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

The rise of the 'alt-right' – how should the Church respond?

Aug 24, 2017 / 02:02 am

People are probably familiar with white supremacist groups like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan – both of which made an appearance at the violent rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia that shocked the nation and the world.

A brief history of the Catholic Church's fight against racism

Aug 23, 2017 / 02:02 am

Catholic bishops from around the country recently condemned the white nationalism at rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Venezuelan bishop confirms fraudulence of national elections

Aug 8, 2017 / 14:40 pm

The crisis in Venezuela continues to deepen following elections for a Constituent Assembly promoted by President Nicolás Maduro. In its wake, the bishops of the country, supported by the Vatican, have continued to speak out against potential fraud in the elections and to demand an immediate solution.

First human embryos edited in the USA. Here's why it's problematic.

Aug 2, 2017 / 02:04 am

Researchers in Oregon have announced that they have successfully altered genes in a human embryo for the first time in the United States, but Catholic ethicists warn that the procedure was morally objectionable for many reasons.

WYD Unite event brings together youth from across the nation

Jul 26, 2017 / 09:34 am

On one of the hottest days of the year, more than 1,300 young people from around the country gathered together for WYD Unite, bringing together alumni of former World Youth Days as well as pilgrims from at least 52 Catholic dioceses around the nations.

Nation's capital remembers former US Opus Dei head

Jul 24, 2017 / 10:59 am

Catholic figures from Washington, D.C. are remembering the legacy of Fr. Arne Panula, former U.S. vicar of Opus Dei, and a beloved leader, mentor and friend of many throughout the city.  

How should a Catholic bishop tweet?

Jul 12, 2017 / 02:01 am

The Catholic Church may be thousands of years old, but its bishops are rapidly adjusting to the demands of 21st-century communication.

Holy tattoo! A 700-year old Christian tradition thrives in Jerusalem

Jul 9, 2017 / 15:02 pm

In the Old City of Jerusalem it's hard to escape the ancient history that's still alive within its walls.

Will we go to the peripheries?

Jul 4, 2017 / 19:59 pm

Encountering Christ brings with it the responsibility of reaching out to those on the peripheries, Catholic leaders urged their fellow Catholics.

As demographics change, how will the US Church respond?

Jul 2, 2017 / 19:01 pm

The rapidly changing realities of the Catholic Church in the U.S. bring a host of challenges and unknowns, but also great opportunities for evangelization and engagement, said experts at a gathering of Catholic leaders.

An unprecedented Convocation of Catholic Leaders is happening this weekend

Jul 2, 2017 / 13:35 pm

It’s been nearly four years since Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.” But what does it look like to truly live out the Joy of the Gospel in the U.S.?

Fr. James Martin's LGBT book: Where it's strong, where it falls short

Jun 29, 2017 / 12:10 pm

There’s been a lot of chatter about Fr. James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” and given the topic, it’s understandable why.

The bishops have spoken up on two very different issues – and now the Supreme Court will, too

Jun 26, 2017 / 11:38 am

As the Supreme Court wrapped up its latest term on Monday, it agreed to consider a major religious freedom case, as well as the case of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, this fall.

What does it mean to be a 'pro-life' police officer?

Jun 24, 2017 / 02:02 am

“Ultimately, this report is about the sanctity of all human life.”

'I had to flee for my life' – The reality of being a Syrian refugee

Jun 20, 2017 / 09:28 am

Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help with refugee resettlement, aiding those who came in finding housing, clothing and schools in Syria, where he lived.

Nun urges Catholic prayer breakfast attendees to keep the faith

Jun 7, 2017 / 09:43 am

To preserve their future and reveal the life found within the Church, Catholics in the United States must not forget their faith, but should find hope within it.

Cardinal Turkson: Put your faith before your nationality

Jun 2, 2017 / 10:02 am

Vatican experts on human development and social issues challenged Catholics around the world this week to respond with openness and a willingness to confront global issues in a truly Catholic manner.

What your local parish and the new hipster bar have in common

Apr 25, 2017 / 02:16 am

It’s a story seen across the nation – a neighborhood formerly known for rundown houses, empty shops and limited resources now finds flocks of millennials coming to the area’s trellised cafes and bars for brunch and drinks on weekends.  

Feminists and pro-lifers can join forces – and why they should

Apr 22, 2017 / 05:12 am

On a Monday evening in Washington, D.C., well over a hundred women – and a few men too – gathered together to take up some of the most intense questions from earlier in 2017: Can feminists be pro-life? Can pro-life activists be feminists?

Georgetown begins to make amends for 1838 sale of enslaved persons

Apr 19, 2017 / 14:24 pm

One hundred and seventy-nine years ago, two Jesuit priests sold 272 persons at a slave auction. Their families were torn apart: many of them were shipped over a thousand miles to Louisiana, and many more were barred from practicing their Catholic faith by new slave masters.