CNA Columns

Father Mike Schmitz is the host of the podcast "the Bible in a Year," produced by Ascension.

How "The Bible in a Year" podcast changed the world

CNA Newsroom

Feb 28, 2022

By Jonah McKeown,Kate Olivera

“The Bible in a Year” podcast with Father Mike Schmitz touched hundreds of thousands of lives beginning in 2021. We... Read more

Archbishop Leo Cushley distributes ashes during an Ash Wednesday service in a Scottish Parliament building.

Straight Talk on Ash Wednesday

Russell Shaw

Feb 24, 2022

By Russell Shaw

Why are so many people so keen on “getting the ashes”? The question naturally comes to mind as Ash Wednesday... Read more

St. Valentine’s skull in the minor basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. Photo credits: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

The Real St. Valentine

CNA Newsroom

Feb 14, 2022

By Jonah McKeown,Kate Olivera

Who was this guy, anyway? Read more

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Do you have a plan for spiritual greatness? Deacon Eason is here to help

Book Reviews

Feb 14, 2022

By Alejandro Bermudez

"Happiness and holiness are often missing and have been replaced by stress, anxiety, and worry. We are searching for a... Read more

The James Webb Space Telescope

Science, Faith, and Outer Space

Russell Shaw

Feb 10, 2022

By Russell Shaw

I was chatting with a man who had a doctorate in astronomy and now held a top science post in... Read more

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Calming the Storm: How Catholics can renew their understanding of Church teaching

Book Reviews

Feb 10, 2022

By Alejandro Bermudez

Catholics are dealing with many complex problems that often leave them confused about the authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching. Enter... Read more

Hong Kong.Hong Kong media tycoon and founder of Apple Daily newspaper Jimmy Lai Chee Ying arrives at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Court, May 18, 2020.

Notre Dame, China, and Standing Up for Human Rights

Guest Columnist

Feb 4, 2022

By Father Wilson D. (Bill) Miscamble, C.S.C.

Notre Dame has had an ambivalent relationship with the People’s Republic of China. Not so long ago, some naïve university... Read more

Classroom in a Catholic school.

Putting the Catholic back in Catholic Schools

Guest Columnist

Feb 1, 2022

By Thomas W. Carroll

This week is Celebrate Catholic Schools Week across America. Catholic schools enrolled more than 5 million students in the mid-1960s... Read more

The Pillars of Creation, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Spaced out: A Catholic scientist makes an unusual discovery

CNA Newsroom

Jan 31, 2022

By Jonah McKeown,Kate Olivera

This week on the podcast, a Catholic scientist talks about his fascinating discovery in space and its significance, as well... Read more

Pope Francis during the general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Jan. 26, 2022.

The Pope, the Pets, and Population

Russell Shaw

Jan 27, 2022

By Russell Shaw

The recent comment by Pope Francis that people who have pets instead of children are, sometimes at least, manifesting selfishness... Read more

The Lenten Cookbook

A Lenten Cookbook? Yes, and it is great!

Book Reviews

Jan 25, 2022

By Alejandro Bermudez

Like every good recipe, a good book has to do a lot with the ingredients. So what happens when you... Read more

Sister Sue Ann Hall (left) and Sister Delores Vogt of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity welcome visitors to Our Lady of Guadalupe convent in St. Louis.

Abortions trickle at St. Louis clinic after convent opens across the street

CNA Newsroom

Jan 18, 2022

By Kate Olivera,Jonah McKeown

Our Lady of Guadalupe convent in St. Louis has an unlikely neighbor: an abortion clinic. Since the convent opened in... Read more

Huck and Jim on their raft, illustration by E.W. Kemble from the 1884 edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Solving Our Race Problem

Russell Shaw

Jan 13, 2022

By Russell Shaw

Here is today’s quiz: What 19th century novel points the way to a lasting solution to the racial tensions afflicting... Read more

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Book Review: How adoption is a great option for women, families

Book Reviews

Jan 5, 2022

By Alejandro Bermudez

Is adoption a joyful alternative for parents or, to the contrary, a malevolent option to try to take away women's... Read more

Rotary phone.

Who ya gonna call...for prayers?

CNA Newsroom

Jan 5, 2022

By Kate Olivera,Jonah McKeown

An innovative prayer hotline has been a surprising success since its launch at the beginning of the pandemic. Read more

Keara Brown, originally from Columbus, Ohio, came with her Washington, D.C. team from pro-life group Live Action. They attended the pro-life rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021.

Waiting for Dobbs

Russell Shaw

Dec 30, 2021

By Russell Shaw

The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision on abortion almost certainly is a done deal. The justices and their clerks know the... Read more

John Kraemer holds a large Lego cross that will form the basis for his church building's roof.

This disability advocate builds a new Catholic Church each year...out of Legos

CNA Newsroom

Dec 20, 2021

By Jonah McKeown,Kate Olivera

John Kraemer isn’t an architect, but he’s probably built more buildings than a lot of real architects. The only difference?... Read more

The Journey to Bethlehem, a mosaic in Istanbul's Chora Church, c. 1315.

Leaving Home for Christmas

Russell Shaw

Dec 17, 2021

By Russell Shaw

Although coming home for Christmas is a beautiful holiday tradition greatly to be cherished, it nevertheless occurs to me that... Read more

The Portiuncula Chapel on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The Common Thread

Guest Columnist

Dec 10, 2021

By Father Dave Pivonka, TOR

The priests and brothers of the Franciscan Third Order Regular who founded Franciscan University of Steubenville believed the school would... Read more

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green.

This bishop braves the Australian Outback daily to care for his Catholics

CNA Newsroom

Dec 6, 2021

By Kate Olivera,Jonah McKeown

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green leads the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes in the Australian Outback. He tells us about the extraordinary challenges and... Read more