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How many of the 45 Vatican-approved ‘important films’ have you seen?

Ever felt like there is nothing worthwhile to watch? You might want to check out the Vatican’s list of ‘Some Important Films’. In 1995, Pope John Paul II addressed the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications, on an important occasion: the 100th anniversary of cinematography. “Since the first public audience in Paris viewed […]

The closest thing to the patron saint of Shark Week

I don’t know about your place of employment, but Shark Week celebration is in full swing here at CNA. Naturally, I have been in search of the Patron Saint of Sharks, because Catholics have patron saints for everything, right? Turns out, we have no patron saint of sharks (yet – though I’m pretty sure some […]

The sign at Pope Francis’ door: ‘No Whining’

Pope Francis doesn’t like whiners. In case this was unclear from his straightforward homilies imploring Christians not to be grumpy, the sign on his apartment door confirms it. The “No complaining” sign at Pope Francis’ door  https://t.co/Bsyd2nJA5L — La Stampa (@LaStampa) July 14, 2017 Literally, it translates: “It is forbidden to complain,” according to Italian source La […]

Things Mother Teresa Didn’t Say: There’s a website for that

As far as vastly-misquoted leading historical figures go, Mother Teresa ranks right up there with the likes of Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. The internet is ripe with sickly-sweet memes and quotes supposedly from the beloved saint. As it turns out, many of them are actually the words of other people, while others are an attempt […]

Watch: Trailer for new documentary on first U.S. martyr

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has released the trailer for a new documentary on Father Stanley Rother, the first U.S.-born martyr and priest to hold that title, who will be beatified this September. From the unassuming town of Okarche, Oklahoma, Fr. Stanley became a missionary priest in Guatemala during a violent period of civil war. His name […]

TIME asks: What’s it like to be a millennial priest?

The religious statistic usually cited in relationship to the millennial generation is the number of “nones” – increasingly, young people are less likely to identify themselves as belonging to any religion or faith. But there’s another statistic that may be surprising – the number of millennials joining the Catholic seminary and priesthood is on the […]

Video: ISIS destroys Catholic Church in Philippines

Days after the Islamic State reportedly kidnapped 15 people from a church (including a priest and nuns) in Marawi, Philippines, the terrorist group released a video showing showing the destruction of a Catholic Church. The terrorists can be seen smashing statues, tearing a picture of Pope Francis and finally setting the church on fire. The […]

Watch: Irish nun trends on Twitter for showing off soccer skills

A Dominican nun and an Irish cop are trending on Twitter after ITV News posted video of the two kicking a soccer ball around on the streets of Limerick: An Irish nun has shown off her football skills in a ‘keep uppy’ contest with a policeman – but who do you think won? pic.twitter.com/ac88pcnylk — ITV […]

Disturbing robo-pastor beaming blessings in Germany

When John Paul II wrote, “Do not be afraid of new technologies!” in a 2005 Apostolic Letter, it is, um, unlikely that he envisioned robo-pastor BlessU-2. The brainchild of an evangelical church, BlessU-2 is a robotic pastor that issues automated blessings in Wittenburg, Germany, the same town where Martin Luther kicked off the Reformation 500 […]

VIDEO: At Franciscan, if you can’t go to commencement, commencement goes to you

Richard Perry was scheduled to graduate with his MA in Theology on Saturday, May 13, at Franciscan University when an infection in his leg landed him in the hospital on May 12. Requiring surgery, Perry would not be able to leave in order to make it to his commencement ceremony with his fellow classmates. But […]

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