CNA Staff

CNA Staff

The Catholic News Agency (CNA) Staff are a team of journalists dedicated to reporting news concerning the Catholic Church around the world. Our bureaus are located in Denver, Washington, and Rome. We have sister language agencies in Kenya, Germany, Peru, Brazil, and Italy. CNA is a service of EWTN News. You can contact us at news@catholicna.com with questions.

Articles by CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: JD buys a biretta; Amazon synod; Cardinal Becciu and financial reform.

Oct 18, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editor-in-Chief JD Flynn joins from Rome for this week's episode of CNA Editor's Desk. He and DC Editor Ed Condon talk about the Amazon synod, financial reform at the Vatican and JD's new biretta. They also play a Roman edition of 'Yes/No' and a new game called 'How Long Have We Done This?' Listen here:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/698287099&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

From Rome! The Amazonian Synod, John Henry Newman, Scalfari interview, etc.

Oct 10, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editor JD Flynn is in Rome this week, and offers his analysis of the Amazonian Synod. Ed Condon joins from Washington to talk about John Henry Newman’s canonization, which is coming up this Sunday, Oct. 13. Stick around for a brand new game: “That’s Corrupt!” Listen here: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/693911656&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Money at Mass; parish registration; married priests; Patron of Whaaaat? etc.

Oct 4, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on the podcast, editors Ed Condon and JD Flynn discuss the week’s news, including parish registration, money at Mass, the working document for the Amazonian synod, married priests, celibacy, John Henry Newman, and much more. This week’s games are “How Pius Am I?” and “Patron of Whaaaaat?" Listen here: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/690730411&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Pakistani archbishop warns of surge in Christian girls kidnapped, forced into marriages

Sep 27, 2019 / 08:59 am

A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has warned of an increase in young Christian and Hindu girls being kidnapped, then forced to convert to Islam and marry their captors.

Obscure New Testament figures; Jesuit high school appeal; Amazon synod update; Chaput turns 75; etc.

Sep 27, 2019 / 00:00 am

CNA Editors Ed Condon, JD Flynn, and Carl Bunderson are your hosts for this discussion of the week’s most compelling news. On this episode of CNA Editor’s Desk, they discuss the appeal process for an Indiana high school that refused to fire a same-sex married employee; the bishops of Germany continuing to make plans to influence the Amazonian synod; and Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia turning 75 and submitting his resignation.    Stick around because the editors play “Who am I in the New Testament?” and “Yes or No.”    Listen here:   <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/687853969&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

CNA Newsroom: The Loneliest Episode (Part 2)

Sep 23, 2019 / 00:00 am

Americans aged 65 and older struggle with loneliness and isolation. On this week's episode of CNA Newsroom, we look at why they struggle with loneliness and how we can help them. We profile an intergenerational learning center in Seattle and join a woman in bringing Communion to the homebound.  Listen now:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/685781770&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

After Archbishop Chaput warning, bishops weigh in on Fr. James Martin

Sep 20, 2019 / 09:40 am

After the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution regarding the message Fr. James Martin, SJ, other bishops have weighed in on Martin’s message regarding homosexuality and Catholicism, as Martin and the archbishop have continued to exchange views on the matter.

Schism; Father James Martin; The Holy Eucharist; Obscure Bible figures, etc.

Sep 20, 2019 / 00:00 am

On this episode of the podcast, editors Ed Condon and JD Flynn are joined by Father John Paul Mary, chaplain of EWTN, who’s visiting the CNA office this week from Alabama. They discuss canon law, Archbishop Chaput’s response to Father James Martin, belief in the Real Presence, and much more. Stick around for a brand new game entitled: “Who Am I in the Bible?” Listen here: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/684097549&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Archbishop Chaput: Fr. James Martin's message causes confusion about Church doctrine

Sep 19, 2019 / 06:46 am

After Fr. James Martin, SJ, spoke at a Philadelphia university, the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution about the priest’s message, especially regarding the possibility that Catholic teaching on sexuality might change.

