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CNA Columns

The White House.

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

How Not To Elect a President

Let me begin with what I suspect will be a welcome promise – I won’t tell you which candidate to... Read more

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 13, 2020.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "The Reversal of JD Flynn"

This week on the podcast, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of prospective Justice... Read more

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican Oct. 14, 2020 -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Is Pope Francis moving toward a conclave?

There are two ways to interpret the exclusion of the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, from the Cardinals... Read more

Nun at the prayer vigil for consecrated life in St. Peter's Square , Jan. 28, 2016.

CNA Newsroom

By CNA Staff

CNA Newsroom: "Adventures in Discernment"

This week on the podcast, we bring you the story of two brothers ordained to the priesthood on the same... Read more

The "Torrione Niccolo V" in the Vatican, the headquarters of the Institute for Religious Works -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

IOR: Secretariat of State out of the Cardinals commission

For the first time since its establishment, the Cardinals Commission of the Institute for Religious Works (the so-called Vatican bank)... Read more

Pope Francis signs his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, on the altar before the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 3, 2020. Photo

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "That's all, folks"

In this week’s podcast episode, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the pope’s new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti; they also... Read more

The March for Life before the Supreme Court of the United States, Jan. 22, 2015.

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Court Confirmation Ordeal

When did confirming someone for a seat on the Supreme Court become a traumatic ordeal for the candidate and the... Read more

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Gallagher. With him, Callista Gingrich, US ambassador to the Holy See /

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pompeo's visit to the Vatican, how to decrypt it

It was no surprise that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not meet with Pope Francis during his visit... Read more

President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden during the Sept. 29 debate.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "How did we get here?"

This week on the podcast, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon briefly discuss the first presidential debate, the annual Al... Read more

Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja during prayer and penance for peace and security in Nigeria on March 1, 2020.

CNA Newsroom

By CNA Staff

CNA Newsroom: "Nigeria's Forgotten Martyrs"

The persecution of Christians is by no means confined to the Middle East. In Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, to... Read more

Amy Coney Barrett. Photo courtesy of the Notre Dame Law School

Guest Columnist

By Charles A. "Chuck" Donovan

Amy Coney Barrett as a person of character

For decades advocates of legal abortion have attempted to paint opposition to the practice as rooted in – even solely... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Becciu.

CNA Newsroom

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "Becciu didn't see this coming"

CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the resignation of a prominent cardinal, presumably over financial scandal; the Supreme... Read more

Gerard David's 'The Marriage at Cana' (c. 1500)

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Of Miracles, Fast and Slow

A friend asks me to write about miracles, taking as an example the events that brought him and his wife... Read more

Gentlemen of His Holiness welcome Queen Elizabeth at the Vatican, Oct. 17,, 2000 -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A sneak peek at some of Pope Francis' lesser known decisions

The devil, the saying goes, hides in detail. To understand the things in the Vatican,  details are essential. Without the... Read more

A priest surveys the damage caused by ISIS at a Catholic Church in Batnaya, Iraq. Photo courtesy of Stephen Rasche

CNA Newsroom

By CNA Staff

CNA Newsroom: "The Disappearing People"

Now more than ever, Christianity is at risk of disappearing from the Middle East. This week on CNA Newsroom, we... Read more

The White House, Washington, DC.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "The Blest Wing"

This week on the podcast, editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the second known instance of a priest realizing... Read more

A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4, 2020.

CNA Newsroom

By CNA Staff

CNA Newsroom: After the Blast

In early August, something happened in Lebanon that no one expected— a massive explosion destroyed many of the city’s predominantly... Read more

Statue of Karl Marx in Moscow.

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

The Rise of Cultural Marxism

Some years ago, Lee Edwards, a veteran conservative writer and a friend of mine, launched an organization, the Victims of... Read more

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: Masks and McCarrick

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon crack open the Code of Canon Law to discuss the case of a Colorado... Read more

Guest Columnist

By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie

The Mass is 'essential'

If American Catholics feel singled out in this strange year they are not being paranoid, they are simply paying attention. From... Read more