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

Muslims and Christians in Burma still face persecution, US officials warn

Dec 14, 2016 / 16:50 pm

Rohingya Muslims in Burma, as well as Christians, face continued persecution, destruction of homes and places of worship, and threats to their lives, human rights organizations are warning.

Texas law will make it easier to retrieve miscarried babies for burial

Dec 9, 2016 / 11:54 am

A regulation in Texas going into effect this month gives mothers and families the right to know about their child’s burial, and gives unborn babies who die the opportunity for a respectful burial – regardless of the circumstances of their death.

The hilarious, fake candidate who won Catholic Twitter

Nov 11, 2016 / 06:02 am

While Donald Trump has unequivocally won the U.S. presidency, the 2016 election race remains one of the most divisive in recent history.

What does the Catholic Church say about voting?

Nov 7, 2016 / 10:10 am

As Americans across the country prepare to step into the voting booth tomorrow, what are the most important principles for Catholics seeking to form their consciences according to Church teaching?

How Justice Scalia suffered the 'contempt of a sophisticated world'

Nov 1, 2016 / 19:03 pm

Catholics in Washington, D.C. recently paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – both for his life of faith, and how he stood firm in his beliefs amid criticism from the cultural elite.

Don't exploit death of Italian woman to push abortion, ethicist says

Oct 26, 2016 / 05:01 am

The tragic death of a mother in Italy after late-term pregnancy complications and miscarriage is being pinned on the doctor’s refusal to perform a late-term abortion, despite appearances that the mother died of complications of the miscarriage.

Why there's hope for Catholic liturgical music

Oct 20, 2016 / 11:03 am

For decades, there's been concern in many corners of the Church that Catholic music is in crisis.

The role of Catholics in fighting police aggression

Oct 18, 2016 / 02:25 am

C. Matthew Hawkins stood frozen with fear as the update crackled through the police car radio: the suspect in question is white and 5-feet, 7-inches tall. Hawkins, now a Catholic seminarian who happens to be 6-feet tall and black, was grateful for the news.

Leaked emails show Clinton campaign head discussing 'revolution' against bishops

Oct 12, 2016 / 16:08 pm

In a leaked email hacked from a private account, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign appears to discuss with a progressive figure whether it is possible to “plant the seeds of the revolution” against the U.S. bishops and their stances.

DC leaders discuss protection, justice for ISIS victims

Sep 23, 2016 / 14:46 pm

With ISIS continuing to threaten vulnerable populations in Iraq and Syria, more action is needed to protect victims and offer justice before it’s too late, said human rights leaders this week.  

Why Catholic thinkers say the push for contraception is stale

Sep 21, 2016 / 15:03 pm

Modern-day imperialism. Harmful to women. A failed promise. These are the ways that leading Catholic scholars described contraception – and said the Church is right to warn against it.

Christians in Nigeria are essentially 'target practice' – here's one bishop's response

Sep 16, 2016 / 05:29 am

For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day.

Georgetown announces steps to make amends for 1838 slave sale

Sep 6, 2016 / 10:51 am

Nearly 200 years after hosting a slave sale on campus in order to pay off school debt, Georgetown University has announced its intention of making amends to the descendants of those impacted by the sale, as well as to the broader community.

How the Church is fighting Zika virus in the US

Sep 1, 2016 / 02:15 am

With Zika virus reaching the continental U.S. in recent weeks, scientists are scrambling to find a cure and a vaccine. Meanwhile, the local Church is stepping up to help protect the most vulnerable populations.  

Fragment of Christ's Cross stolen from California church

Aug 23, 2016 / 14:41 pm

A fragment from what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, stolen from its home beneath a picture. It’s a story one would associate with medieval legends or a Dan Brown novel.

The fascinating (and problematic) history of athletes doping

Aug 18, 2016 / 02:02 am

As the world's eyes are on Rio de Janeiro for last days of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the topic of performance-enhancing drugs has also jumped back into the spotlight amid several high-profile controversies.  

Where are the values at the Republican National Convention?

Jul 21, 2016 / 15:58 pm

As the 2016 Republican National Convention draws to a close, some Catholics are concerned about a perceived lack of priority given to pro-life, marriage, and religious freedom issues in the GOP.

Republican Party takes anti-porn stance – but is it hypocritical?

Jul 20, 2016 / 13:14 pm

It merited only one paragraph in the 2016 GOP platform, but the party’s stand against pornography is drawing commendation from all sides, not only conservatives and Catholics.

What Catholics have to say about the GOP platform

Jul 19, 2016 / 15:26 pm

The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions.  

The story behind the Catholic Church in the United States

Jul 4, 2016 / 11:22 am

Both the Catholic Church and the tradition of religious freedom can trace their roots in the United States to the earliest days of the founding of Maryland, says a new documentary premiering on EWTN over the Fourth of July Weekend.