Mary Farrow

Mary Farrow

Articles by Mary Farrow

En route to US, Pope Francis rejects 'left-leaning' accusations

Sep 22, 2015 / 14:05 pm

On the papal flight from Cuba to Washington, D.C., where Pope Francis held the customary press conference with journalists on board, an Italian reporter posed a particularly tough question.

Move over Donald Trump – Pope Francis' approval ratings are much higher

Sep 21, 2015 / 14:49 pm

Pope Francis can look forward to a warm welcome in the United States this week, from both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans.

Iceland's new bishop inherits a turbulent, fascinating Catholic history

Sep 19, 2015 / 05:03 am

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has appointed Fr. David Tencer, O.F.M. Cap., as bishop of Reykjavik, Iceland.

How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Sep 18, 2015 / 03:02 am

The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Chicago archdiocese appoints Commonweal editor as new director of media

Sep 17, 2015 / 14:58 pm

The Archdiocese of Chicago on Thursday named Grant Gallicho as its director of publications and media, a newly created position. Effective Nov. 1, Gallicho’s duties in his new position will include reviewing the archdiocese’s publications strategy and managing its print and digital properties.

What's the point of education? Bishop Conley has some ideas

Sep 17, 2015 / 03:02 am

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. vividly remembers his father asking him what on earth he planned to do with his English degree.

Women protect humanity against evil, Pope Francis says

Sep 16, 2015 / 10:19 am

Women have a special God-given role in protecting each generation against the evils of its time, Pope Francis said in characteristically off-the-cuff remarks during his weekly Wednesday general audience.

Knock knock. Who's there? Pope Francis, apparently.

Sep 15, 2015 / 03:01 am

The Pope, a priest, and Bill Murray walk into a bar…

Mother Teresa, and the Denver priest who was her kindred spirit

Sep 5, 2015 / 03:01 am

Mother Teresa visited Denver, Colo. twice in the 1980s. Both times, one of her biggest fans was tasked with picking her up from the airport.

Papal pop-by at Roman eyewear shop draws an enthusiastic crowd

Sep 3, 2015 / 14:49 pm

Even the most ho-hum errands become extraordinary if it’s the Pope who’s running them.

The rise of millennial Catholic artists – and here's a chat with one of them

Aug 20, 2015 / 05:02 am

Luke Spehar was an aspiring musician with a girlfriend when he couldn’t shake the feeling that God was calling him to enter the seminary and consider the priesthood.

A gruesome accident, a powerful faith – one Catholic couple's story

Aug 18, 2015 / 03:01 am

It was a cold December day in Nebraska, and Ashley Stevens was riding in a car with four other women.

If you won't help our people stay, help them leave - Catholic bishops from the Middle East

Aug 5, 2015 / 14:01 pm

Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria said Tuesday that while they hope to help their people stay in the Middle East, they also believe those trying to leave are being unjustly discriminated against when applying for United States visas.

State pride, Knights of Columbus style

Aug 4, 2015 / 14:05 pm

The Knights of Columbus kicked off their 133rd annual supreme convention with the usual state-themed flair on Monday in Philadelphia.

Nuns, guns and the Wild West – the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Aug 1, 2015 / 03:03 am

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale.

Exclusive: Essure victims plan hunger strike in front of FDA during Pope's visit

Jul 28, 2015 / 03:02 am

Last month, it looked like the thousands of women who have suffered detrimental side effects from the birth control device “Essure” were finally being heard.   

Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Jul 16, 2015 / 03:02 am

Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force.

Here’s what would happen if America's Catholic outreach disappeared

Jul 14, 2015 / 02:02 am

A few months ago, Erin McCroy was walking the streets of Denver with Murphy, a 20-something missionary with Christ in the City, an outreach for people who are homeless.

Chewed or brewed: A brief history of Popes and coca leaves

Jun 30, 2015 / 15:21 pm

Pope Francis might chew coca leaves – or maybe sip coca tea – during his visit to Bolivia next week, the Vatican has said.

FDA announces additional risks of Essure birth control device

Jun 28, 2015 / 15:39 pm

After receiving thousands of complaints about the adverse effects of the birth control implant Essure, the FDA announced late Wednesday that it has updated the list of risks and complications associated with the device, and that a public hearing would be held Sept. 24 to evaluate the product.