Summary: Are you looking for a reliable place to find Catholic News, you will find it in the dedicated Catholic News Agency (CNA) app. This app delivers lots of daily content, even hourly, and it divides that content into four major categories: World, USA, Vatican and Americas. As a Canadian, I found it to be a bit USA-centric, but it does balance that with worldwide news, and it doesn’t provide that coverage lightly, there is a lot of content. It connects with the CNA’s social channels as well. This free app will get you connected with news as well as focused documentary type videos, text and audio and video are all here.
The Catholic News Agency app gives you direct access to all of CNA’s content – news stories, columns, faith resources, pictures, and videos. This app doesn’t just strip out the media and provide the text though. As you can see from the screenshots, the images and media play an important role in how the content is presented. This makes it more interesting to read, and definitely more attractive to share.
The app is constantly refreshing content, so the news you read an hour ago will be old news. Because the app is always refreshing news stories for you, you could spend hours on this app, catching up on everything and all things Catholic.
It is important to recognize that this app is more than just a portal to their website. It is more than that. The content has been re-formatted for the app, and the content becomes native. The share buttons on the articles are the native iOS share buttons, so that you are not just clicking a web interface. This is great for emailing, posting to social media like Facebook and Twitter.
Is it Beautiful?
On the iPad, I wound’t say that it is beautiful. The formatting is a little off in the news text area, with the images (this isn’t the case on the iPhone). It is well thought through, the placement of things is divided up, and I like that the content becomes native to the device instead of just being a connection to their website. This says to me that it is valuable to them, and that they have invested time and effort into the app.
The CNA (Catholic News Agency) app is a free app, and their content is solid and there is lots to be had. I am really happy that the categories are divided up, in the news and in the photos. The categories makes it less overwhelming and more manageable especially to share. The app makes the content native to the device, and I didn’t encounter any glitches or code errors (iOS version). I love that it is cross platform, iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod), and Android devices will love to have this app on their screens. I am not a heavy news reader, but I do like to check headlines every few days. If there is a major news event, like a papal visit, World Youth Day (JMJ) the CNA will cover it, and it will be in their app. Having a dedicated news app also allows me to keep the web clutter out, and focus on just the news. It is a LIVE app so it will be constantly checking and pulling data while you use it, so be aware if you don’t have a great data plan. It’s free, and it is available on Android and iOS.
Who is the Catholic News Agency?
Founded in continued response to Pope John Paul II’s call for a “New Evangelization,” the Catholic News Agency (CNA) has been, since 2004, one of the fastest growing Catholic news providers to the English speaking world.
CNA strives to provide free, up-to-the-minute news affecting the Universal Church, giving particular emphasis to the words of the Holy Father and happenings of the Holy See, to any person with access to the internet. CNA takes particular pride in offering free access to its news items to Catholic Dioceses, parishes, and websites in order to increase awareness of the activities of the universal Church and further create a Catholic culture in the life of each of the faithful. Though its focus is spread throughout the world, CNA also keeps a close eye on the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and on news related to the creation of a culture of life.