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Fr. David Burgard participates in "Priests in the Park."

Social distance...from our desks

CNA Editor's Desk

Mar 19, 2020

By CNA Staff

From a safe social distance— 1,493 miles to be exact— editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss the week’s most important Catholic... Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States.

Abortion Decision: Waiting on the Court

Russell Shaw

Mar 17, 2020

By Russell Shaw

For all practical purposes or at least most, the Supreme Court likely has already decided the most important abortion-related case... Read more

Vatican City flag from the view of the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Italy on March 12, 2015 -

What does Pope Francis’s reform of the Vatican judicial system mean?

A Vatican Observer

Mar 17, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis' reform of the Vatican City State judicial system is mostly insider stuff. A look under the hood of... Read more

Jeff Schinstock and his daughter, Regina Maria. Photo courtesy of Jeff Schinstock.

CNA Newsroom: The Church and disabled Catholics (Part 2)

CNA Newsroom

Mar 16, 2020

By CNA Staff

This week on CNA Newsroom, we continue our discussion about ministry to Catholics with disabilities and their families.  Jeff Schinstock... Read more

Cardinal George Pell arrives at Melbourne County Court on February 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Cardinal George Pell has had his day in court

CNA Editor's Desk

Mar 12, 2020

By CNA Staff

On this episode of the podcast, JD Flynn and Ed Condon discuss and debate the week’s Catholic news, including updates... Read more

The Apostolic Palace -

Pope Francis back and forth reform: the centralized personnel office

A Vatican Observer

Mar 10, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

It turns out, a motu proprio by Pope Francis will be needed after all, to make effective the General Directorate for Personnel... Read more

Pope Francis with Peter Lombardi at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 28, 2018.

CNA Newsroom: The Church and disabled Catholics (Part 1)

CNA Newsroom

Mar 9, 2020

By CNA Staff

This week on CNA Newsroom, we talk with a Catholic priest about his diagnosis of autism.  Then, we ask how... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass with First Communions in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Rakovsky, Bulgaria on May 6, 2019. (

CNA Editor's Desk: This is not our coronavirus episode

CNA Editor's Desk

Mar 5, 2020

By CNA Staff

JD Flynn, Ed Condon, and Carl Bunderson discuss and debate the week's top stories. Topics include coronavirus and the reception... Read more

A session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva -

The Holy See slams UN Report on religious freedom

A Vatican Observer

Mar 4, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Holy See has attacked the latest UN report on religious freedom. Decrying particularly the document's many references to gender... Read more

Burger King's Impossible Whopper.

CNA Newsroom: Where's the Beef

CNA Newsroom

Mar 2, 2020

By CNA Staff

This week on CNA Newsroom, we're talking all about meat.  CNA's D.C. correspondents Matt Hadro and Christine Rousselle taste test... Read more

Pope Pius XII -

Will Pius XII's archives shed light on origins of Vatican Ostpolitik?

A Vatican Observer

Mar 2, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The opening of the archives on Pius XII’s pontificate could show that the Vatican's so-called Ostpolitik began much earlier than... Read more

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane of Lesotho at the United Nations.

The Curious Case of Canon 1090

CNA Editor's Desk

Feb 28, 2020

By CNA Staff

Listen to this week's episode of the podcast by clicking below, or by searching for it on your favorite podcast... Read more

The March for Life outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2015.

The Court It Is a-Changin'

Russell Shaw

Feb 27, 2020

By Russell Shaw

“Chances are that abortion rights cases will look very different very soon.” That is the cautious assessment of Thomas H.... Read more

Miss Charlene Richard, Mr. Auguste “Nonco” Pelafigue, and Lt. Father Verbis Lafleur. (Courtesy of the Diocese of Lafayette)

CNA Newsroom: Saints of the Swamp

CNA Newsroom

Feb 24, 2020

By CNA Staff

In January, the Diocese of Lafayette officially opened the causes for canonization of two Louisiana Catholics, and approved the cause... Read more

Pope Francis May 12, 2019.

How did Ed do as host?

CNA Editor's Desk

Feb 21, 2020

By CNA Staff

JD and Ed discuss and debate the week’s Catholic news. This time, by popular demand, Ed is the host. Topics... Read more

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Lithuanian Ateitis Federation shows how a group of young people can have an impact on society

A Vatican Observer

Feb 20, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Five principles, a motto, a name — which means  ”future” in Lithuanian — and 110 years of history: on Feb.... Read more

The headquarters of the Institute for Religious Works, the so-called Vatican bank -

What is behind the acquittal of two former Vatican officials?

A Vatican Observer

Feb 16, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

An Italian appeal court gave its verdict in a criminal case against two former officials of the Holy See’s Institute... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of Amazon synod October 27, 2019.

Married priests in the Amazon; “Querida Amazonia,” Amazonia/Amazon Price is Right; etc.

CNA Editor's Desk

Feb 14, 2020

By CNA Staff

On this episode of the podcast, JD and Ed discuss Pope Francis’ decision not to permit married priests or female... Read more

An owl cafe in Tokyo. Kate Olivera/CNA

Movements in the Church; the McCarrick Report; Crookston investigation; Hipster Hobbies; Etc.

CNA Editor's Desk

Feb 7, 2020

By CNA Staff

The editors discuss movements in the Catholic Church; the continuing investigation into Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minnesota; the report... Read more

Pope Francis led the opening procession of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region from St. Peter's Basilica to the Synod Hall where he led the opening prayer, Oct. 7, 2019.

Amazonian Synod, what if the key is not celibacy?

A Vatican Observer

Feb 4, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Recent reports claiming some basis in a leaked draft of the post-Amazonian synod exhortation raised fresh and further fears Pope... Read more