CNA Columns

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

Adventures in Discernment

CNA Newsroom

Oct 12, 2020

By Kate Olivera,Jonah McKeown

We bring you the story of two brothers ordained to the priesthood on the same day; a young woman talks... Read more

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

IOR: Secretariat of State out of the Cardinals commission

A Vatican Observer

Oct 10, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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: "That's all, folks"

CNA Editor's Desk

Oct 9, 2020

By CNA Staff

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.

The Court Confirmation Ordeal

Russell Shaw

Oct 8, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

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

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

CNA Editor's Desk

Oct 2, 2020

By CNA Staff

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

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

A Vatican Observer

Oct 2, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Nigeria's Forgotten Martyrs

CNA Newsroom

Sep 28, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

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

Cardinal Angelo Becciu.

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

CNA Newsroom

Sep 25, 2020

By CNA Staff

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

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

Amy Coney Barrett as a person of character

Guest Columnist

Sep 25, 2020

By Charles A. "Chuck" Donovan

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

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

Of Miracles, Fast and Slow

Russell Shaw

Sep 24, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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 sneak peek at some of Pope Francis' lesser known decisions

A Vatican Observer

Sep 23, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

The Disappearing People

CNA Newsroom

Sep 21, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

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: "The Blest Wing"

CNA Editor's Desk

Sep 18, 2020

By CNA Staff

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.

After the Blast

CNA Newsroom

Sep 14, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

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.

The Rise of Cultural Marxism

Russell Shaw

Sep 10, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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: Masks and McCarrick

CNA Editor's Desk

Sep 4, 2020

By CNA Staff

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

Press conference on Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation

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

A Vatican Observer

Sep 1, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

The Mass is 'essential'

Guest Columnist

Sep 1, 2020

By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie

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

Learning. (

Back to (home)school

CNA Newsroom

Aug 31, 2020

By Jonah McKeown,Kate Olivera

We talk with a few Catholic schools about how they are approaching in-person and distance education. Then, many families are... Read more

CNA Editor's Desk: "The Church Supplies"

CNA Editor's Desk

Aug 28, 2020

By CNA Staff

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