CNA Blog - CNA Blog

Did You Know: The woman who hid Anne Frank was Catholic?

The story of Anne Frank is well-known, thanks to the diary left behind by the 15-year-old Jewish girl recounting her two years in hiding during World War II. Less well-known is the story of Miep Gies, the Dutch Catholic woman responsible for helping to hide Anne’s family, and for later preserving her diary. As a […]

Poll: Do you think the Vatican should have allowed the new McDonald’s to be near St. Peter’s square?

McDonald’s has recently opened a new restaurant near St. Peter’s Square. Tourists and Vatican officials have welcomed the chain with mixed reviews. Some people have accepted the fast food joint as a cheaper solution to an area of overly priced restaurants. Other people find it to be an inappropriate addition to the cultural identity of […]

Poll: Do you think sacraments should be held off until the age of reason?

Underneath the Pope are a few rites which practice the distribution of the holy Eucharist and confirmation at a much earlier age than the Roman Rite. Rites such as the Byzantine and Alexandrian are liturgies stemming from eastern cultures who believe sacramental grace should be received longer. In comparison, the Roman Rite emphasizes holding off […]

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 […]

Advent in Aleppo

By now you’ve likely heard of the devastating events in the wake of the final battle for Aleppo in the past few days. The Syrian government has taken control of much of the city, but people still trapped in a small area of east Aleppo held by the remaining rebels have been sending harrowing goodbyes and […]

Poll: Does the trend of machines replacing human work worry you?

The Vatican recently hosted big-name scientists like Stephen Hawking to talk about ethical challenges with artificial intelligence. Is the increasing trend of machines replacing human work concerning to you? The Vatican recently hosted big-name scientists like Stephen Hawking to talk about ethical challenges with artific… in Catholic News Agency Polls on LockerDome

What we know about St. Lucy

Most of what we know about St. Lucy is relegated to the realm of rumors and romantic legend. Much of her history has been lost over the years, so there are only a handful of things we know for certain about this saint. Her life What we do know is that she was a holy […]

The Muslim restaurant serving up Christmas cheer

Here’s some news to warm your heart this Advent season. A Muslim-owned restaurant in London is offering free three-course meals on Christmas day to the elderly and the homeless. In a handwritten note, shared through a Facebook post, the restaurant encouraged its followers to share the post and spread the news to ensure that “No one […]

Tour this gorgeous Italian Cathedral online

I think 360 photos and video are probably the best thing to happen to the internet and photography since cat memes. As proof, check out this 360 photo of the inside of Milan Cathedral, or the Duomo di Milano. The largest church in Italy (St. Peter’s, which is larger, is located in Vatican City State) took […]

Poll: What’s your favorite St. Nicholas story?

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas! The Dec. 6 feast day honors the 4th-century Bishop of Myra most well-known for being the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus. But there’s a lot more to the real St. Nick than a red suit or gift-giving. In fact, the beloved saint was a staunch defender of […]