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 […]

The Statue of Father Junipero Serra at the U.S. Capitol

Good thing the California legislature didn’t get rid of this Junipero Serra statue

Pope Francis made a quick visit to the statue of St. Junipero Serra in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection after he addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday. He stopped for a moment of brief reflection. #PopeInDC stops to pray in front of statue of Saint #juniperoserra inside US Capitol #PopeFrancis pic.twitter.com/Zez7RwJTiK […]

President Obama welcomes Pope Francis to the White House. Credit Catholic News Agency

Read Pope Francis’ Speech at the White House

President Barack Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the United States on Wednesday morning in front of 20,000 people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House. The Sept. 22-28 apostolic journey to the U.S. marks Pope Francis’ first on America soil, and includes stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. After words […]

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 […]

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Poll: Which papal speech are you looking forward to more?

Pope Francis travels to the United States this week with plans to visit Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. The visit from Sept. 22-27 will be filled with many speeches, but two stand out among the rest. On Thursday morning, the Holy Father is scheduled to give an historic speech before a joint session […]


Pope greets pilgrims in English!

In a new video, Pope Francis shows how hard he’s trying to address English-speakers in their native tongue for his upcoming visit to the U.S. “I look forward to greeting the pilgrims and the people of Philadelphia when I come for the World Meeting of Families,” he said in heavily-accented English. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia […]

Mother Teresa circa 1994. Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano.

Would you like to see Bl. Mother Teresa declared a Saint during the Holy Year of Mercy?

This week, we discovered that the Vatican is studying the case of a Brazilian man inexplicably cured of brain abscesses that might be attributed to the intercession of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. If the miracle is found to be valid, it could lead to the canonization, or declaration of Sainthood, of Mother Teresa. During […]


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 […]


About that poll on Catholics and the traditional family…

If you’ve read the news in the last few days, you may have heard about a recent Pew poll finding that most Catholics are fine with non-traditional families, along with homosexual behavior and other actions the Church teaches to be sinful. What’s missing in most of these media reports is nuance. Going into the details […]

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