Carly Fiorina speaking at a coffee reception and fundraising event in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Carly Fiorina and redefining feminism

Over the past few months, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has used some of her time in the spotlight to open up a new conversation about what she has called “progressive” feminism, and whether or not the word needs a redefinition. (I should probably add that this is not a political endorsement – while I […]

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Poll: Will you take REI’s advice to #OptOutside on Black Friday?

We were intrigued by REI’s announcement last week that they will “close its doors on Black Friday (November 27) at all 143 of its retail locations, headquarters and two distribution centers.” They will still pay their employees for the day, but they are encouraging all of them to spend the day outdoors as part of […]

This beard takes the crown.

Poll: Beards, Bikers or Babies?

  Looking back on the last three weeks, we can’t help but appreciate some of the more interesting experiences in our coverage of the Synod on the Family. As the synod draws to a close at the Vatican, we thought we’d ask you what you enjoyed most in our latest poll! Perhaps it was the […]

"Oh, you know two of the most influential Church documents in the past century? Yeah...we'd like to...re-asses them." German Cardinal Marx. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA **By now I'm assuming you know I'm not using actual quotes.

The final word from the German bishops

Ok everyone, last German bishops blog for the duration of #Synod15! (At least, I think. I hope?) As they near the end of an eventful three weeks, the 13 small groups of the Synod on the Family, divided by language, have released their last reports before the conclusion of the meeting on Sunday. For those of you […]

Inside the Synod Hall 20 during the meeting of bishops and cardinals on Oct. 14, 2015_Credit Daniel Ibanez_CNA 10-14-15

What is the Synod on the Family? A five-minute video guide

If you’ve been part of the Catholic world for the last week or two, you may have heard about the Synod that’s currently taking place in Rome. What exactly is a synod? Essentially, it’s a gathering of bishops from around the world to discuss important issues. In this case, the bishops are discussing topics related […]

"Oh, you know two of the most influential Church documents in the past century? Yeah...we'd like to...re-asses them." German Cardinal Marx. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA **By now I'm assuming you know I'm not using actual quotes.

Why deciphering German cardinal-speak is a 24/7 job

In the middle of week two of the Ordinary Synod on the Family, the German language group has released their, um, interpretation of the discussions so far. And I have a few questions for them. If I could sum them all up, though, it would be: Huh? The whole document reads as a pre-packaged lecture […]

This beard takes the crown.

Best Beard: Week 1 of #Synod15

Let’s be real, the Eastern Catholics clean house when it comes to best beards in the Catholic Church (what gives, Westerners?). After careful prayer, discernment and analysis, and based on fullness and overall ruggedness (actual word), our team has determined that Archbishop Péter Fülöp of the Archeparchy of Hajdúdorog, the head of the Hungarian Greek Catholic […]

The opening assembly of the Synod bishops 1 and Pope Francis in Vatican City on Oct. 5, 2015. Credit: (C) L'Osservatore Romano.

Synod speeches can now be made public – here’s what you need to know

Yesterday, the director of the Holy See press office announced that bishops can make their interventions at the Synod on the Family public. Wait…what’s the Synod on the Family again? It’s a gathering of bishops from all over the world, coming together at the Vatican to discuss a variety of issues that relate to the […]

Synod baby

This baby is the (unofficial) #Synod15 Mascot

The Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family just launched in Rome on Sunday, and already a (very fitting) mascot has emerged for the meeting: a baby. If you’ve been following the Synod on Twitter, you may have seen pictures of this little guy: Did you know there’s a baby in the synod hall this […]

Opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the 2014 Extraoridinary Synod on the Family on Oct. 5, 2014_Credit Bohumil Petrik-CNA_CNA_10-6-14

These new sites are helping cover the Synod on the Family

As bishops from around the world gather in Rome for the 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops, several websites are launching special pages to offer in-depth coverage of the event. The synod, which is being held Oct. 4-25, is an international gathering of bishops that will discuss “The vocation and mission of the family in the […]

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