The making of a Papal Ninja Warrior

Courtesy of Sean Bryan/Papal Ninja

What is a papal ninja and how do you become one? This week, we went straight to the source to find out. Sean Bryan competes on the hit NBC show “American Ninja Warrior,” where he takes on insanely difficult obstacle courses—for the greater glory of God.

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And that’s just his side gig. Sean also helps lead the Lay Mission Project, which forms lay people to live out their faith and transform whatever corner of the secular world they work in. We ask Sean how to pray while doing pull-ups and which church leaders would make good ninjas.

And in Signs of the Times: It snowed. Again. The 4th Nor’easter to hit New York this March kept us out of the studio on Wednesday so just a couple of headlines delivered by yours truly: a Catholic school in Australia is in trouble for letting girls wear shorts; Pope Francis gives his imprimatur to tattoos; and World Down Syndrome Day gives us time to reflect on the human dignity of people with disabilities—in and outside the womb.

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Links from the show

Allowing shorts at a Catholic girls' school is sensible and without hidden intent
Pope Francis talks tech, sex and tattoos with young adults
‘Elimination’ of Down syndrome is a ‘great hate crime,’ says Holy See conference at the U.N.

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