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Best Beard: Week 1 of #Synod15

Let’s be real, the Eastern Catholics clean house when it comes to best beards in the Catholic Church (what gives, Westerners?). After careful prayer, discernment and analysis, and based on fullness and overall ruggedness (actual word), our team has determined that this unidentified Eastern Bishop wins the Best Beard of Phase One of the Ordinary […]

The opening assembly of the Synod bishops 1 and Pope Francis in Vatican City on Oct. 5, 2015. Credit: (C) L'Osservatore Romano.

Synod speeches can now be made public – here’s what you need to know

Yesterday, the director of the Holy See press office announced that bishops can make their interventions at the Synod on the Family public. Wait…what’s the Synod on the Family again? It’s a gathering of bishops from all over the world, coming together at the Vatican to discuss a variety of issues that relate to the […]

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This baby is the (unofficial) #Synod15 Mascot

The Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family just launched in Rome on Sunday, and already a (very fitting) mascot has emerged for the meeting: a baby. If you’ve been following the Synod on Twitter, you may have seen pictures of this little guy: Did you know there’s a baby in the synod hall this […]

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 […]

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Philadelphia to Rome on Sept. 27, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

Pro-life quotes from Pope Francis you may have missed over the weekend

  Pope Francis took some heat from critics during his address to Congress last week, where he mentioned the right to life at all stages. But instead of pleading for an end to abortion, he asked for a global abolition of the death penalty. As for the Pope’s reasons for doing this, some have speculated […]

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Highlights from the streets of #PopeinPhilly

What’s it like to spend three days on the streets of Philadelphia with upwards of a million of your closest, Pope-loving friends? Here are some of our favorite highlights from the weekend. The papally-tricked out kiddos:   Philly is so excited to welcome Pope Francis!! #PopeinPhilly A photo posted by Catholic News Agency (@catholicnewsagency) on […]


A moment with St. Maria Goretti in Philadelphia

Body of St Maria Goretti, patron of #WMOF, in St John the Evalgelist Church in Philly, wax cover. (Credit @maryrezac) — Matthew Hadro (@matthadro) September 26, 2015 Pilgrims roaming the streets of downtown Philadelphia in the days before Pope Francis’ arrival had the opportunity to venerate one of the Church’s youngest canonized saints. The […]

Kathy Mirano, a waitress at Olympic Gyro Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, proudly displays the papal Mass ticket given to her by a religious sister. Credit Mary Rezac/CNA.

Best tip ever!

  Kathy Mirano, a waitress at Olympic Gyro in the middle of the massive Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, served numerous pilgrims throughout the week who were in town for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit. But Friday was her lucky day. While she was serving, a couple of religious sisters asked […]

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014. Credit Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.jpg

Pope Francis wears the cross of martyred Iraqi priest

Last week in Rome Pope Francis began an address by recalling “our martyrs in Iraq and Syria, our martyrs of today.” He told the audience of young consecrated men and women that a few days ago in St. Peter’s square, an Iraqi priest handed him a cross that belonged to a brother priest of his that […]


Popemoji is possibly the best thing ever

As you’ve probably already noticed, we have a very facially expressive Pope. We at CNA have taken full advantage of our access to photos of a myriad of Pope Francis facial expressions, and often use them in messages to each other. For example, we have the “Don’t you dare take the last of the coffee […]

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