Mary Rezac


Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience, May 21, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

If you haven’t seen #PopeBars I feel bad for you son

But go check it out on Twitter and you’re forgiven. The top trending topic in the United States today is #PopeBars, and it’s got people channeling their inner Pope Francis (if the Holy Father were a gangsta rapper) to the beat of 140 characters. It all started with a photo by Gianluigi Guercia for Agence France-Presse, taken during the […]

Bonus of not being a consumer: Avoiding the mall at Christmastime.

Don’t forget your humanity this Black Friday

Whenever I hear about the madness of Black Friday, the first thing I think of is the Furby frenzy of 1998, when those (basically) demonic, robotic, fur-covered talking monstrosities were flying off the shelves and spurring stampedes nationwide. Ever since, it seems like each Black Friday has come with its own new tackle-everyone-ahead-of-me-at-Wal-Mart-worthy craze, whether its a flat-screen TV […]

Because you haven't seen enough of these in the past five days.

Nobody cares about the Starbucks cups. They do care about money.

It’s an old journalism tip (or really, just a good life tip). You want to get to the bottom of some goings-on? Follow the money. Why? Because money talks. And sometimes she says some pretty obnoxious things. So let’s do that with this utterly banal Starbucks red cup supposed “controversy”. I thought something seemed suspicious on […]

Carly Fiorina speaking at a coffee reception and fundraising event in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Carly Fiorina and redefining feminism

Over the past few months, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has used some of her time in the spotlight to open up a new conversation about what she has called “progressive” feminism, and whether or not the word needs a redefinition. (I should probably add that this is not a political endorsement – while I […]

"Oh, you know two of the most influential Church documents in the past century? Yeah...we'd like them." German Cardinal Marx. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA **By now I'm assuming you know I'm not using actual quotes.

The final word from the German bishops

Ok everyone, last German bishops blog for the duration of #Synod15! (At least, I think. I hope?) As they near the end of an eventful three weeks, the 13 small groups of the Synod on the Family, divided by language, have released their last reports before the conclusion of the meeting on Sunday. For those of you […]

"Oh, you know two of the most influential Church documents in the past century? Yeah...we'd like them." German Cardinal Marx. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA **By now I'm assuming you know I'm not using actual quotes.

Why deciphering German cardinal-speak is a 24/7 job

In the middle of week two of the Ordinary Synod on the Family, the German language group has released their, um, interpretation of the discussions so far. And I have a few questions for them. If I could sum them all up, though, it would be: Huh? The whole document reads as a pre-packaged lecture […]

This beard takes the crown.

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 Archbishop Péter Fülöp of the Archeparchy of Hajdúdorog, the head of the Hungarian Greek Catholic […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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