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 […]

Check out Pope Francis' New Year's homily on CNA!

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 […]

Truly Penitential Friday Meals from the Past: The Challenge

We’re about halfway through Lent now, and for many, it’s that time of the season where remembering to do the Lenten fasts–and do so with joy and energy rather than being all dour-faced– gets really rough. The other day, after a discussion in the DC office over breakfast, a couple of things were just running […]


Interested in a free Masters degree in Theology?

Do you want to continue your education? Maybe you’re prayerfully considering a new path in life? Perhaps you feel called to roll up your sleeves and take part in the New Evangelization… What if you could do it with a full scholarship? The Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado has announced that they are accepting applications for […]

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