Mary Farrow

Mary Farrow

Mary Farrow worked as a staff writer for Catholic News Agency until 2020. She has a degree in journalism and English education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Articles by Mary Farrow

How Muhammad Ali inspired hope in those who suffered

Jun 6, 2016 / 16:09 pm

On January 19, 1981, in Los Angeles, Muhammad Ali talked a man down from jumping off a ninth-floor fire escape, an event that made national news.

How the beauty of Bach's music evangelized Japan

Jun 2, 2016 / 16:12 pm

Several years ago, a Lutheran theologian and former Japanese newspaper correspondent uncovered an unusual phenomenon in Japan.

A young woman chose to be euthanized, and the reason why is awful

May 15, 2016 / 15:00 pm

A Dutch woman in her 20s was euthanized after her mental health condition was declared “insufferable” by a team of doctors and psychiatrists in the Netherlands, according to recently released reports from the Dutch Euthanasia Commission.  

Why Pope Francis' visit matters to Armenians

May 13, 2016 / 15:45 pm

Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia this summer comes at a poignant time in the country’s history.

Mary statue in California appears to weep miraculous tears

May 11, 2016 / 15:50 pm

A statue of the Virgin Mary in Fresno, Calif. appears to be weeping miraculous tears, according to witnesses.

Is this really about women's health? The ACLU's latest tiff with Catholic hospitals

May 10, 2016 / 15:21 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union's claims that Catholic hospitals are denying emergency care to pregnant women in the U.S. is not about healthcare – it's about forcing religious groups to perform abortions, critics say.

Being pro-life never used to mean being Republican

Apr 12, 2016 / 02:28 am

“(W)hen it comes to issues like abortion, amnesty, and acid, I’m about as liberal as your grandmother. I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far.”

India's foreign minister reassures bishops that Father Tom is alive

Apr 6, 2016 / 16:29 pm

After rampant rumors spread of the crucifixion of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian government official told the nation's bishops on Saturday that the priest is alive and that they are working on ensuring his safe and quick return.

Fight in Italy over saint's jewels 'completely misleading'

Mar 13, 2016 / 15:02 pm

Reports that the valuable treasure of St. Januarius will be placed in the hands of the Vatican rather than the city of Naples are inaccurate, says a monsignor who oversees the assets.

Satanist ploy fails in Phoenix as city council reinstates prayer

Mar 3, 2016 / 15:35 pm

After a heated debate last month, the decision to replace public prayer with a moment of silence at Phoenix City Council meetings has been reversed.

For papal theologian, freedom is defining factor in US Church

Mar 1, 2016 / 11:28 am

“What can the Church in the United States offer the Universal Church and the world?”

A tale of Satanists and political maneuvering in Arizona

Feb 9, 2016 / 16:07 pm

Even though the Satanists lost, they won.

Bizarre details emerge as 'fake priest' gets busted in LA

Feb 4, 2016 / 16:39 pm

For months, Erwin Mena donned vestments, called himself “Padre,” and convinced Southern California Catholics that he was a priest, police say.

Beyond the classroom: How one Catholic school puts care for creation into action

Feb 4, 2016 / 03:03 am

The Chicago area didn’t get the piles of snow that much of the rest of the country did this week, to the disappointment of students and staff at Holy Family Academy.

Is the March for Life still relevant?

Jan 21, 2016 / 15:02 pm

It was an event that wasn't supposed to have anniversaries.

Can film be sacred art? For one Catholic, the answer is a resounding 'yes'

Jan 13, 2016 / 10:01 am

When T.J. Berden and his film crew set out to produce “Full of Grace,” they knew they wanted to do something different.

Why one bishop is putting tabernacles back in the center of churches

Jan 8, 2016 / 03:03 am

When Bishop Robert Morlino arrived as the new bishop for the Diocese of Madison, Wis. in 2003, he began quietly encouraging priests to promote more reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament – through more adoration, more reverent Masses, and moving tabernacles back to the center of churches.

Can fear be overcome? A cultural event explores the question

Jan 7, 2016 / 07:01 am

It’s not hard to think of a myriad of reasons why people today might be afraid.

The new celibacy: How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

Jan 3, 2016 / 08:49 am

One of music artist John Mayer's most signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain:

Meet the man behind the mysterious Eye of the Tiber

Jan 2, 2016 / 15:09 pm

If you’re a Catholic on Facebook, or the internet in general, chances are SC Naoum has made you laugh. Or he’s made you angry.