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

Dead Theologians Society: The ‘memento mori’ youth group

Oct 28, 2019 / 14:12 pm

The incredible story of the Dead Theologians Society.

Relics of Canadian saints stolen from Quebec City's Cathedral

Oct 25, 2019 / 13:30 pm

The Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame in Quebec is working to replace relics of Canadian saints that were stolen after a break-in last month.

Canonization cause opens for Australian woman who was a ‘champion’ of human dignity 

Oct 23, 2019 / 17:00 pm

On Wednesday, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP of Sydney announced the opening of the cause of canonization for Eileen O’Connor, a young Australian woman who founded the order Our Lady’s Nurses of the Poor, also known as Brown Nurses.

Grant offered for creation of artificial wombs to help premature babies

Oct 20, 2019 / 15:01 pm

A university in the Netherlands has been awarded a $3.3 million grant for the development of a working prototype of an artificial womb that will closely resemble biological conditions and aid in the development of premature babies.

New hotline connects women in crisis pregnancies to resources, community 

Oct 17, 2019 / 16:06 pm

When Pamela Whitehead takes a call for LoveLine, a new pregnancy helpline, she listens.

How a miracle through Cardinal Newman saved a mother and baby in a dangerous pregnancy

Oct 12, 2019 / 03:01 am

When Melissa Villalobos first heard about Cardinal John Henry Newman, she had no idea the pivotal role he would play in her life, nor the pivotal role she would play in his cause for sainthood. The Catholic wife and mother from Chicago stumbled into a show about Newman on EWTN “just by accident” in 2000, while she was getting ready for work and ironing her clothes. She was struck by what the show had to say about him.

Why this Franciscan nun is about to run her 10th marathon

Oct 3, 2019 / 11:00 am

Sr. Stephanie Baliga is about to run her tenth marathon. Here's why.

The important legacy of the US' sole Catholic historically black university

Sep 22, 2019 / 15:01 pm

This week the country marked National HBCU Week to recognize the accomplishments of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In robota Christi? Why robots can never be Catholic priests 

Sep 18, 2019 / 15:34 pm

Once a man is ordained a priest for the Catholic Church, he acts, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “in persona Christi capitis”: in the person of Christ the Head.

ND judge nixes law requiring doctors to inform women on abortion pill reversal

Sep 12, 2019 / 17:01 pm

After a North Dakota judge nixed part of a new law requiring doctors to inform their patients about abortion pill reversal, pro-life advocates say they hope the decision will be overturned.

9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

Sep 11, 2019 / 02:28 am

As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II.

Marriage is 'colorblind' but not 'sex-blind', says Catholic author

Sep 5, 2019 / 02:05 am

After a wedding venue employee in Mississippi cited her Christian beliefs in refusing to host the wedding of a mixed-race couple, a Catholic scholar clarified that “marriage is a colorblind institution.”

After Epstein death, theologians discuss suicide, salvation, and the obligations of the state

Aug 15, 2019 / 16:03 pm

CNA spoke with three moral theologians about suicide, on the hope for salvation that the Church holds for those who take their lives, and the obligations of the state to protect prisoners from themselves.

After Philadelphia police shootings, Chaput calls for 'sensible solutions' to violence

Aug 15, 2019 / 14:25 pm

After a standoff between police and a gunman in Philadelphia yesterday, in which six officers were shot, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has praised the work of the responding officers and called for solutions to root causes of violence.

Why the 'fact-checking' of Christian satire worries this Catholic writer

Aug 14, 2019 / 02:01 am

Did you know that Veggie Tales, the beloved Christian cartoon for kids, recently introduced a new character named Cannabis Carl in celebration of recreational marijuana?

What the Church does - and does not - teach about gun control 

Aug 8, 2019 / 16:12 pm

Jordan Anchondo and her husband, Andre were shopping for school supplies for their five-year-old last Saturday morning at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. They were shot and killed by a gunman who opened fire on the hundreds of people in the store.

How one Cambodian refugee found Catholicism through her mother

Jul 30, 2019 / 02:17 am

Phally Budock owes a lot to her mother.

First Nations Canadians celebrate St. Kateri as a bridge between cultures 

Jul 28, 2019 / 04:00 am

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized a saint, was celebrated by First Nations people throughout Canada on her July feast day as an important cultural bridge between Catholicism and First Nations people.

Why some Catholic women say an NFP-shaming article was ‘off the charts’

Jul 25, 2019 / 13:35 pm

NFP, or Natural Family Planning, is an oft misunderstood thing.

A 'wealth' of resources available to St Louis women with unexpected pregnancies

Jul 18, 2019 / 02:01 am

With a law banning abortions after roughly eight weeks of pregnancy and one remaining abortion clinic whose licensure is being debated in court, Missouri has been described as a state “hostile” to abortion.