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Poll: Will you take REI’s advice to #OptOutside on Black Friday?

We were intrigued by REI’s announcement last week that they will “close its doors on Black Friday (November 27) at all 143 of its retail locations, headquarters and two distribution centers.” They will still pay their employees for the day, but they are encouraging all of them to spend the day outdoors as part of […]

This beard takes the crown.

Poll: Beards, Bikers or Babies?

  Looking back on the last three weeks, we can’t help but appreciate some of the more interesting experiences in our coverage of the Synod on the Family. As the synod draws to a close at the Vatican, we thought we’d ask you what you enjoyed most in our latest poll! Perhaps it was the […]

Opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the 2014 Extraoridinary Synod on the Family on Oct. 5, 2014_Credit Bohumil Petrik-CNA_CNA_10-6-14

These new sites are helping cover the Synod on the Family

As bishops from around the world gather in Rome for the 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops, several websites are launching special pages to offer in-depth coverage of the event. The synod, which is being held Oct. 4-25, is an international gathering of bishops that will discuss “The vocation and mission of the family in the […]

Poll: Which U.S. papal speech was your favorite?

Pope Francis has returned to Rome after his papal visit to Cuba and the United States. The Sept. 22-27 visit included stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. He gave many great speeches and homilies during his visit, but three of the biggest occurred in each city: Washington, D.C. In his lengthy speech […]

President Obama welcomes Pope Francis to the White House. Credit Catholic News Agency

Read Pope Francis’ Speech at the White House

President Barack Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the United States on Wednesday morning in front of 20,000 people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House. The Sept. 22-28 apostolic journey to the U.S. marks Pope Francis’ first on America soil, and includes stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. After words […]

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Poll: Which papal speech are you looking forward to more?

Pope Francis travels to the United States this week with plans to visit Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. The visit from Sept. 22-27 will be filled with many speeches, but two stand out among the rest. On Thursday morning, the Holy Father is scheduled to give an historic speech before a joint session […]

Mother Teresa circa 1994. Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano.

Would you like to see Bl. Mother Teresa declared a Saint during the Holy Year of Mercy?

This week, we discovered that the Vatican is studying the case of a Brazilian man inexplicably cured of brain abscesses that might be attributed to the intercession of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. If the miracle is found to be valid, it could lead to the canonization, or declaration of Sainthood, of Mother Teresa. During […]


About that poll on Catholics and the traditional family…

If you’ve read the news in the last few days, you may have heard about a recent Pew poll finding that most Catholics are fine with non-traditional families, along with homosexual behavior and other actions the Church teaches to be sinful. What’s missing in most of these media reports is nuance. Going into the details […]

Pope Francis. Photo credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis goes to Central Park

Pope Francis will drive through Central Park when he visits New York later this month! But New Yorkers eager to catch a glimpse of the pontiff will need to win a ticket for a chance to attend the Sept. 25 procession. From the New York Times:   “The procession through Central Park will give thousands […]

POLL: Should Pope Francis be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

Every October, the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are announced. This year, there are some interesting contenders for the prize, including our very own Pope Francis! Do you think he should win? Vote here: Pope Francis is one of the nominees for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, and the award will be announced in […]

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