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Ep. 23: I raised a saint

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/ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/venerable-carlo-acutis-a-patron-of-computer-programmers-69517 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/body-of-venerable-teen-exhumed-too-early-to-declare-incorrupt-10239 http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/engl_mir.htm


9 May 2019

Rank #1

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Ep. 33: Fulton Sheen: A Life Worth (Re)living

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: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/archbishop-fulton-sheen-to-be-beatified-10161 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/tags/archbishop-fulton-sheen https://www.osvcatholicbookstore.com/OSVAuthors/BonnieEngstrom https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/p/teaching-with-fulton-sheen.html


19 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Ep. 25: His name was Kendrick Castillo

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: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/no-greater-love----denver-catholics-remember-kendrick-castillo-who-died-in-stem-school-shooting-20922 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/we-all-need-to-be-a-little-more-like-kendrick-friends-and-family-remember-stem-hero-21993 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-young-man-with-a-big-good-heart-stem-hero-kendrick-castillo-laid-to-rest-95223


23 May 2019

Rank #3

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Ep. 54: The Unlikeliest of Friendships

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. Shownotes: https://jmp.princeton.edu/statement https://www.amazon.com/Pope-Who-Would-King-Emergence/dp/0812989910 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/for-antonin-scalia-faith-and-work-did-not-conflict-50816 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/podcast/cna-editors-desk


16 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Ep. 50: Prepare to Die

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. Shownotes: https://sjhospicelondon.com/about-us/ https://www.epcc.ca/ https://www.ccbi-utoronto.ca/ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/canadian-bishops-keep-palliative-care-distinct-from-assisted-suicide-37915 http://supremacyandsurvival.blogspot.com/


19 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Ep. 55: And After 8 Days. . .

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.Shownotes:https://www.sacredarchitecture.org/articles/spiritual_exercises_muzianos_circumcision_altarpiece https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/how-catholic-art-saved-the-faith https://nds.edu/staff-members/gregory-vall-ph-d/ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/bible/introduction-to-the-new-testament/galatians https://www.amazon.com/Catherine-Siena-Spiritual-Development-Teaching/dp/0809145472 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-irreverent-curiosity-david-farley/1112035537?ean=9781101104972&st=PLA&sid=BNB_ADL+EBooks+Generic+Desktop+Medium&sourceId=PLAGoNA&dpid=tdtve346c&2sid=Google_c&gclid=Cj0KCQiAovfvBRCRARIsADEmbRJ16aaG20vqRzEWlLlNU68Te1DV...


30 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Ep. 27: 'Every time I feel the Spirit'

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:http://www.renewalministries.net/?module=Home https://www.natl-cursillo.org/ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/tags/holy-spirit


6 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Ep. 52: Here Comes Emmanuel

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. https://www.spencerabbey.org/ https://spencerbrewery.com/ http://www.morinelliphotography.com/ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/tags/brother-guy-consolmagno https://philosproject.org/ https://benedictinesofmary.org/


3 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Ep. 32: Bless me Father for I have sinned

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 mile journey around the United States. We’ll answer some common questions and misconceptions about confession. And we’ll detail a California bill, which was withdrawn this week, but would have required priests to violate the seal of confession. Show notes: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/knights-of-columbus-announce-st-john-vianney-relic-tour-75444 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-feast-of-saint-john-vianney---a-model-for-priests-57699 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/california-confession-law-dropped-31494 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/these-priests-were-martyred-for-refusing-to-violate-the-seal-of-confession-44847 https://www.kofc.org/en/events/vianney.html#/Schedule


12 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Ep. 53: Kringle v. Krampus

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 http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11044a.htm Anchor.fm/CNAdeutsch


9 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Ep. 22: The Stairs that St. Joseph Built

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:https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/feast-of-st-joseph-the-worker-471 http://www.sjcscamden.org/ https://web.pa.msu.edu/cmp/csc/eprint/DT262.pdf https://www.rdrnews.com/2018/07/08/did-frenchy-the-dog-canyon-cattleman-build-the-miracle-staircase-in-santa-fe/ https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/experts-consider-miracle-stairs-in-santa-fe-s-loretto-chapel/article_ef483b1f-6cc2-5cd9-93e8-9e7c1d3d56f7.html


1 May 2019

Rank #11

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Ep. 40: The Loneliest Episode (Part 1)

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 Church can respond. Show notes: https://today.yougov.com/topics/lifestyle/articles-reports/2019/07/30/loneliness-friendship-new-friends-poll-survey http://www.jeantwenge.com/igen-book-by-dr-jean-twenge/ https://www.chicagotribune.com/real-estate/ct-life-where-millennials-are-moving-20190504-story.html


9 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 47: Burning Love

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 how it applies to our lives. Shownotes:https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/apologetics/purgatory/purgatory-the-purifying-fire https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/have-souls-in-purgatory-visited-people-on-earth-67916 St. Gertrude Prayer for Souls in Purgatory: “Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”


28 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Ep. 24: Seventy Times Seven

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:https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/twenty-years-after-rwandan-genocide-church-helps-bring-healing https://mgoretti.org/ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/saint-maria-goretti-calls-us-to-be-witnesses-of-forgiveness-19175 https://mariagoretti.com/ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/another-resignation-at-snap-as-controversy-continues-93810 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/prayer-a-stronghold-in-life-death-of-catholic-journalist-james-foley-22401 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-sends-letter-of-condolence-to-family-of-james-foley-43169 https://jamesfoleyfoundation.org/


16 May 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 26: Clerical Abuse Survivors Speak

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 information:https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/mccarrick-abused-youth-during-confession-lawyer-charges-95617 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/mccarrick-laicized-by-pope-francis-31512


30 May 2019

Rank #15

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Ep. 35: Don’t Knock it ‘til you try it

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, a food truck, and a skateboard company. Show notes:https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/what-is-the-knock-shrine-that-pope-francis-will-visit-in-ireland-46663 https://loveyourmotherboard.com/ https://capuchins.org/2018/10/18/unveiling-a-new-food-truck-ministry/


1 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Ep. 21: When Ryan met Jesus

We bring you the conversion of Ryan Prasad, who dealt drugs, went to prison, and now finds himself living for Christ.


18 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Ep. 31: A July 4th Six-Pack

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 country the past several years for the Fourth of July, a historic basilica in Virginia, and a very special sixth segment.Show notes: https://frassatiusa.org/ https://eppc.org/ https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/rebuilt-from-the-ashes-the-story-of-an-american-basilica-75959 https://www.amazon.com/Charles-Carroll-Carrollton-Faithful-Revolutionary-ebook/dp/B07H71BSTY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=charles+carroll+of+carrollton+faithful+revolutionary&qid=1562177191&s=gateway&sr=8-1


4 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 43: Newman’s Own

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: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-approves-second-miracle-for-blessed-john-henry-newman-87278 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/blessed-john-henry-newman-to-be-canonized-in-october-13-80392 https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/look-to-newman-for-an-education-in-friendship-catholic-students-told-81728


30 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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

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.Show notes: https://www.holyroodguild.com/https://www.rlv.wine/


6 Jan 2020

Rank #20