Mary Rezac


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 […]

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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How the New York Times fell in love with nuns

It’s not something you’d expect to see taking up the entire page above the fold of the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times: a group of four cloistered Catholic nuns, running and smiling in their backyard while playing with their dog. The headline is simple – The Nun’s Life – the photos and […]

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Going to the World Meeting of Families this fall? We want to hear from you!

Are you going to the World Meeting of Families and the papal events in Philadelphia at the end of September? We want to hear your story! “The difference between man and woman is not meant to stand in opposition, or to subordinate, but is for the sake of communion and generation, always in the image […]

Lead Brewer Brian Hink adding an unholy amount of hops to the kettle. (Credit: Chank. Photography)

#YouOnlyPopeOnce: Holy Father’s U.S. visit inspires new craft brew

The New Jersey – based Cape May Brewery is planning to roll out a new brew just in time for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States at the end of September. Ryan Krill, president and co-founder of the craft brewery, told CNA he was raised Catholic and wanted to create a beer commemorating the […]

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