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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  https://t.co/Bsyd2nJA5L — La Stampa (@LaStampa) July 14, 2017 Literally, it translates: “It is forbidden to complain,” according to Italian source La […]

St. Teresa of Avila’s demonic experience that proved the power of Holy Water

By: ChurchPOP St. Teresa of Avila is one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. A 16th century nun, mystic, and Doctor of the Church, you may have seen her famous quote about the power of holy water before: “From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water […]

TIME asks: What’s it like to be a millennial priest?

The religious statistic usually cited in relationship to the millennial generation is the number of “nones” – increasingly, young people are less likely to identify themselves as belonging to any religion or faith. But there’s another statistic that may be surprising – the number of millennials joining the Catholic seminary and priesthood is on the […]