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The Catholic Guide to March Madness

By Christine Rousselle Ah, March. For Americans, this means many things: questionable weather, St. Patrick’s Day, the beginning of spring, and, oh yes, the emotional rollercoaster that is NCAA March Madness. If your alma mater wasn’t one of the 68 teams selected for this year’s tournament and you’re looking for a bandwagon to join, here’s […]

Fast-Food Fish Sandwiches: The Definitive Ranking for Lent 2018

Lent is here, and in addition to the traditional observances of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, there’s also the relatively new “tradition” of fast-food restaurants pandering to Catholic customers with new fish products. CNA’s own Jonah McKeown, Mary Rezac and Christine Rousselle decided to investigate which fast-food fish sandwiches are worth your money on Lenten Fridays. […]

From Chile to Canada, why they traveled to this year’s March for Life

The national March for Life in Washington, D.C., routinely draws several hundred thousand participants from across the country. But some people make the trek across international borders to take part in the march. Here’s a look at some of the overseas participants at this year’s march: “My mother was almost tricked into having an abortion […]

What did the Early Church say about tattoos?

By: Addie Mena Our recent piece on ancient pilgrimage tattoos in Jerusalem generated a lot of comment, from both the pro- and anti-tattoo camps. In the office discussion that ensued, we became interested in what the Church historically has had to say about the practice of tattooing. There’s no biblical or official proscription banning Catholics […]

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Dear UST: don’t fight Friday Fasting to sell Meatless Monday

Catholic Twitter broke into a bit of a frenzy earlier today when the Catholic University of St. Thomas (Minn.) Student Affairs Office posted a set of tweets seeming to advocate against abstaining from meat on Friday  – in order to promote the school’s Meatless Monday program in their main dining hall. The tweet contained this […]

Think finding parking in NYC is impossible? Mother Teresa thought so too

Finding parking is a pain for anyone – including St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  In July 1997, just months before her death, the 86-year old saint made a trip to New York City – in part to take care of her sisters’ parking woes. The main purpose of the trip was to to help the […]

Pro-lifers take the limelight on Saturday Night Live

Despite the tensions surrounding pro-lifers’ presence at the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, at the very least the controversy led to one bright spot: somewhat sympathetic treatment by mainstream comedy show Saturday Night Live. (Warning: the video below contains some graphic language)   In the January 21 “Weekend Update” segment, SNL cast member and […]

The Lord of the Rings may be more Catholic than you realized

Today is the 175th birthday of author and professor J.R.R. Tolkien – best-known for his Lord of the Rings books as well as other stories set in the land of Middle Earth. An ardent Catholic all his life, Tolkien’s books echo religious – and Catholic – themes. Though he disliked allegory- and indeed, sought to […]

Catholic Tunes Agency: Songs for Advent

We’re halfway through the first week of Advent, and unless you carry your own personal EMP around, it’s nearly impossible to completely fast from Christmas music during December. To help prepare for Advent and guard against Early Christmas Season (and to give you a reason to celebrate the WHOLE Twelve Days of Christmas all the way […]

Why is the Pope going to Sweden?

On October 31, Pope Francis is traveling to Sweden in order to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, but here at the CNA office, the announcement left us with an itching question- Why Sweden? Didn’t the Protestant Reformation start in Germany? What does the land of lingonberries and modular furniture have to do […]