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

Why God can tell you what will happen, but your astrological sign cannot

Dec 4, 2018 / 16:48 pm

The Bible is full of prophecies regarding future events, that typically come from God through angels or prophets.

How a 'messy family' can be a holy family

Dec 2, 2018 / 12:00 pm

When Mike and Alicia Hernon started their podcast on marriage and family in 2015, they didn’t think anyone would listen, outside of their family and maybe a few close friends.

What’s the difference between crystals and relics?

Nov 30, 2018 / 03:22 am

To the outside viewer, crystals are pretty rocks.

Free Catholic school tuition offered to kids displaced by Camp Fire

Nov 27, 2018 / 18:52 pm

After 17 days of scorching more than 150,000 acres in northern California, the Camp Fire - one of the states deadliest and most destructive wildfires on record - has finally been contained.

Sr Thea Bowman's cause for canonization could open at US bishops' meeting

Nov 11, 2018 / 16:01 pm

Sr. Thea Bowman was the first African American woman to address the U.S. bishops' conference. Most likely, she was also the first person to get them to hold hands and sing and sway to a Negro Spiritual.

Norbertines launch digital library from their California abbey

Nov 1, 2018 / 15:16 pm

On any typical weekend, the white cassock-clad priests of the Norbertine order from St. Michael’s Abbey in southern California preach in about 35 parishes, sharing the fruits of their contemplative and communal life with the Church.

Border dioceses prepare to aid migrants heading to U.S. in caravans

Nov 1, 2018 / 03:00 am

Catholic agencies along the U.S.-Mexico border are bolstering refugee aid efforts as thousands of people in multiple migrant caravans continue to trek north through Mexico to the border.

Chinese authorities destroy two Marian shrines despite Vatican-China agreement

Oct 26, 2018 / 13:40 pm

As part of an ongoing crackdown on religious practice in the country, Chinese authorities demolished two Catholic Marian shrines this week. The move comes just one month after the Chinese government signed an agreement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of bishops.

New York friar’s new album says life is a pilgrimage made 'poco a poco'

Oct 24, 2018 / 16:06 pm

Musical inspiration can come from unexpected places - like a Franciscan friar’s struggle to learn Spanish.

Polish priest, martyr and hero: Remembering Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko

Oct 19, 2018 / 15:42 pm

When Communist officials kidnapped and killed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, they likely did not intend to help create a Polish hero, martyr and future saint for the Catholic Church.

Get real: What young religious hope to hear from the youth synod

Oct 18, 2018 / 03:00 am

Tonia Borsellino knows she’s a part of the “one percent” in the U.S. It doesn’t bother her. In fact, she seems proud.

What Catholics learned at V Encuentro, and what they hope their bishops heard

Sep 24, 2018 / 16:19 pm

It’s a difficult time for the Catholic Church, a fact much-discussed at the National V Encuentro conference, a gathering of Hispanic and Latino Catholics from throughout the U.S. that took place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas.

Gomez to Encuentro: Jesus sent disciples, Guadalupe sent Juan Diego, God sends you

Sep 23, 2018 / 10:15 am

At the final Mass of the National V Encuentro gathering, Archbishop Jose Gomez encouraged Hispanic and Latino Catholics to go out into the world and be missionary disciples for the Church, like the many holy lay people before them.

‘We’re brothers and sisters in Christ’: For Encuentro Catholics, immigration is personal

Sep 22, 2018 / 16:09 pm

When Miriam Joyce of the Diocese of Raleigh talks about immigration, her face folds with concern.

Encuentro Catholics ‘heartbroken’ by scandals, but unshaken in faith

Sep 22, 2018 / 05:19 am

While the so-called summer of scandals has hit the Church hard both in the United States and throughout the world, the faith of Catholics at the National V Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas, remains largely unshaken.

US nuncio to Encuentro: Missionaries must first know the joy of Christ

Sep 21, 2018 / 09:57 am

A missionary disciple is one who has encountered Christ personally and is then able to bring him to others, Archbishop Christophe Pierre said Thursday at the National V Encuentro.  

Cardinal 'blanches' while celebrating recurring miracle of saint's liquefied blood

Sep 19, 2018 / 11:01 am

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples usually does not faint at the sight of blood.

As Florence subsides, Catholic Charities in NC ready to offer assistance

Sep 19, 2018 / 02:01 am

While Hurricane Florence has decreased to a tropical depression, it is still churning up tornadoes and bringing record flooding throughout the affected areas.

Gluten and Communion: What's a celiac to do?

Sep 13, 2018 / 02:01 am

On a Saturday morning in July last year, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a circular letter to bishops reiterating existing norms regarding the matter of the Eucharist, including the norm that Communion hosts must contain some amount of gluten to be valid matter for consecration.

Third 'restoration' of Catholic artwork in Spain sparks outrage, hilarity

Sep 10, 2018 / 15:01 pm

In the third known act of egregious artistic restoration of Spanish Catholic art in recent history, a 15th century statue of Christ and Mary has been given a fresh - and loud - coat of paint, simultaneously sparking hilarity and outrage online.