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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 […]

Leaked emails show Clinton’s team should read a catechism

–By Addie Mena Washington D.C.- Oh anti-Catholicism. You’re always in vogue. And just what we needed to add to this wonderful election journey. Today, the anti-secrecy and disclosure site WikiLeaks released more than 1,000 emails as part of an ongoing leak of the hacked emails of John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Previously, Podesta […]

Did you catch what Ivanka Trump had to say about women?

Did you see what Ivanka Trump said about women’s pay and motherhood at last night’s RNC? (See 7:49 and following)   “Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties, they should be the norm,” Ivanka insisted to a cheering audience. “As researchers have noted, gender is no longer the factor creating […]

Finding Dory: a Laudato Si tale under the sea

Unless you have the memory span of a blue tang-  watch out, for spoilers lie below… Pixar’s newest sequel, Finding Dory, follows the titular forgetful fish on her journey to reconnect with her family, years after losing them. However, the tale is not just an expansion of the ocean world explored in the first film, or […]