Adelaide Mena

Adelaide Mena

Adelaide Mena was the DC Correspondent for Catholic News Agency until 2017 and is a 2012 graduate of Princeton University.

Articles by Adelaide Mena

Bishops welcome efforts to defend unborn child of undocumented teen

Oct 23, 2017 / 14:21 pm

Texas' bishops have welcomed the decision of an appeals court delaying the government-assisted procurement of an abortion by an undocumented teenager who is under federal custody in the state.

Government must allow abortion for undocumented teenager, judge rules

Oct 19, 2017 / 11:50 am

In a controversial decision, a U.S. district judge ruled that the government must facilitate an abortion for an undocumented teenager under federal custody in Texas. The federal government has appealed the ruling, asking for a stay on the judge’s order.  

Central Americans fleeing violence can't return home yet, bishops warn

Oct 18, 2017 / 16:04 pm

As a temporary immigration permit program for families fleeing violence in Honduras and El Salvador is set to expire, the U.S. bishops warn that requiring immigrants to return to unsafe countries is unjust.

US bishops call for health care protection for the most vulnerable

Oct 17, 2017 / 05:04 am

In the wake of an executive order issued by the Trump administration halting federal assistance for certain insurance plans, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that helping to protect low-income persons and the vulnerable is of the utmost importance.

Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

Oct 16, 2017 / 20:45 pm

A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate.

'No science' behind transgender therapy for kids, doctors warn

Oct 15, 2017 / 14:57 pm

Children who struggle to match their gender identity with their biological sex should not be pushed into transgender therapies, but given treatments that help treat the underlying cause of the dysphoria, said doctors in the field.

Why did Twitter reject this pro-life ad?

Oct 10, 2017 / 13:52 pm

A political advertisement for pro-life Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has been blocked by Twitter for statements about Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts for medical research.

Robert George reflects on Trump admin's latest religious liberty moves

Oct 9, 2017 / 14:59 pm

Two sets of announcements by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services issued Friday both promise to broaden religious freedom protections in the United States.

Why this young woman spoke up against 'Men for Choice'

Oct 8, 2017 / 15:02 pm

Men are often told they have no voice in the abortion debate, yet an ongoing program, “Men for Choice”, seeks to amplify the voices of men in order to support abortion.  

Pro-life leaders: Life has value. Always.

Oct 4, 2017 / 14:42 pm

All life is valuable – especially those who are suffering, urged speakers at a recent pro-life program at Georgetown University on Monday. Their lives deserve care and accompaniment, even in the most trying of times, the experts said.

Love Saves Lives: Theme of the 2018 March for Life

Oct 3, 2017 / 15:00 pm

Organizers of the March for Life issued the 2018 theme for the pro-life demonstration on Tuesday, and a challenge to pro-life advocates everywhere: “Love Saves Lives.”

Baptist theologian: Fr. Martin's ideas 'require a total redefinition of doctrine'

Sep 28, 2017 / 16:47 pm

A Baptist theologian, Dr. Albert Mohler, has claimed that Fr. James Martin’s teaching on sexuality is “an entire re-orientation of the Catholic faith.”

Could this bill put an end to Down syndrome abortions in Ohio?

Sep 26, 2017 / 16:08 pm

An Ohio bill hopes to stop abortions undertaken solely because an unborn child has Down syndrome.  

How do we heal racial tensions? Start by admitting errors, US bishop says

Sep 25, 2017 / 15:12 pm

To address the longstanding racial divide within the United States – and within the Catholic Church in the country – Catholics should learn more about the history of that divide, and honestly engage with that history, and with others attempting to tackle similar issues themselves.

How Christians can accompany those with same-sex attraction

Sep 19, 2017 / 15:09 pm

Have compassion and empathy: especially for those dealing with struggles which are different than yours.

Fr. James Martin disinvited from speaking engagement over protests

Sep 16, 2017 / 09:53 am

Fr. James Martin, S.J., an editor at America magazine, has been disinvited from speaking at the Theological College, a seminary affiliated with the Catholic University of America, following pressure from online-based groups. 

What are the Vatican’s next steps in the child porn case?

Sep 15, 2017 / 15:49 pm

What happens when Vatican City State diplomats commit crimes? The recent recall of a Vatican diplomat from the U.S. Nunciature in Washington, following suspicions of child pornography possession brings together both the workings of the criminal justice system at the Vatican and international diplomatic law.

What the bishops say about politics matters – and here's why

Sep 13, 2017 / 14:14 pm

Catholic moral theologians have responded to Steve Bannon's accusation that the U.S. bishops are economically motivated in their stance on immigration, calling the former White House chief strategist “rash” in his take on the issue.

A bioethicist's take on child cancer treatment that uses gene therapy

Sep 7, 2017 / 02:02 am

A new genetic modification therapy designed for treating pediatric leukemia is a promising development, said a Catholic bioethicist.

Sci-fi, fantasy – and faith? A look inside the 'Christian ComiCon'

Aug 31, 2017 / 02:02 am

Inside a Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the middle of Washington, D.C., self-described “geeks” decorated the meeting hall to look like the “Lantern Waste” of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia.