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77: Cheers to Summer Break!
Jul 2 • 30 min
CNA Newsroom is going on summer vacation! We’ll be back in six weeks. But before we go, share a six-pack with us. Six segments - all about the 4th of July. This episode originally aired in July 2019. Show notes: frassatiusa.org/…
76: Discovering God’s Plan
Jun 29 • 31 min
The story of Jim McNulty, a Catholic who was held hostage in 2010 at the Discovery Network headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Jim developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident. He founded a Catholic support group for other victims of…
75: Atom and Eve
Jun 22 • 27 min
Dr. Francis Collins of the NIH talks about the race to find a COVID-19 vaccine, and his Christian faith. Does the Catholic Church oppose science? A chemist shares her conversion story. Show notes:…
74: ‘We Shall Overcome’
Jun 15 • 33 min
Hear the inspiring stories of Sr. Thea Bowman and Fr. Augustus Tolton. Show notes: https://www.fspa.org/content/about/sister-thea-bowman https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/sr-thea-bowmans-cause-for-canonization-could-open-at-us-bishops-meeting-82957…
73: “I can’t breathe”
Jun 8 • 32 min
Black Catholics react to the death of George Floyd, give advice for how Catholics can respond in faith and hope, and talk about their own experiences of racism. Show notes:…
72: Paradigm Shift
Jun 1 • 41 min
Hear the stories of people whose lives took a dramatic and unexpected turn from what they were before— and often became better than those people could ever have imagined. Show notes: https://jenniferfulwiler.com/jen-fulwiler/ http://iwasinprison.org/…
71: More than just recycling
May 26 • 37 min
It has been 5 years since Pope Francis published his encyclical, Laudato si’. A lot of people still think about it as the pope’s encyclical about recycling, air conditioning, or global warming. Pope Francis does write about those things, but his…
70: JPII, who were you?
May 18 • 37 min
On May 18, 1920, in a town southwest of Krakow, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla was born. Biographer George Weigel and a former Swiss Guard detail the legacy of this great pope. An Italian mountaineer talks about the years he spent skiing and hiking with St.…
69: Pilgrims’ (Perilous) Progress
May 11 • 39 min
We share three stories of pilgrimages with unexpected outcomes. A group travels to the Holy Land as the coronavirus reaches pandemic levels; a proposal gone wrong on the Camino de Santiago; and a life-changing accident on a pro-life pilgrimage across the…
68: Saintly Superheroes
May 4 • 26 min
Nearly four decades ago, Marvel produced several religious-themed comic books, including a comic about the life of Pope St. John Paul II. On this episode of CNA Newsroom, we criss-cross the globe to bring you the story of how— and why— one of the world’s…
67: City of Angels
Apr 27 • 30 min
Did angels carry the house of Our Lady from Nazareth to Italy? Why is the second largest city in the United States named after the angels? Find those answers and more on this week’s episode of CNA Newsroom. Show notes:…
BONUS: Full conversation with Chris Arnade
Apr 20 • 51 min
In this bonus episode, Catholic News Agency’s Editor-in-chief JD Flynn interviews author and photographer Chris Arnade about his book “Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America.” This is a companion piece to Ep. 66 of CNA Newsroom.…
66: Death Row and the Back Row
Apr 20 • 25 min
Bishop Richard Stika tells the story of the time St. John Paul II intervened in the life of a man on Missouri’s death row. Photographer and author Chris Arnade travels the US to share the stories and faces of ‘Back Row America’.…
Ep: 65: Waiting for Conversion
Apr 16 • 35 min
JD Flynn talks with his mother about her conversion. We talk to people affected by the delay of sacraments due to the coronavirus pandemic.