Study finds U.S. abortion rates at all time low

Sep 18, 2019 / 13:00 pm

The report from the Guttmacher Institute found that the total number of abortions fell by 196,000 over the past six years.

CNA Newsroom: Our 9/11 Episode

Sep 16, 2019 / 00:00 am

Retired Colonel Anita Raines was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Fr. Kevin Madigan was one city block away from the World Trade Center. The two share their stories from that day on this week's episode of CNA Newsroom.  Listen here:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/682116392&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: German bishops; investigations in Crookston and Buffalo; Pumpkin Spice Lattes; etc.

Sep 13, 2019 / 00:00 am

CNA Editors Ed Condon, Michelle La Rosa, and Carl Bunderson are your hosts for a discussion of the most important news of the week. Topics include the German bishops’ attempts to influence the upcoming Amazonian synod; the first investigation of a bishop under the new Vos Estis guidelines; controversy in the Diocese of Buffalo; an update on the Pope’s visit to Africa; and more.   Stick around for Ed’s very first taste of Pumpkin Spice Latte, as well as a game in which Ed quizzes Carl and Michelle on British phrases.     Listen here:   <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/680779187&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Madagascar

Sep 11, 2019 / 04:29 am

This is the full transcript of the Pope's Sept. 10 in-flight press conference from Antananarivo, Madagascar to Rome

The Pope in Africa; JPII institute; Canon law; etc. (feat. CLERICALLY SPEAKING)

Sep 6, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Editor's Desk, JD Flynn and Ed Condon are joined by Fr. Harrison Ayre and Fr. Anthony Sciarappa of the podcast "Clerically Speaking." They talk about Pope Francis' visit to Africa; continued controversy at the JPII Institute; and more.  Fr. Harrison and Fr. Anthony try their hand at games of "Yes and No" and "Greater or Lesser."  Listen here: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/677237280&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe> This is Part 2 of a crossover special. You can listen to Part 1 on "Clerically Speaking" here: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/677188851&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>  

CNA Editor's Desk: Our Lady of Argyle, Texas; controversy in Seattle; bishop transparency

Aug 30, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon talk about the case of Our Lady of Argyle in Texas; the formal Catholic blessing of a Seattle man before his assisted suicide; and transparency among bishops.  JD plays "Yes of No" and "Greater and Lesser."  Listen here:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/673452740&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: Cardinal George Pell: Who, Where, Why, and What you need to know

Aug 23, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon give you everything you need to know about Cardinal George Pell, and the recent dismissal of his appeal of his conviction of child sexual abuse.  Listen now:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/669997184&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

Ep. 37: True Facts about the ‘Lion of Münster’

Aug 19, 2019 / 00:00 am

Blessed Clemens August von Galen is remembered as the ‘Lion of Münster’ for his fierce defense of the Catholic faith and human rights during the Nazi regime. This week on the CNA Newsroom podcast, we bring you Von Galen's remarkable story— narrated by Christoph Wimmer, editor of CNA Deutsch. Listen here: <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/668029016&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: Protestors at Mass in Portland; Monsignor Rossi investigation; Should we buy Greenland?

Aug 16, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on Editor's Desk, JD Flynn and Ed Condon talk about the investigation into Monsignor Walter Rossi, Cardinal George Pell's upcoming appeal, and more.  Listen here:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/666899600&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>

CNA Editor's Desk: JD and Ed Take a Drive

Aug 8, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Editor's Desk, JD Flynn and Ed Condon are on a road trip after a canon law conference in La Crosse, WI. They discuss the situation of Bishop Joseph Binzer in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's photo with a recently dismissed professor of moral theology at Rome's Pontifical John Paul II Institute, and mass shootings. Listen now:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/663196511&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>    

BONUS: JPII Institute; Abortion and the Democratic Primary; and Marriage by Proxy

Aug 2, 2019 / 00:00 am

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon talk about reactions to changes at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome, the avoidance of abortion at this week's Democratic debates, and more. Producer Kate Veik joins for a round of 'Yes/No'.  Listen now:  <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/660323495&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true"></iframe>