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Press conference on Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis: a new encyclical to outline his post-COVID 19 vision?

Pope Francis will issue a new encyclical on the human fraternity. The document will outline Pope Francis' vision for the... Read more

Learning. (

CNA Newsroom

By CNA Staff

CNA Newsroom: Back to (home)school

The return to school looks a little different this fall, because of the coronavirus pandemic.  This week on CNA Newsroom,... Read more

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "The Church Supplies"

On the podcast this week, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss baptism and the sacraments, in the context... Read more

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

On the Road to Polyamory

Under the heading “A fair chance for children” the New York Times editorial board recommends four measures to help low-income... Read more

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A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican, is there a problem in the International Catholic Migration Commission?

Anne Therese Gallagher was elected President of the International Catholic Migration Commission in March 2018. In that role she is mandated to... Read more

Dog with halo. Original artwork by Sarah McKeown (IG @barahsurns).

CNA Newsroom

By CNA Staff

CNA Newsroom: All Creatures Great and Small

This week on CNA Newsroom, we're talking about pets!  Most of us associate St. Francis of Assisi with animals. But... Read more

Baseball field. Via Unsplash.com.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: Politics, then Baseball

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the recent Democratic National Convention; debate whether our political process allows for good and... Read more

Joe Biden.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "Once a Catholic, Always a Catholic?"

On the podcast this week, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss St. Maximilian Kolbe, a historic peace deal... Read more

Castle Howard, used in the 1981 TV serial adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

On Revisiting Brideshead

In the late spring of 1945, as World War II was drawing toward a close, a novel called Brideshead Revisited... Read more

Bishops at the Second Vatican Council.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: Let’s talk about Vatican II

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon return this week to talk about recent “discussion” about the Second Vatican Council and... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican flag -

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope’s reshuffle of the Economy Council: what does it mean?

The new Council for the Economy, tailored by Pope Francis, keeps the same coordinator, brings back two cardinals who seemed... Read more

Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint declaration on human fraternity during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Feb. 4, 2019

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis replaces one of his shadows

Today, Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid leaves Domus Sanctae Marthae forever. The Pope’s second secretary greeted the personnel of the Domus on Jul. 30, thus... Read more

The bronze cast of Marisol Escobar's 'Father Damien' in the National Statuary Hall (detail). public domain.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "Vote for Carl"

On the podcast this week, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent remarks about a... Read more

Sharonell Fulton has fostered more than 40 children through Catholic Social Services. Photo courtesy of Becket.

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Religious Liberty After Bostock

Does the Catholic Church have a right to follow its convictions about sexual morality in its own institutions without being... Read more

The banner at the entrance of the APSA office in the Vatican .-

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican Finances: what is the transfer of institutional cash to the Vatican “central bank” all about?

A recent provision by the Secretariat for the Economy made clear that the Administration for the Patrimony of the Apostolic... Read more

Pope Francis with pilgrims from the Italian dioceses of Bologna and Cesena-Sarsina in St. Peter’s Square, April 21, 2018.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: Christopher Yes or No?

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon return this week to talk about what we may expect from the Vatican before... Read more

A session of the Parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe /

A Vatican Observer

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Europe and the challenge of religious freedom

The European Union’s Special Envoy for promoting the Freedom of Religions and Belief outside of Europe will soon be appointed.... Read more

John Roberts testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings to be Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Sept. 13, 2005.

Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

Sound Advice from the Chief

Disappointed prolifers were predictably angry at Chief Justice John Roberts for providing the fifth vote in the five-member Supreme Court... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez visits the scene of the fire at the San Gabriel mission, July 11, 2020.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: "The hard-learned lessons of history"

This week on the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss what seems to be a rising tide... Read more

The U.S. Supreme Court.

CNA Editor's Desk

By CNA Staff

CNA Editor's Desk: The Perfect Society

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are back this week to talk about the US Supreme Court's rulings on the... Read more