64: Keep Palm and Carry On
Apr 6 • 29 min
A palm supplier in Florida talks about the impact of the coronavirus on his business; a priest in Maine comes up with a creative solution to the cancelation of Palm Sunday Mass; and our producer shares his experience of Palm Sunday Mass at a parish for…
63: Listen at Your Leisure
Mar 30 • 36 min
We talk with several Catholics about leisure — what it is, and why it matters. Show notes: http://darwincatholic.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/McCormickProf/status/1241830229959675904 https://roseharrington.com/…
62 ½: Coronavirus Comes to America
Mar 24 • 40 min
We ask how priests in the US are navigating Mass cancellations; a homeless shelter in Washington continues its life-saving ministry to the poor; the coronavirus’ impact on 12-step recovery programs; and the time Mary protected a St. Louis school from a…
62: Italy in the time of coronavirus
Mar 23 • 23 min
We look to Italy for the first of a two-part series on the impact of the coronavirus. CNA’s Rome correspondents Hannah Brockhaus and Courtney Mares share personal essays detailing their experiences living under lockdown in Rome. A former member of the…
61: The Church and disabled Catholics (Part 2)
Mar 16 • 29 min
Regina Maria has severe autism. Her dad, Jeff, talks about her diagnosis and their Catholic faith. An expert talks best practices for sacramental prep for children with disabilities. Show notes:…
60: The Church and disabled Catholics (Part 1)
Mar 9 • 25 min
Fr. Matthew Schneider talks about his diagnosis of autism. We ask how the Catholic Church can better serve Catholics with autism and take a look into sensory-friendly Masses in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Shownotes:…
59: Where’s the beef
Mar 2 • 27 min
Benedictine nuns who run a cattle ranch in Northern Colorado; Vegetarianism and the pro-life ethic; D.C. correspondents Matt Hadro and Christine Rousselle taste-test Burger King’s Impossible Whopper. D.C. correspondent Christine Rousselle is our guest…
58: Saints of the Swamp
Feb 24 • 30 min
The Diocese of Lafayette has officially opened the causes for canonization of two Louisiana Catholics; and recognized a third candidate for canonization. Senior Features Writer Mary Farrow is our guest host. Show notes:…
It’s us. Not you.
Jan 20 • 2 min
We need to take a little break. We’re still hard at work chasing down interviews and producing the best journalistic, Catholic storytelling podcast out there. But we won’t have any new episodes until February 24, the Monday before Ash Wednesday. In the…
57: Abortion regret — and redemption
Jan 13 • 22 min
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.…
56: 20- Cabernet + Myrrh + Baptism- 20
Jan 6 • 23 min
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…
55: And After 8 Days…
Dec 30, 2019 • 23 min
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…
54: The Unlikeliest of Friendships
Dec 16, 2019 • 34 min
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…
53: Kringle v. Krampus
Dec 9, 2019 • 31 min
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. Shownotes: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-nicholas-of-myra-75…
52: Here Comes Emmanuel
Dec 2, 2019 • 30 min
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.…
51: A Very Catholic Thanksgiving
Nov 25, 2019 • 34 min
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…
50: Prepare to Die
Nov 18, 2019 • 35 min
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…
49: We Have Only Done Our Duty
Nov 11, 2019 • 33 min
Military chaplains dedicate their lives to serve 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…
48: A New Queen in St. Augustine
Nov 4, 2019 • 20 min
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…
47: Burning Love
Oct 28, 2019 • 24 min
Catholic teaching on the “cleansing fire” of purgatory is perhaps one of the Church’s spookier beliefs. This week, we visit the world-famous “Purgatory Museum” in Rome and talk to theologians and experts about what the Church teaches about purgatory and…
46: Borderlands
Oct 21, 2019 • 31 min
The number of Central American and Mexican migrants crossing the southern border into the United States has slowed to a trickle, but in terms of helping families in need, Catholic groups at the border know there is still much to be done. This week on CNA…
45: And You Visited Me
Oct 14, 2019 • 26 min
The number of people in prison in the U.S. has grown by a factor of five since the 1970s. An estimated 5 million children have a parent in prison. This week on the podcast: stories of former inmates who found God, and men who have given over their lives…
44: Let’s Stick Together
Oct 7, 2019 • 26 min
From 2015-2017, the divorce rate in one Florida county dropped by nearly one-third. This week on CNA Newsroom, writer Mary Farrow tells the story of how a coalition of churches helped to make that happen— and whether the rest of the country can follow…
43: Newman’s Own
Sep 30, 2019 • 29 min
Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized October 13. This week on CNA Newsroom, we talk about Newman’s life and witness; and the miracle that secured his canonization. Show notes:…
42: The Loneliest Episode (Part 2)
Sep 23, 2019 • 29 min
The population of Americans aged 65 and older will more than double by the year 2060. In this second part of our two-part series on loneliness, we look at why seniors are lonely and how we can help. Show notes:…
41: Our 9/11 Episode
Sep 16, 2019 • 21 min
Retired Colonel Anita Raines and Fr. Kevin Madigan of New York share their experience of September 11, 2001. Show notes: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-brutal-powerful-911-stories-of-catholic-priests-57009…
40: The Loneliest Episode (Part 1)
Sep 9, 2019 • 27 min
A July report by YouGov suggested millennials are the loneliest generation, with higher rates of loneliness than both Generation X and Baby Boomers. We talk with two millennials about loneliness and explore why millennials are so lonely - and how the…
39: If we make a clip show, do we still get paid?
