The Night of the Churches

Beauty will save the world. So says the oft-quoted Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. His claim is that of the three transcendentals – truth, goodness, and beauty – the thing in the end that will save man’s soul is beauty. And it’s easy to see why. In our current culture, truth has become relative and goodness […]

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The five biggest misconceptions about the Planned Parenthood Video – cleared up

In case you’ve missed it, a video released Tuesday shows a top Planned Parenthood official Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing the trade of human organs from aborted babies. Go ahead: read and watch, we’ll still be here. Back? Ok, good. Unfortunately, with a 24-hour news cycle, spin doctors, and several responses from Planned Parenthood themselves, and […]

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Muppets and Cardinals and Opposites

We are t-minus three(ish) months away from the long-anticipated Synod on the Family in Rome, and bishops and cardinals around the world are finishing up final preparations by holding conferences and writing messages about their hopes for the Synod. On the one hand, we have the German Bishop’s Conference, which recently released a message following […]

Pope Francis 4 on the papal flight from Rome, Italy to Quito, Ecuador on July 5, 2015_Credit Alan Holdren_EWTN 7-5-15

The best thing to come out of a papal trip, ever.


"White shark (Carcharodon carcharias) scavenging on whale carcass - journal.pone.0060797.g004-A" by Fallows C, Gallagher AJ, Hammerschlag N (2013) - Fallows C, Gallagher AJ, Hammerschlag N (2013) White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) Scavenging on Whales and Its Potential Role in Further Shaping the Ecology of an Apex Predator. PLoS ONE 8(4): e60797. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060797. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons -

The closest thing to the patron saint of Shark Week

I don’t know about your place of employment, but Shark Week celebration is in full swing here at CNA (in between coverage of the Pope in South America). Naturally, I have been in search of the Patron Saint of Sharks, because Catholics have patron saints for everything, right? Turns out, we have no patron saint […]

The flag of Ecuador with Pope Francis in the background upon his arrival in the country on July 5, 2015_Credit _ L'Osservatore Romano_CNA 7-5-15

Five challenges the Pope will face in Latin America

Pope Francis is visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay July 5-13. Here are five challenge the Pope will address on his trip, according to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. 1. His longest trip This is the Pope’s ninth international trip since his election, and his longest so far. It is a 13-hour trip to […]

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What’s the Pope doing now?

“What is the Pope doing now?” That’s a question often thought, asked aloud, pondered as we go about our business of covering Vatican news. Covering the papal trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay this week, we’ll ask that question dozens of times with varying inflections and emotions. Today, day one of eight we’ll be spending […]

Outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. during the courts ruling in favor of legalizing the redefinition of marriage in the United States on June 26, 2015. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA

4 ways gay marriage affects Christians

An argument I often see in support of gay marriage is: If gay people want to get married, let them. It’s not affecting you, even if you think it’s wrong. How I wish it were so simple. We as Christians have already seen the practical effects of the legalization of gay marriage on the state […]

Screenshot: Brother David Johnson speaks to CNA about life as a Christian in Syria.

This Carmelite Brother escaped Muslim soldiers by singing about Jesus

As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara. He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in […]

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10 things you may have missed in ‘Laudato Si’

You’ve heard about the Pope’s new encyclical, and you’ve probably heard that it talks about climate change. That’s true, and it’s a significant point, but there are lots of other points that it brings up as well. Don’t miss out on these other key ideas in “Laudato Si”: 1) St. Francis is a star player […]

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