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Truly Penitential Friday Meals from the Past: The Challenge

We’re about halfway through Lent now, and for many, it’s that time of the season where remembering to do the Lenten fasts–and do so with joy and energy rather than being all dour-faced– gets really rough. The other day, after a discussion in the DC office over breakfast, a couple of things were just running [...]

Screenshot from a report in Alnkawa Mall, Erbil Iraq CNA

The little girl who forgave ISIS

If you haven’t seen this powerful video of hope and forgiveness, you should. SAT-7, a Christian TV channel that broadcasts in the Middle East and Africa, interviewed a young girl named Myriam, who fled from Qaraqosh, which up until last year was the largest Christian city in Iraq. Militants from the Islamic State overtook the [...]

(L-R) Sergio Bermudez, now in Heaven, and his big brother Alejandro, still on earth.

Boys will always be boys, even in heaven

I remember vividly how happy I was when my little brother Sergio was born. I was seven, and until Sergio came along, I was the only boy and the middle child out of five. My two younger and two older sisters would play in pairs, while I had to play with mom. Not that it [...]

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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 [...]

Courtesy of Holy Name Parish.

The saints who walk among us

When I spoke with Father Daniel Cardo for my recent article Why a former altar girl changed her mind on boy-only altar servers, he shared something with me that was very moving. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fit it into the article so I’d like to share it here. Fr. Cardo is the pastor of [...]

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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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April 25, 2015

Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist

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