(While some individual Catholic Christians may worship Saints, this practice goes against the official teachings of the Catholic Church.)

There’s a big difference between having a picture or statue of a saint in your home or church and actually worshipping that person.

This article does a great job explaining what Catholics really believe and why:

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Yes, Christians Should Judge. Here’s Why.

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Tired of judgemental Christians? Me too.

But, unfortunately, simply scolding someone online isn’t enough to make all the judgmental haters quit with their biting comments.

Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, the Bible actually says Christians should judge.

Here’s what the Bible says on the matter, why Christians should judge others (at times), and why you probably should too.

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Brittany Ann is an ECPA bestselling author of “Fall in Love with God’s Word” and “Follow God’s Will” and the founder of EquippingGodlyWomen.com, a popular Christian-living website dedicated to helping busy Christian moms find practical ways to go "all in" in faith and family. Her work has been featured on CBN, The Christian Post, Crosswalk, and more.

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