Sep 2, 2019 • 35 min
Happy Labor Day everyone! This week, we celebrate working by not really doing any work. In this episode we showcase three of our favorite segments from the first 38 episodes of CNA Newsroom— a discussion with the author of “The Beer Option;” comedian…
BONUS: JD Flynn’s full interview with Elias Moo, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Denver
Aug 27, 2019 • 31 min
This is JD Flynn’s full interview with Elias Moo, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Denver. This interview was edited and included in Ep. 38 of CNA Newsroom.
38: Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic…and Religion
Aug 26, 2019 • 32 min
JD Flynn is joined by two very special co-hosts in this ‘Back to School’ episode. We talk with the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Denver, Elias Moo. We profile a classical school in Denver and a Catholic trade school in…
37: True Facts about the ‘Lion of Münster’
Aug 19, 2019 • 24 min
Blessed Clemens August von Galen is remembered as the ‘Lion of Münster’ for his fierce defense of the Catholic faith and human rights during the Nazi regime. Show notes:…
36: A Pretty Big Assumption
Aug 12, 2019 • 23 min
The Assumption of Mary is one of the Church’s newest dogmas. How did this come about, and why do we believe it? We assume you’ve asked these questions, so we dug into the theology behind the Assumption and also bring you the story of how one woman came to…
Announcement from the ‘Editor’s Desk’
Aug 8, 2019 • 2 min
We are excited to announce that CNA Newsroom is expanding! We’ve created a second podcast feed for our new show, “CNA Editor’s Desk,” and provided links below. This new feed is where we’ll post the episodes formerly known as “Bonus Episodes.” Don’t worry—…
35: Don’t Knock it ‘til you try it
Aug 1, 2019 • 22 min
Ever since the first Christians began converting pagan temples into churches, Catholics have been adapting worldly things to serve a higher purpose. We bring you the stories of three creative modern-day Catholic adaptations: an old-school dating service,…
34: Upon this Rock
Jul 25, 2019 • 22 min
Producer Jonah McKeown visits the Chapel on the Rock at Camp St. Malo near Estes Park, Colorado. Pope St. John Paul II visited the chapel and hiked the grounds around it in 1993, when he visited Denver for World Youth Day. Jonah explores St. Malo’s rich…
33: Fulton Sheen: A Life Worth (Re)living
Jul 18, 2019 • 25 min
This week on CNA Newsroom: renowned American theologian and media star Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and the amazing miracle attributed to his intercession, which Pope Francis officially recognized earlier this month. Shownotes:…
32: Bless me Father for I have sinned
Jul 11, 2019 • 24 min
This week, we’re talking about the sacrament of Confession. We’ll tell the story of St. John Vianney, whose devotion to this sacrament brought thousands of people back to the Church in the 19th century— and whose incorrupt heart recently completed a 7,500…
31: A July 4th Six-Pack
Jul 3, 2019 • 28 min
Six segments - all about the 4th of July. You’ll hear about the Italian blessed whose feast day falls on July 4, the Catholic who signed the Declaration of Independence, liturgical guidelines for Independence Day, a Catholic who has been out of the…
30: A Stigmata in Michigan
Jun 27, 2019 • 30 min
This week on CNA Newsroom: the story of Michigan grandfather Irving “Francis” Houle. Irving received the stigmata— the wounds of Christ on the cross— and he could one day be officially recognized as a saint in the Catholic Church. This is a story of…
29: Lord God of Hosts
Jun 21, 2019 • 26 min
Why can’t celiacs use gluten-free hosts? Can germs spread by sharing the cup at Mass? And where does the bread used at Mass come from, anyway? This week, in honor of the feast of Corpus Christi, we asked the questions you never thought to ask about the…
