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Carmelite nun mows down Irma wreckage with chainsaw

A video of a Carmelite sister brandishing a chainsaw and mowing down hurricane-fallen trees has gone viral since it was posted to the Miami-Dade police department’s Facebook page yesterday. Here’s the video, in case you haven’t seen it yet: “Thank you Sister and all of our neighbors that are working together to get through this!” […]

Things Mother Teresa Didn’t Say: There’s a website for that

As far as vastly-misquoted leading historical figures go, Mother Teresa ranks right up there with the likes of Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. The internet is ripe with sickly-sweet memes and quotes supposedly from the beloved saint. As it turns out, many of them are actually the words of other people, while others are an attempt […]

Catholic Church incurs (minor) fine for liquor violation in very Mormon Utah

Catholics are, um, not always known for their temperance. According to stereotypes (based in truth), we tend to lean a bit on the lush side of life. Mormons, on the other hand, are known for their temperance – practicing members of the religion do not imbibe alcohol per precepts of Mormon scripture. These beliefs are reflected in […]

Hurricane Harvey: Three ways you can help

In the last five days, Hurricane Harvey has set records for rainfall and left at least 30 people dead, with thousands more stranded or homeless. In the face of such immense devastation, it can be tempting to despair. But as Catholics, we can be a beacon of hope to our suffering brothers and sisters. Here […]

The statues of Mary that survived Hurricane Harvey

Besides widespread damage from flooding and winds, Hurricane Harvey, which swept through Houston this weekend, also caused several fires in its wake. The Roja family had to evacuate their home on their land west of Corpus Christi as Harvey approached, and were devastated to learn that it had been destroyed by fire, CNN reported. But there were two […]

The nun who fought racism – and the KKK!

The Catholic Church has a long history of opposing racism. But that opposition is not just institutional – it’s found in the courageous lives of men and women who have risked everything to serve the oppressed and alienated. One such person was St. Katharine Drexel, one of the first U.S.-born saints. Born in Philadelphia in […]

How many of the 45 Vatican-approved ‘important films’ have you seen?

Ever felt like there is nothing worthwhile to watch? You might want to check out the Vatican’s list of ‘Some Important Films’. In 1995, Pope John Paul II addressed the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications, on an important occasion: the 100th anniversary of cinematography. “Since the first public audience in Paris viewed […]

The closest thing to the patron saint of Shark Week

I don’t know about your place of employment, but Shark Week celebration is in full swing here at CNA. Naturally, I have been in search of the Patron Saint of Sharks, because Catholics have patron saints for everything, right? Turns out, we have no patron saint of sharks (yet – though I’m pretty sure some […]

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 […]

The sign at Pope Francis’ door: ‘No Whining’

Pope Francis doesn’t like whiners. In case this was unclear from his straightforward homilies imploring Christians not to be grumpy, the sign on his apartment door confirms it. The “No complaining” sign at Pope Francis’ door — La Stampa (@LaStampa) July 14, 2017 Literally, it translates: “It is forbidden to complain,” according to Italian source La […]