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I spent my wildest spring break with a bunch of nuns

Six years ago last week, I spent my spring break with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Gallup, New Mexico. Now when you think of a college student on spring break, you probably picture booze, beaches and bad decisions. But this week of my life was even crazier than that. I was part of a […]

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Poll: Have you watched the Oscars’ Best Picture winner, Spotlight?

At the 88th Academy Awards, the film “Spotlight” received this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. The movie deals with The Boston Globe’s investigative “Spotlight” team exposing the clergy sexual abuse scandal and cover up happening within the Catholic Church. When the film first came out, CNA’s movie reviewer said it “handles the extremely difficult topic” […]

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Chris Farley the Catholic

We all remember Chris Farley the comedian, but how many of us remember Chris Farley the Catholic? Close friends and family of the late “Saturday Night Live” star, it turns out. In an interview with Melissa Silverberg of Daily Herald, one of Farley’s close college friends, Fr. Matt Foley, recalled intimate details about the comedian’s […]

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Remembering the young Catholics who were killed by James Holmes

Three years after one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, a jury has found 27-year-old shooter James Holmes guilty on 165 counts, including two counts of first-degree murder for each of the twelve victims of the massacre. Holmes opened fire July 20, 2012 during the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” at […]

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Not my last game: The beautiful, heartbreaking story of a young basketball player

Lauren Hill, a freshman at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, got to fulfill her dream Nov. 2 when she played her first college basketball game. Although she signed on to the team last year, there was a chance she would not have been able to play after she was diagnosed with an inoperable […]

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Don’t miss ‘Messenger of the Truth’ airing on PBS

  This week, on June 1-2,  local PBS stations in many U.S. cities will be airing the documentary of Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, the chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland who strove for freedom from the Communist regime through non-violence in the early 1980’s. The trailer for “Messenger of the Truth” shows Bl. Fr. […]

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Editorial: Papal canonizations, a special time for CNA

The canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II are a very special time for the ACI Group because both of these saints impacted our founding and mission. We began just over 34 years ago and have sought to respond to John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization, which was deeply shaped by John […]

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Pope Francis and the Peripheries of the World

In case you missed it: Catholic News Agency’s Vatican Observer, Andrea Gagliarducci, gave a brief interview to the Wall Street Journal after the Pope’s announcement of new cardinals at the end of his Sunday Angelus on January 12, 2014. Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the […]

Beauty in the heart of Steubenville

A city that’s lost its luster is receiving some TLC from it’s local university students. A group of students from Franciscan University of Steubenville have set out to revitalize their downtown by turning a vacant music hall into a concert venue. The idea is to draw people to the ailing downtown by hosting concerts and […]

Do you stand with Thomas Peters?

Last summer, young Catholic blogger Thomas Peters suffered a horrible swimming accident that left him clinging onto his life. The author of the award winning blog, “The American Papist“, contributor to Catholic Vote and former Communications Director National Organization for Marriage, suffered a fractured vertebra at the base of his neck and damaged lungs which left him nearly […]

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