28: Bishops in Baltimore
Jun 17, 2019 • 46 min
Archbishop Jose Gomez and Bishop Robert Deeley talk about the US bishops’ meeting in Baltimore last week. Editors JD Flynn and Ed Condon analyze the meeting. For more information:…
27: ‘Every time I feel the Spirit’
Jun 6, 2019 • 23 min
Cardinal Raymond Burke and seminary professor Ralph Martin talk about the Holy Spirit and how it is at work in the world - and the Church - today. We explore a Pentecost tradition at St. John Cantius Parish in downtown Chicago. For more information:…
26: Clerical Abuse Survivors Speak
May 30, 2019 • 21 min
James Grein, a man who was serially sexually abused by Theodore McCarrick, shares his story. We also talk with Teresa Pitt Green, a survivor of clerical sex abuse who is working to bring healing to the Church through her organization Spirit Fire. For more…
25: His name was Kendrick Castillo
May 23, 2019 • 19 min
Kendrick Castillo gave his life to protect his friends when he jumped into the line of fire to stop a school shooter on May 7, 2019. He was the only casualty in the shooting at STEM High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Show notes:…
24: Seventy Times Seven
May 16, 2019 • 35 min
This week, we talk about forgiveness with a woman who lost most of her family in the Rwandan genocide, a survivor of clerical sex abuse, and the mother of an American journalist beheaded by ISIS. Shownotes:…
23: I raised a saint
May 9, 2019 • 24 min
The story of a teenage computer wiz— who may soon be a saint. As told by the person who knew the late young man best, his mother. Happy Mother’s Day. Show notes: http://carloacutis.com/…
22: The Stairs that St. Joseph Built
May 1, 2019 • 25 min
This week we investigate a mysterious piece of architecture in New Mexico and profile a nonprofit organization in New Jersey that helps low-income renters buy their own homes. Shownotes:…
21: When Ryan met Jesus
Apr 18, 2019 • 28 min
We bring you the conversion of Ryan Prasad, who dealt drugs, went to prison, and now finds himself living for Christ.
20: Rumor Has It
Apr 11, 2019 • 25 min
We talk with Fr. Thomas Petri O.P. and a Catholic psychologist about why we gossip. Then, we tell the story of a time when gossip had a fatal consequence. Show notes:…
19: The Chocolate (News)room
Apr 4, 2019 • 30 min
Emily Stimpson Chapman reads an excerpt of her book “The Catholic Table”. Producers Jonah McKeown and Kate Veik visit Stargazer Fine Chocolates in Denver. Jonah McKeown takes a closer look at the lives of cacao farmers. Shownotes:…
18: The Pirate Nun
Mar 28, 2019 • 30 min
EWTN’s Catherine Hadro, Debbie Cowden and Fr. John Paul Mary share their memories of EWTN’s late foundress Mother Angelica, in honor of the third anniversary of her death. Paul Darrow talks about how Mother Angelica changed his life forever. Show notes:…
17: Beeracles! Lent, drinks, and Catholic culture
Mar 14, 2019 • 32 min
We talk with Dr. Jared Staudt and Dr. Michael Foley about the role alcohol can play in evangelization and an Iowa man who did a Lenten beer fast modeled after that of 17th-century monks. Shownotes:…
16: It’s Lent- “God bless the muskrat, for she is a fish”
Mar 7, 2019 • 26 min
Matthew Schmitz of First Things details some unusual foods you’re allowed to eat during Lent. Fr. Timothy Laboe and Dr. Edward Peters explain how it came to be that Catholics in Detroit eat muskrat during Lent. By popular demand, Deputy Editor-in-chief…
15: A nun, a comic, and an Iranian walk into the Church
Feb 28, 2019 • 37 min
This week on CNA Newsroom, we’re talking converts! We interview three converts to the Catholic Faith: Sister Brittany Harrison, comedian Jeremy McLellan and journalist Sohrab Ahmari.
