You don’t really know St. Patrick

St. Patrick, patron saint of Nigeria (who wasn’t Irish and wasn’t the first Christian missionary to Ireland and didn’t drive the snakes out), pray for us. Wait, what? Popular devotion to St. Patrick might have one believing that he was an Irish pied piper who led the snakes out of the land of Guinness. But there’s a […]

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 […]

PHOTOS: The beautiful new Cathedral in Knoxville

Hundreds of faithful from the Diocese of Knoxville and beyond attended the dedication Mass of the United States’ newest Cathedral last Saturday. The Sacred Heart Cathedral dedication marks the end of a three-year, multi-million dollar building project in the diocese, which was established as a diocese by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Con-celebrating the […]

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. […]

Fake news alert: Pope Francis didn’t write that trending ‘Gentle Reminder’

The ‘gentle reminder’ message allegedly written by Pope Francis that trends periodically on Facebook and other social media was never written by the Holy Father. The message reads: “This life will go by fast. Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much. Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look […]

Lent, Pope Gregory, and the story of rabbit domestication that wasn’t

The stories of saints’ lives, particularly those who lived several hundred years ago, sometimes mix fact with fiction or folklore. But the story of the domestication of rabbits, often attributed to some French monks and a papal edict from Pope St. Gregory the Great, was generally considered fact – even by the scientific community. Until […]

Minnesota bishop welcomes Super Bowl fans to the Twin Cities

In a video message prior to Super Bowl LII, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota welcomed to his city the hundreds of football fans who will be in town for the game this weekend. “The weather here can get a little chilly here this time of year, but as […]

CNN reporter calls out congressman for inaccurate Immaculate Conception analogy

CNN reporter Chris Cuomo blasted Rep. Matt Gaetz (R- Fla.) during a T.V. interview yesterday after Gaetz incorrectly used the term ‘Immaculate Conception’ in an analogy. Gaetz and Cuomo were discussing the missing text messages from two FBI agents that will be investigated by the Justice Department. Some members of GOP have said they believe these texts will […]

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 […]

Hidden paths to hidden priests: The secret Mass trails of Ireland

If you’ve visited Ireland, you’ve probably missed them, and that’s the point. Hidden paths winding throughout the country recall a time – not all that long ago – when the repressed Catholic majority was forced to worship in secret. Now, some of these paths have been documented by Irish photographer Caitriona Dunnett years in her project ‘Mass […]