CNA Columns

Detail from Michelangelo's fresco The Last Judgement, in the Sistine Chapel (1536-41).

End Times? Yes and No

Russell Shaw

May 21, 2020

By Russell Shaw

One of the more predictable byproducts of the coronavirus pandemic has been an uptick in apocalyptic warnings that the end... Read more

Vatican City flag waiving over St. Peter's dome - Bohumil Petrik / CNA

Vatican Finances, what is going on? Sloane Avenue and more

A Vatican Observer

May 20, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Holy See is reportedly seeking to renegotiate the £120 million loan it used to complete the purchase of property... Read more

The Torrione Niccolo V, the IOR's headquarters

Vatican finances, what is going on? The Malta case

A Vatican Observer

May 19, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Attorneys for a Maltese business venture involved in a legal dispute say the so-called Vatican bank’s new management care more... Read more

St. John Paul II takes a break during one of his many secret ski trips. Photo courtesy of Lino Zani.

JPII, who were you?

CNA Newsroom

May 18, 2020

By Jonah McKeown,Kate Olivera

Biographer George Weigel and a former Swiss Guard detail the legacy of St. John Paul II. An Italian mountaineer talks... Read more

Pope John Paul II in 1996.

CNA Editor's Desk: "A resume of moral seriousness"

CNA Editor's Desk

May 15, 2020

By CNA Staff

On this episode of the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the legacy of Pope St. John... Read more

Where is God in this time of corona?

Guest Columnist

May 12, 2020

By Br. René Stockman

It is a question that we regularly hear and read. Some see in it the direct hand of God, of... Read more

A man walks the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Pilgrims’ (Perilous) Progress

CNA Newsroom

May 11, 2020

By Kate Olivera,Jonah McKeown

A group travels to the Holy Land as the coronavirus reaches pandemic levels; a proposal gone wrong on the Camino... Read more

CNA Editor's Desk: "You just have to laugh"

CNA Editor's Desk

May 8, 2020

By CNA Staff

On this episode of the podcast, CNA editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss some of the week’s most important... Read more

Rembrandt's The Parable of the Rich Fool (1627).

Security in a Pandemic

Russell Shaw

May 7, 2020

By Russell Shaw

Security. Safety. Safekeeping. The human craving for protection against harm is universal and reaches its anxiety-ridden peak in the face... Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines at a press briefing at the Holy See Press Office during the Synod of Bishops on October 9, 2015. -

Is Pope Francis setting up the next Conclave?

A Vatican Observer

May 6, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At the end of the last week, Pope Francis elevated cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle and Beniamino Stella to the Order... Read more

Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Lessons learned during past pandemics - from a Catholic perspective

Guest Columnist

May 5, 2020

By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie

Coronavirus is only the latest iteration of an age-old human affliction. Even now, with the benefit of advanced medical science, our reaction... Read more

A view of Vatican City State -

Coronavirus, how much money did the Vatican lose?

A Vatican Observer

May 5, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As governments around the world work to assess and contain the effect of the coronavirus emergency on the economy and... Read more

A frame from Marvel's comic book about Pope St. John Paul II.

Saintly Superheroes

CNA Newsroom

May 4, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Nearly four decades ago, Marvel produced several religious-themed comic books, including a comic about the life of Pope St. John... Read more

The White House.

CNA Editor's Desk: What people will get mad about

CNA Editor's Desk

Apr 30, 2020

By CNA Staff

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon sit down for another quarantine edition of the podcast. They discuss reactions to President... Read more

The statue of Bl. Junipero Serra at the Mission San Miguel in California.

City of Angels

CNA Newsroom

Apr 27, 2020

By Jonah McKeown,Kate Olivera

Rome correspondent Courtney Mares takes us on a deep dive into the history of Our Lady of Loreto. Producer Jonah... Read more

The original image of the Divine Mercy in Vilnius /

The image of the Divine Mercy was exposed for the first time 85 years ago. In Vilnius

A Vatican Observer

Apr 25, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is situated at the geographic center of Europe. The Gate of Dawn is one of... Read more

Bishop Peter Baldacchino celebrates Mass on Holy Thursday.

CNA Editor's Desk: The Church goes out (like Johnny Appleseed)

CNA Editor's Desk

Apr 24, 2020

By CNA Staff

Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon are back this week for another quarantine edition of the podcast.  They have an... Read more

Lockdown Debate, Catholic Edition

Russell Shaw

Apr 23, 2020

By Russell Shaw

It now appears that the legacy of the coronavirus pandemic is going to include an ongoing, sometimes ugly debate on... Read more

Pope Francis smiles as he walks by a crowd at the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on July 9, 2015 -

Pope Francis: the Latin American model as a way out of the coronavirus crisis

A Vatican Observer

Apr 21, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’s Letter to Popular Movements on Easter Sunday epitomizes his social thought, which is deeply rooted in the Latin... Read more

A man sits inside a McDonald's. Photo courtesy of Chris Arnade.

Death Row and the Back Row

CNA Newsroom

Apr 20, 2020

By Kate Olivera,Jonah McKeown

Bishop Richard Stika tells the story of the time St. John Paul II intervened in the life of a man... Read more