14: China Pt. 2 - Chen Guangcheng’s great escape
Feb 22, 2019 • 23 min
Here’s the story of Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese human rights activist who was imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese government for speaking out, who made a harrowing escape from the Chinese, and made his way to the U.S. He did all of this while being…
13: What’s the deal with the China deal? Pt. I
Feb 14, 2019 • 28 min
China is fertile ground for the Christian faith — but clashes with the Communist government make this one of the hardest countries in the world to be a Christian. Join us this week for the first of two episodes about the Church in China. (02:36) CNA’s…
12: The +Daly Show, with Sen. Ben Sasse and Virginia moms
Feb 7, 2019 • 31 min
(3:26) Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) speaks with D.C. Correspondent Christine Rousselle about New York and Virginia’s radical abortion agendas; his efforts to legally protect the unborn; and the future of the pro-life movement in the U.S. (7:08) We hear the…
11: A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
Jan 31, 2019 • 29 min
Reporter Mary Rezac interviews producer Jonah McKeown and social media director Ursula Murua about their experience at World Youth Day in Panama. Producer Kate Veik connects with Rome correspondent Courtney Grogan about their recent trip to Portugal and…
10: Hey there, Daleiden
Jan 24, 2019 • 37 min
Deputy Editor-in-chief Michelle La Rosa talks with David Daleiden, producer Kate Veik talks with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers about the life of the first black Catholic priest in the U.S, Father Augustus Tolton, and a few of us sit down with Father Mike…
9: Podcast Vitae
Jan 17, 2019 • 26 min
Michelle La Rosa asks what would really happen if Roe v. Wade was overturned, Jonah McKeown looks into a push to legalize assisted suicide in New Mexico, and a family shares their story of adoption.
8: “Jesus, the pope, my mom, the cashier at Chick-fil-A”
Jan 10, 2019 • 30 min
JD Flynn and D.C. Editor Ed Condon discuss the ongoing clerical sex abuse crisis. Producer Jonah McKeown profiles a unique center for homeless men in Washington D.C. Reporter Mary Rezac reviews the self-help book - and New York Times bestseller - “Girl,…
7: A Texas Catholic’s service in Uganda; a Catholic event tour; we investigate top donors
Jan 3, 2019 • 24 min
A young Catholic from Texas who is doing some incredible work in Uganda. Perry West recaps some of the Catholic events around the U.S. that he covered last year. And a new voice on the podcast; Kevin Jones, a long-time investigative journalist at CNA,…
6: California wildfire recovery; Fr. Woody giveaway; chart-topping Benedictine nuns
Dec 20, 2018 • 28 min
We talk to a parish in Chico, California about its efforts to support victims of the recent wildfires. Our producer Jonah McKeown looks into a unique Christmas program in the Archdiocese of Denver - and the man who inspired it - and finally CNA’s managing…
5: The March for Life; Our Lady of Guadalupe; a Florida woman’s battle
Dec 13, 2018 • 26 min
We ask March for Life president Jeanne Mancini what she’s most excited about for the event next month. In honor of this week’s feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we share one Florida woman’s battle to preserve a painting of Guadalupe. We also speak with…
4: Starbucks blocks pornography; a Byzantine Advent; Disney princesses and canon law
Dec 6, 2018 • 29 min
Reporter Perry West explains Starbucks’ decision to block pornography use on its public WiFi. Producer Kate Veik interviews a priest about how Byzantine Catholics prepare for Christmas. CNA’s editors J.D. Flynn, Michelle La Rosa and Carl Bunderson, and…
3: The late Bishop Morlino; California wildfire recovery; an update on the U.S. abuse crisis
Nov 29, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode of CNA Newsroom, editor-in-chief J.D. Flynn talks with the chancellor - and friend - of the late Bishop Robert Morlino. Reporter Jonah McKeown looks into recovery efforts at a California parish destroyed in a wildfire. Flynn, managing…
2: Sister Thea Bowman; Thanksgiving in Rome; serving refugees on the southern U.S. border
Nov 21, 2018 • 33 min
In this Thanksgiving episode of CNA Newsroom, we’ll share with you stories of perseverance and generosity. You’ll hear about the life of Sr. Thea Bowman, a Franciscan who advocated for racial equality in the late 20th century - and who could soon be…
1: In Baltimore, U.S. bishops seek consensus on sex abuse crisis
Nov 15, 2018 • 29 min
On this episode of CNA Newsroom, your host J.D. Flynn reports from the USCCB fall meeting in Baltimore. The bishops were expected to vote on two measures meant to address the sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Church, but they were thrown a curveball by the…
Introducing CNA Newsroom
Nov 12, 2018 • 0 min
Introducing CNA Newsroom, a new podcast from Catholic News Agency. This podcast will give you special access to our editors and reporters - and Catholic news that matters each week. You can find all our news at www.catholicnewsagency.com.