CNA Newsroom

This podcast will give you the people behind the headlines, each week.


Ep. 57: Abortion regret — and redemption

Monday, January 13 2020

Patricia Sandoval was 12 years-old when an instructor from Planned Parenthood taught her and her classmates about “safe” sex. After three abortions and a job at Planned Parenthood, Patricia says she has found healing and redemption through Christ.

Ep. 56: 20- Cabernet + Myrrh + Baptism- 20

Monday, January 6 2020

Epiphany is more than just the the three kings visiting the child Jesus. It also celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding at Cana. This week, we talk with a Trappist monk who helps young monks create incense; we learn about conditional baptisms from a priest who once performed one; and a Catholic retiree who now helps run a winery near Fort Worth, Texas.

Ep. 55: And After 8 Days. . .

Monday, December 30 2019

For centuries, Catholics celebrated the Circumcision of the Lord on January 1. That practice ended in 1960. But, what was the significance of Jesus' circumcision, and of circumcision in general? We talk to priests, theologians and an art historian to find these answers. Then, we talk with a journalist who went on a years-long quest to find what some believe to be the Church's most unusual relic: the foreskin of Jesus.

Ep. 54: The Unlikeliest of Friendships

Monday, December 16 2019

This week on the podcast: two unlikely friendships…and one friendship so unlikely, it probably wasn’t a friendship at all. We bring you the stories of two college professors with very different viewpoints— Robert George and Cornel West— who became best friends; two heroes of the American political left and right, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who were friends for 30 years; and the somewhat odd correspondence between Blessed Pius IX and Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

Ep. 53: Kringle v. Krampus

Monday, December 9 2019

JD Flynn interviews Santa Claus; we examine the life of St. Nicholas; and CNA Deutch Editor Christoph Wimmer shares the legend of St. Nicholas’ sinister counterpart, Krampus.

Ep. 52: Here Comes Emmanuel

Monday, December 2 2019

A Trappist monk named Emmanuel shares his vocation story and gives us a look at how his community celebrates Advent; the Vatican’s lead astronomer gives the real story of the Star of Bethlehem; and we visit the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Ep. 51: A Very Catholic Thanksgiving

Monday, November 25 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, we talk to EWTN’s Father Mitch Pacwa about his annual Thanksgiving hunting trip. Later in this episode, the founder of Whiffletree Farm in Virginia shares the story of his conversion and talks about the Thanksgiving rush; we tell the story of Squanto and Nicholas Black Elk; a retiree in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens donates and distributes hundreds of turkeys each Thanksgiving, in honor of his dad; and a counselor talks about the relationship between grief and gratitude.

Ep. 50: Prepare to Die

Monday, November 18 2019

What does it mean to have a good death? We tell the story of Paul Coakley, a 34-year-old Catholic who died after a short battle with cancer. We talk to hospice care workers and a Catholic bioethicist about what a good death looks like, amid efforts around the world to push for euthanasia and assisted suicide. We also tell the story of a group of Carmelite nuns who were executed during the French Revolution, each one asking first for permission to die.

Ep. 49: We Have Only Done Our Duty

Monday, November 11 2019

Military chaplains dedicate their lives to service of the men and women in the Armed Forces. This Veteran’s Day, we look at the life of one military chaplain who could one day be named a saint. We ask what it looks like to discern a vocation to be a military chaplain.

Ep. 48: A New Queen in St. Augustine

Monday, November 4 2019

The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine will be elevated as a National Shrine next year. This week on CNA Newsroom, editor Carl Bunderson shares the story of the shrine, its recent elevation, and one woman who credits her most recent pregnancy to Our Lady of La Leche’s intercession.