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6 Fascinating Videos from the Papacy and Death of St. John Paul II

By: Churchpop.com April 8 is the 10th anniversary of the funeral of Pope St. John Paul II. Here are some videos from important moments in his papacy, from his election to his death and funeral.   Papal Election: October 16th, 1978   Assassination Attempt: May 13th, 1981   Last Public Appearance: March 31st, 2005   Announcement […]

Legoland Sacre Coeur. Credit: Tim Bradshaw / Flickr

12 Amazing Christian Sculptures Made Entirely Out of LEGOs

By: Churchpop.com Making every lego brick subject to Christ. via likecool.com Sacré-Cœur Basilica Jesus via likecool.com Created by a Swedish church, the statue is 6 ft tall, is made up of 30k bricks, and took 40 volunteers about 18 months to put together. St. Paul Cathedral (London, UK) via ohlssons.be Some of the detail: Scorpions […]

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18 Amazing Things Woven Out of Palm Sunday Palms

By: Churchpop.com Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day Christians remember Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem the week before his passion, death, and resurrection. Palm Sunday, of course, means getting palms at church. And getting palms at church means weaving cool things! Here are 18 examples of some really cool things people have made. Maybe they can […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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