Francesca Pollio Fenton

Francesca Pollio Fenton

Francesca is the Social Media Manager for Catholic News Agency. She received her degree in Communications with an emphasis in Digital Media from the University of Colorado - Denver.

Articles by Francesca Pollio Fenton

How do we know if we are listening to God's voice, or our own? This author has some advice

May 14, 2022 / 05:04 am

Discernment is hard. How do we know if the voice we’re listening to is God’s, or our own? 

This Catholic doctor provides care for 1 million people in Sudan, South Sudan

Apr 28, 2022 / 14:51 pm

Sudan and South Sudan are countries currently facing several hardships. After the military staged a coup in Sudan six months ago, the country remains in political and economic turmoil. Its neighbor, South Sudan, faces severe food shortages and a rise in violence.

Singing this song on Holy Thursday can purify your soul (and save you time in Purgatory)

Apr 13, 2022 / 12:39 pm

The “Tantum Ergo” is the last two verses of a Latin hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas. By singing this beautiful song during adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday, you can receive a plenary indulgence.

These are the most popular FAQs about Palm Sunday… and their answers

Apr 9, 2022 / 18:00 pm

Here is a list of the most popular questions about Palm Sunday and their answers.

Mock-meatless Fridays? Catholic vegans share their Lenten sacrifices

Apr 9, 2022 / 05:00 am

Have you ever wondered what vegans give up for Lent?

There is still time to receive a plenary indulgence during Lent

Mar 31, 2022 / 09:20 am

Did you know that there are several ways you can gain a plenary indulgence during Lent? It’s true! There are actually four ways you can receive one. Even though Lent is nearly over, there is still plenty of time for you to complete any, or all, of these. 

A Catholic priest and a parishioner team up to rescue Ukrainian orphans 

Mar 28, 2022 / 16:00 pm

A Ukrainian Catholic priest, who is married and a father of seven, recently accompanied one of his parishioners on a journey to Ukraine, where they rescued 22 orphans. 

Denver archdiocese: Supposed blood on St Michael statue 'similar to red nail polish'

Mar 24, 2022 / 15:00 pm

After having a chemical analysis performed on swabs used to clean alleged blood from a local woman’s statue of St. Michael the Archangel, the Archdiocese of Denver has determined the red liquid was not blood.

Good news! You can eat a cheeseburger on Friday, March 25. Here’s why

Mar 24, 2022 / 14:30 pm

You probably already are well aware that Catholics are called to abstain from eating meat on all Fridays throughout Lent. But did you know that this requirement is suspended when a solemnity of the Catholic Church falls on a Lenten Friday?

Why the Stations of the Cross were a daily devotion for Mother Angelica

Mar 17, 2022 / 16:40 pm

It is tradition for Catholics around the world to participate in the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. However, for EWTN foundress Mother Angelica, it was a daily devotion. 

Is blood flowing from a Colorado woman's St Michael statue?

Mar 7, 2022 / 18:00 pm

On Feb. 23, hours before the world would hear that Russia had invaded Ukraine, a statue of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of Kyiv, began to emit a dark liquid which appears to be blood. A video shared on Facebook of the occurrence quickly made headlines. 

Six years ago today these religious sisters died in Yemen

Mar 4, 2022 / 17:10 pm

On March 4, 2018, four Missionaries of Charity were killed by ISIS in Aden, Yemen.

St. Michael the Archangel is the protector of the capital of Ukraine. Here’s why

Mar 4, 2022 / 10:10 am

A statue of Saint Michael the Archangel stands in the center of Kyiv with a shield and a sword and as the protector of the capital of Ukraine and the entire country, now threatened by the invasion of Russia.

Ideas to help you have a fruitful Lent

Feb 28, 2022 / 16:10 pm

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We, as Catholics, are called to walk through the desert with Christ for 40 days and 40 nights. The season of Lent is one of the holiest times of the year as we experience the sorrow of the crucifixion on Good Friday, and then rejoice in the risen Lord on Easter Sunday. 

Beloved social media nun dies

Feb 25, 2022 / 14:30 pm

Messages from around the world have flooded Twitter as the beloved “Digitalnun,” Sister Catherine Wybourne, died of cancer Feb. 24, at the age of 68. 

Three Catholic dating tips in a society of 'swiping' and 'ghosting'

Feb 14, 2022 / 03:00 am

Dating in today’s world can be hard. We live in a society where “swiping right” and “ghosting” are a part of our vocabulary and the hook-up culture is widely accepted. For a Catholic trying to find his or her other half, it can seem nearly impossible. How do you find someone who shares the faith, or who wants to get married, or who will understand your belief in the sanctity of marriage? 

French Catholic nun turns 118, making her the second oldest person in the world

Feb 11, 2022 / 13:45 pm

Sister Andre Randon, a French nun, celebrated her 118th birthday on Feb. 11. This milestone makes her the second-oldest living person in the world and the oldest living person in Europe, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which validates details of people believed to be 110 or older. 

5 fascinating facts about the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes

Feb 11, 2022 / 03:00 am

On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In Lourdes, France, in 1858, thirteen-year-old Bernadette Soubirous was collecting pieces of wood as part of her daily chores when she noticed a startling wind and rustling sound. The noise came from a nearby grotto. When Bernadette looked toward it, she saw it filled with a golden light, and a beautiful lady. 

Meet Catholic school students who pray the rosary for the unborn

Feb 3, 2022 / 13:21 pm

Seventh graders CeCe and Abby start off each month by waking up early to say the rosary with their fellow classmates.

Catholic gifts and ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022

Feb 1, 2022 / 13:00 pm

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of Catholic based gifts for the special someone in your life. Whether you’re celebrating with your spouse or are having a ‘galentines’ day celebration, we’ve got you covered with gift ideas and ways to celebrate the holiday in a Catholic inspired way.