CNA Columns

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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

On the Road to Polyamory

Russell Shaw

Aug 27, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

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

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

A Vatican Observer

Aug 26, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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).

All Creatures Great and Small

CNA Newsroom

Aug 24, 2020

By Kate Olivera,Jonah McKeown

Most of us associate St. Francis of Assisi with animals. But did you know St. Philip Neri also cared for... Read more

Baseball field. Via Unsplash.com.

CNA Editor's Desk: Politics, then Baseball

CNA Editor's Desk

Aug 21, 2020

By CNA Staff

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: "Once a Catholic, Always a Catholic?"

CNA Editor's Desk

Aug 14, 2020

By CNA Staff

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.

On Revisiting Brideshead

Russell Shaw

Aug 13, 2020

By Russell Shaw

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

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

A Vatican Observer

Aug 7, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Bishops at the Second Vatican Council.

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

CNA Editor's Desk

Aug 7, 2020

By CNA Staff

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

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

CNA Editor's Desk: "Vote for Carl"

CNA Editor's Desk

Jul 31, 2020

By CNA Staff

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

Pope Francis replaces one of his shadows

A Vatican Observer

Jul 31, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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