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

Trump met with Christians – so how did it go?

Jun 23, 2016 / 09:07 am

A meeting with Donald Trump in New York City on Tuesday was intended to answer the questions that some Christian leaders have about the presumptive Republican nominee.

Religious sisters dare young women to share their God-given gifts

Jun 11, 2016 / 08:37 am

Young women and religious sisters from around the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. to discover and share their unique talents, training them to use those gifts for the good of the Church and of the world.

'This is my light saber' – Tulsa's new bishop makes his own staff

Jun 8, 2016 / 02:02 am

Deep in the heart of Texas, a campus chaplain is busy making his final spiritual and practical preparations for becoming a bishop.

How a music professor became a papal knight

May 29, 2016 / 04:07 am

Growing up in a modest home in southern California, Leo Nestor never imagined that his love of music would one day lead to him becoming a papal knight.

Resist 'ideological colonization', Cardinal Sarah urges at prayer breakfast

May 18, 2016 / 05:02 am

Speaking in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Cardinal Robert Sarah enjoined Catholics to resist “ideological colonization” and the removal of God from society, in order to help the Church resist threats to the family and religious freedom around the world.

Pro-Woman. Pro-Life. Is there really a contradiction?

May 5, 2016 / 10:01 am

“Women’s liberation.” “Women’s rights movement.” “War on women.” For many, the buzzwords surrounding the intersection of feminism and the pro-life movement call to mind a conflict between the two campaigns. However, for many of those involved in the pro-life movement, pro-life and feminist goals are aligned, not opposed.

A rally, not a dialogue – Georgetown students spurn Cecile Richards’ talk

Apr 22, 2016 / 12:21 pm

Students at Georgetown University said that while a speaking invitation to the head of Planned Parenthood could have been an opportunity for honest dialogue, it was instead nothing more than a platformin favor of abortion and contraception.  

The pain – and surprising beauty – of hospice care for babies

Apr 21, 2016 / 02:01 am

They're the last words any expecting parent wants to hear. But though it's rarely discussed, thousands of couples every year get the news: that their unborn child has a severe, life-threatening condition.

US bishops: don't rush in reading, interpreting Pope's 'love letter' to families

Apr 8, 2016 / 16:08 pm

The United States bishops are welcoming Pope Francis’s new apostolic exhortation, Amoris laetitia, praising the Pope’s call for careful encouragement and support of married life and engagement with families facing challenges.

Divided bench, emotional victims – Supreme Court hears Texas abortion case

Mar 2, 2016 / 15:49 pm

As the Supreme Court heard arguments about a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet higher medical standards, advocates outside the court said the regulations are about protecting women’s health.  

The painful, resilient history of America's black Catholics

Feb 24, 2016 / 03:12 am

For Fr. Stephen Thorne, Black History Month is not only a chance to remember the struggles faced by the African-American community throughout the centuries.

More allegations emerge as Mount St. Mary's controversy boils

Feb 11, 2016 / 15:42 pm

Amid uproar over comparing struggling students to bunnies that should be drowned or shot, Mount St. Mary’s University president is now under fire for criticizing expressions of the Catholic faith at the school.

Catholics crowdsource in hopes of rescuing alleged St. Kateri relic

Jan 30, 2016 / 16:13 pm

Catholic faithful are banding together to help rescue a possible relic of St. Kateri Tekawitha in a strange – and thoroughly modern – way: by using a crowdsourcing internet forum.

What Catholics are doing about Flint's stunning water scandal

Jan 29, 2016 / 03:09 am

“It all started before Christmas. We knew something was wrong with the water.”

Pop Artist. Provocateur. Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?

Dec 31, 2015 / 05:54 am

Chances are you've heard of the phrase “15 minutes of fame.” And you've probably seen the neon-colored canvases of Campbell soup cans or Marilyn Monroe's face – even if you don't know the artist behind them.

New York Archdiocese responds to priest embezzlement claims

Dec 17, 2015 / 06:56 am

The Archdiocese of New York says that it takes seriously accusations in a recent lawsuit claiming that a New York priest embezzled money and maintained scandalous personal habits, while also saying that a diocesan investigation has found nothing to substantiate the allegations.

Meet the families bearing the consequences of environmental change

Dec 13, 2015 / 15:43 pm

For Mary Ann Remocaldo, taking out the trash is not just a simple household chore. Instead, proper waste disposal has meant the difference between living normally and worrying about dangerous floods and diseases.

The 'great secret' of San Francisco's AIDS response

Dec 3, 2015 / 03:12 am

The early days of the AIDS epidemic of San Francisco marked a time of fear, uncertainty and suffering. But amid the anxiety and confusion, those in need of treatment and care found one of their biggest advocates and supporters in the Catholic Church.   

What meeting Pope Francis was like for elementary students in Harlem

Sep 30, 2015 / 14:05 pm

Students and community members in East Harlem were moved, sometimes to tears, by Pope Francis’ words and example during his visit to the New York neighborhood.

Saint Junipero Serra's canonization an 'exciting time to be a Catholic'

Sep 28, 2015 / 10:31 am

Last week's Mass for the Canonization of Saint Junipero Serra, said by Pope Francis, proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who participated in it, and a reflection of the excitement for the Pope's mission.