This week in Catholic news: Oscars, Religious freedom, and beards

1. “Spotlight” won an Oscar Sunday night, but many Catholics have yet to see it. But there’s no need to shy away from it, according to a Vatican newspaper, which called the film brave and not anti-Catholic. Still have questions? Here’s our review from when the movie first hit the big screen. 2. Religious freedom wins in […]

A little story about Pope Francis as an altar boy

In the Pope’s new book of letters to and from children, he tells a nine-year-old boy about his time as an altar boy. One of the letters in the book was from Alessio, an Italian boy. “Dear Pope Francis, Were you ever near the priest as an altar boy?” Alessio asked. “Dear Alessio, yes, I […]

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” […]

The newest Medal of Honor recipient has a devotion to St. Michael

On Monday, Navy Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony. The 36-year-old SEAL received the U.S. Military’s highest honor for his role in the successful December 2012 rescue of an American civilian who had been taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. He also gave […]

Pray with your beard this Lent

If rubbing your beard in balm smelling of sacraments still isn’t enough for your Catholic follicular fix, the guys over at Catholic Beard Balm have something else in store – a way to pray with your beard. In a recent interview with CNA, Catholic Balm Co. founders Michael Marchand and Tony Vasinda shared the story of the […]

This week in Catholic news (2/26)

1. The Pope’s back from Mexico, and perhaps his travels wore him out a bit because he had a slight fever on Thursday that caused him to cancel his appointments that day. But while the Vatican asked for prayers, they said it was only a slight fever and that the Pope was expected to “recover […]

Evelyn Waugh: The cantankerous, Catholic, very much male author trending on Twitter

When a recent TIME magazine listed Evelyn Waugh in a list of 100 most-read female authors, perhaps they were mistaking him for his first wife, also named Evelyn Waugh. The couple was jokingly known among friends as He-Evelyn and She-Evelyn. Except, She-Evelyn wasn’t an author, and she didn’t write “Brideshead Revisited”…whoops. (The article has since been […]

Terry Crews gets real about his porn addiction

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor and former NFL player Terry Crews is opening up about his addiction to pornography through a series of Facebook videos, explaining how it “really, really messed up” his life and threatened his marriage. For years, Crews said, he tried to hide his addiction from his family. “It was my secret, nobody knew, and […]

#PopeinMexico in review: Vine edition!

Let’s be real, nothing else happened in the world of Catholic news this week other than the Pope’s trip to Mexico. In lieu of my weekly Catholic news roundup, let’s take a look at the best Vines of some of the most memorable moments we got of the Pope’s trip (yes, CNA has a Vine account […]

Stop freaking out over these two sentences from Pope Francis

You may have heard that Pope Francis gave an in-flight interview this morning, covering everything from shotgun weddings to how much he would love to go China to the questionable Christianity of a certain Donald J. Trump. But everyone’s freaking out about two sentences, claiming that the Pope has upended longstanding Church teaching on contraception during his […]

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