About Josh Altonji

Josh is a seminarian for the Diocese of Birmingham, studying at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He co-founded The Papist with Nathan Edwards in 2011 while studying at Vanderbilt University, where he earned his Bachelor's in Computer Science and Psychology.

Posts by Josh Altonji:

Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his Wednesday general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican

Fasting for Syria?

One may well ask:  has Pope Francis lost his mind? Today, millions of Catholics the world over (myself included) are joining with Pope Francis in a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria.  Why?  Don’t you think if Syria wanted peace it would just… stop killing its own people?  Do they particularly care […]


Totus Tuus: Four Missionaries, 500 Kids, One Great Summer

Author’s note:  This article was originally published on July 19th, in the One Voice (a Catholic newspaper published by the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama). Leaning forward, I address the attentive crowd of grade-school children seated on the floor around me.  I ask them, “Who are we going to see at Mass today?”  A second-grader […]

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The Pope Francis “Manifesto”

Pope Francis gave a flippin’ sweet Q&A session for Pentecost this year, which blogger Rocco Palmo called “A Manifesto to the Church” and “in essence…his first encyclical.” I hope you will watch the whole thing, but here’s the basic rundown, paraphrased from my notes. He gets more and more fired up as he goes along! […]


In Defense of Easter

I once had a boss at work who was also a Protestant minister.  Since he was a kind and gracious man, and a leader I truly respected, I was only too pleased to wish him a happy Easter.  To my surprise, he responded by saying he wanted to know just what was so special about it! Obviously, this […]


The Gospel According to Spider-Man

Okay y’all: Spider-Man is my favorite super hero. He has terrible luck, his powers seem to get him into more trouble than they get him out of, he’s a big nerd, and he rather seldom “gets the girl.” In spite of all this, he chooses to get up every day and try to save the […]

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