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

Measles are making a comeback, so what does the Church teach about vaccines?

Jan 29, 2015 / 04:03 am

Disneyland is supposed to be the Happiest Place on Earth, not the place where you contract a highly contagious, once-eradicated disease.

A tale of two cakes: Colorado's far-reaching religious freedom fight

Jan 28, 2015 / 17:02 pm

The battleground for religious freedom is currently the soft, frosted tops of cakes in Colorado.

100 babies: A women's center that helps every step of the way

Jan 25, 2015 / 14:59 pm

Lynn Grandon kept a tally on her desk of how many babies she knew the Denver Lighthouse women’s center had helped bring into this world.  

Catholic and non-Catholic alike; young people swarm for Pope

Jan 18, 2015 / 04:02 am

Harold Ducusin, like many of his peers, traveled several hours to join tens of thousands of other young Filipinos to see Pope Francis at the sports field of Santo Tomas University Jan. 18.

Rain during papal Mass a small sacrifice compared to Typhoon Haiyan

Jan 16, 2015 / 22:45 pm

Hundreds of thousands of people put up with the rain and the wind to attend an outdoor Mass with Pope Francis on Jan. 17 on the Philippine island of Leyte--“ground zero” of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan disaster.

Pro-life event designed with a California audience in mind

Jan 13, 2015 / 19:05 pm

It’s not going to be sunny and 70 degrees in many places in the United States on Saturday, Jan. 17, but it will be in Los Angeles.   That’s why the first-of-its-kind OneLife event will be taking place outside, beginning with a walk for life and ending with a gathering in the park complete with food trucks, talks from both local and national speakers, and a concert.  

Pope Francis: Sri Lankans can learn to live as one family

Jan 12, 2015 / 21:32 pm

Pope Francis has begun his visit to Sri Lanka, voicing hopes for “days of friendship, dialogue and solidarity.”

Beauty in suffering: How one woman is fighting the stigma of therapy

Jan 4, 2015 / 08:15 am

Maura Byrne was terrified to go to therapy for the first time.  

Healing and hope: Newtown's Catholic parish two years after shooting

Dec 14, 2014 / 05:22 am

It was two years ago that Monsignor Robert Weiss rushed to the scene of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, where nine of his littlest parishioners lost their lives, along with 11 of their schoolmates and six staff members.

Little Sisters in court: Don't stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

Dec 8, 2014 / 17:30 pm

The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying.

A look into the rights of child migrants

Nov 29, 2014 / 16:22 pm

In 1999, two teenagers froze to death in the hold of a Sabena Airlines Airbus A330 travelling from Guinea to Brussels.

Pope's visit to Philly will be 'icing on the cake' for family meeting

Nov 17, 2014 / 16:43 pm

After Pope Francis officially confirmed that he will visit Philadelphia next fall for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the trip will be a blessing for the event and the world.  

The deadly cost of population control: India's targeted women

Nov 13, 2014 / 17:30 pm

India's population control policy is under fire after at least 14 women died following botched sterilizations due to negligent medical practices in one of the country’s poorest states, Chhattisgarh.

Brittany Maynard's suicide: A free choice or an expectation?

Nov 7, 2014 / 04:02 am

By now, the world recognizes Brittany Maynard as the media darling of right-to-die advocacy.

Exorcisms on the rise: Occult activity sparks 'pastoral emergency'

Nov 6, 2014 / 04:01 am

Catholic experts say occult activity and the resulting need for exorcisms has reached a critical level.

Pain and growth as Archdiocese of New York reorganizes

Nov 5, 2014 / 15:38 pm

The parishioners at Holy Innocents were relieved to hear that their parish will remain open following concerns that it might be closed in a recent parish consolidation initiative, Making All Things New.  

What now? Grief over Brittany's suicide prompts Christian response

Nov 3, 2014 / 17:17 pm

After typing a final Facebook message, Brittany Maynard ended her own life at home in Oregon surrounded by family.

Supreme Court halts parts of Texas abortion law, but it's not over yet

Oct 15, 2014 / 15:59 pm

Backers of a 2013 Texas law which strengthened health and safety requirements for the state's abortion clinics will continue to support the law as it winds through the court system, following a temporary block of some portions of the law.

Polish bishops join voices of concern over synod midterm

Oct 14, 2014 / 12:03 pm

The Polish bishops' conference voiced concerns Monday over the interim report released by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Here's why Church teaching on 'gay marriage' did not change today

Oct 13, 2014 / 15:59 pm

The Catholic blogosphere exploded Monday after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops released a document summarizing last week’s discussion.