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

Catholics shouldn't totally reject human gene editing – but it still has ethical problems

Apr 11, 2017 / 01:50 am

Recent American guidelines for human gene modification have raised important ethical questions, especially with regard to modifying the genes of unborn children and of reproductive cells.

As wave of executions draws near, Catholics in Arkansas pray for an alternative

Apr 9, 2017 / 05:01 am

Even though legal options have run out, Catholics in Arkansas are still pushing back against a wave of eight executions set to start on Easter Monday, April 17.

What Catholic leaders had to say about US missile strikes in Syria

Apr 7, 2017 / 14:20 pm

The Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo expressed regret and disappointment at Thursday’s U.S. missile strikes in Syria, saying he hoped for “a political solution.”

Archbishop Gomez: English wasn't America's first language

Mar 30, 2017 / 02:02 am

In recent months, national debates over immigration and deportation have reached a fever pitch in the wake of President Trump's election.

Baltimore mourns Cardinal Keeler, former archbishop

Mar 23, 2017 / 16:10 pm

Cardinal William Henry Keeler, who was Archbishop of Baltimore from 1989 to 2007, has died at the age of 86, archdiocesan officials say.

Catholic priests, religious face wave of violence in DR Congo

Mar 17, 2017 / 14:39 pm

Following recent attempts at brokering peace between the government and political opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Catholic priests and religious are facing violent backlash around the country.

Is this the solution to Catholics' 'desperate' musical situation?

Mar 10, 2017 / 02:50 am

Hundreds of musicians and pastors from around the world have signed a document urging parishes and publishers should take care to develop the Church’s rich musical traditions, not discard them.

Can we delete death? Transhumanism's lofty goal meets a Catholic response

Mar 9, 2017 / 16:02 pm

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – being able to “upload” our minds to computers to live on after we die, to freeze our bodies only to bring them back in the future, or to pop pills to enhance our mood and intelligence.

Virginia bishops lament veto of bill defunding Planned Parenthood

Feb 22, 2017 / 16:35 pm

The bishops of Virginia's two dioceses on Tuesday decried Governor Terry McAuliffe's veto of a bill which would have redirected state funding away from abortion providers and toward community health centers.

This 200 year-old black Catholic school is a 'gem' in Baltimore's inner city

Feb 21, 2017 / 06:02 am

Nestled among the mix of shiny new storefronts, foreclosed row houses, parks, and public housing, lies what locals call the “gem of East Baltimore:” St. Frances Academy. Perduring the Civil War, social tumult, economic growth and decline in the neighborhood, the 189-year-old Catholic school still operates from the principles of its foundress, Servant of God Mother Mary Lange.

How the Church supports marriages – every step of the way

Feb 14, 2017 / 03:36 am

It’s Valentine’s Day, and in countries across the world, people are focused on love and marriage. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration of – and support for – marriage is not limited to one day, but all year round.

Catholic leaders: Refugee ban actually harms national security

Feb 2, 2017 / 16:37 pm

Rather than protecting U.S. interests, recent executive orders restricting immigrants and refugees could actually pose a threat to national security, warned a group of Catholic leaders on Wednesday.  

'Torture works'? Not really, say former interrogators

Jan 31, 2017 / 06:30 am

Countering claims by some politicians that torture is an acceptable part of the fight against terrorism, experts in ethics and interrogation say that the practice is both immoral and ineffective.

When it comes to choosing abortion, just one person can tip the scales

Jan 26, 2017 / 15:39 pm

Just one decision can have a major effect on future generations, pro-life activists told a group of young people at the March for Life conference in the nation’s capital on Thursday.  

Pro-lifers carve space for themselves at Women’s March

Jan 23, 2017 / 11:52 am

Amid signs proclaiming “Keep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries,” “#IstandWithPlannedParenthood”, and a host of other homemade posters ranging from the snarky to the explicit at the Women’s March on Washington, pro-life women staked a spot in support of women’s dignity – and against abortion.

Pro-life feminists booted from Women’s March sponsorship

Jan 17, 2017 / 16:10 pm

Pro-life feminist organization New Wave Feminists has been removed from the official list of sponsors of the Women’s March on Washington 2017. Support of abortion as a fundamental principle of the upcoming January march has been cited as grounds.

So, abortion doesn't harm women's mental health? The stats disagree

Jan 3, 2017 / 15:29 pm

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that women who get abortions show no signs of increased mental health problems after having an abortion – and that in fact, it's women who are denied an abortion that suffer more greatly.

Who you gonna call (on murky moral issues)? Catholic bioethicists

Jan 1, 2017 / 12:02 pm

What would you do if you're a young medical student who was told that you must participate in abortion in order to get your degree? 

Here's what the Catholic Church has to say about your paycheck

Dec 29, 2016 / 09:51 am

“To defraud anyone of wages that are his due is a great crime which cries to the avenging anger of Heaven.”

This man was 9 years-old when he saw John Paul II get shot

Dec 21, 2016 / 03:01 am

Thirty-five years after Saint John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square, a witness on the from the front rows of the security barricades says that the now-canonized Pope offers an example – and a challenge –   of forgiveness for children who witness violence.