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Five things I learned about Lent from the real Maria von Trapp

I don’t know about you, but I can always use a good kick in the pants to finish strong in the last two weeks of Lent. And this year, it came from the most unlikely of places – from the real Maria von Trapp, yes, THE Maria von Trapp whose story was made famous by [...]

A film about a Polish Catholic nun won an Oscar. Why haven't you seen it?

Why are we so afraid to talk about Ida?

I often hear Catholics (myself included) complaining about the lack of the true, the good, and the beautiful in modern society – particularly when it comes to entertainment media. So when a film about a Polish Catholic nun (Ida) won an Oscar for best foreign film a few weeks ago, I was excited to see [...]

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All your questions about Carmelites and bunny slippers, answered.

Here at CNA, we like to delve into the really deep questions. Why was it necessary for God to become man? What do Catholics really teach about Mary? And, can discalced Carmelites wear bunny slippers? I’m not sure how it started, but that last question had us debating back and forth for hours in the [...]

Carl's Boston Market wild-caught Pacific cod meal, with mashed potatoes and gravy and the lemon spinach sides.

A CNA discussion on fast food choices during Lent

It’s a day of abstinence during Lent, but you’re on the road and need something quick and meatless. What do you choose? We’ve compiled some of the CNA staff’s top meatless picks from some common fast food joints to let you know what tasty options are out there! McDonald’s and the fish fillet:  Mary: McDonald’s [...]

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5 Ideas for what to do with the dress after the big day

**Author’s note: This post was written by the recently married Addie Mena, a staff writer for CNA who lives with her husband Jose in Washington, D.C.  The average bride spends over $1,000 on a wedding dress, and only wears it once. While many brides would like for their future children or grandchildren, there’s no guarantee [...]

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Snow Altars and Ice Churches, Bless the Lord

Parents of fans of the movie Frozen, you might not want to show this post to your children, unless you want them to beg the priest to say Mass in the snow on Sunday. The Snow Altars of Wyoming At the beginning of the second semester, freshmen at Wyoming Catholic College are required go on [...]

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Amen Bible Rap

Ok so I’m a sucker for older British men rapping about the bible in low-production-value Youtube videos….who isn’t? This rap doesn’t include the Catholic books of the bible, but is smashing good fun nonetheless.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Photo: FBI mugshot.

The Boston Marathon bombing jury – could all Catholics be excluded?

The search for a jury for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reached its fourth week, and Boston-area Catholics are learning they could be excluded from serving on the jury if they support Church teaching regarding the death penalty. According to a report from USA Today, potential jurors must be willing to send someone to [...]

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Wine made just for the Pope: Cabernet FRANCis

The Catholic, Californian, and family-owned winery Trinitas (Latin for Trinity) began making papal themed wines with Pope Benedict XVI. According to a story by Religion News Service, Trinitas co-owner Tim Busch is a also a trustee of the charitable organization The Papal Foundation, and wanted to have a wine to present to Pope Benedict XVI during [...]

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Pope Francis, Rabbits, and What Catholics Really Believe

You’ve probably heard the news about Pope Francis’ off the cuff remarks regarding rabbits and family planning. Take a look at what CNA’s managing editor, Michelle Bauman, had to say about the Pope’s remarks in an interview with HuffingtonPost Live today: Here’s the full text of the Pope’s in-flight interview with journalists: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-popes-in-flight-interview-from-manila-to-rome-84716/ Here’s Catholic [...]

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