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Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro is the senior D.C. correspondent at Catholic News Agency. He previously worked as a CNA correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.

'Demographic earthquake'? U.S. fertility rates fall again to record-low levels

The U.S. fertility rate fell by 4% last year to its lowest recorded level, new federal data published on Wednesday revealed.

Church fire in Northern France reportedly contained

A fire broke out on Monday evening at Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church, in Lille, France, and has reportedly been contained.

Why 'disappointing' Census numbers are such a concern

New Census numbers show the U.S. had its slowest decade of population growth since the Great Depression - and experts say this confirms a pre-existing downward trend. 

Cardinal Dolan implores Catholics to return to Sunday Mass

In a column for the archdiocesan newspaper on Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York implored Catholics to return to Sunday Mass during the Easter Season.

White House: Pope Francis has said there’s a ‘moral obligation’ to get vaccinated

President Joe Biden on Tuesday called on Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying that Pope Francis has called vaccination a “moral obligation.” However, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) stated in December that vaccination against COVID-19 is not a moral obligation – a statement that was approved by Pope Francis.

One year later: How D.C. Catholic Charities is serving the most vulnerable during COVID-19

A year after the coronavirus pandemic forced closures of businesses and sent the national unemployment rate soaring, Catholic Charities D.C. is still serving the most vulnerable in the nation’s capital.

‘Heroes’ and ‘villains’: The history of Catholic college basketball and race relations

In the history of Catholic college basketball and race, there are both “heroes” and “villains,” said one author of a new book on Catholic college basketball programs.

Cardinals uphold Vatican statement on same-sex unions

Two cardinals on Thursday upheld the Vatican’s recent statement that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions.

The congresswoman who was almost aborted

The youngest Republican female member of Congress says her mother’s courageous decision to choose life is a narrative the pro-life movement needs more of.

Vaccine hoarding, or pandemic prudence? The ethics of holding onto not-yet-approved vaccines

As the Biden administration refuses to send unused doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, ethicists discussed Catholic thought on just vaccine distribution.

This Catholic family is asking Fulton Sheen’s intercession for a second miracle

A Catholic couple in Peoria, Illinois, is asking for the intercession of hometown hero Ven. Fulton Sheen to save the life of their unborn son.

How a new executive order would promote gender ideology and silence free speech at schools

A new executive order could promote gender ideology in public and some private schools while affecting both the privacy of women and the intellectual freedom of children.

Catholic scholars: Covid vaccines can be received 'without fear of moral culpability' for abortion

A statement by pro-life, Catholic scholars published Friday says that the four major COVID-19 vaccines are not only acceptable to use, but also are themselves morally equivalent.

Why Christians hope Pope Francis’ visit will bring a ‘reset’ for Iraq

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq is hoped to bring a “reset” for the country, said one U.S. religious freedom advocate who has visited the region multiple times in recent years.

'Open the doors again': One advocate urges nursing home visitation to resume

The U.S. must consider increasing regulated in-person visitation of the elderly in nursing homes, one advocate for elder care told CNA.

Senate committee splits on Becerra confirmation

The Senate Finance Committee was divided on the confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Wednesday.

Biden mentions Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows rosary beads, in meeting with Mexican president

President Joe Biden cited Our Lady of Guadalupe and displayed his rosary beads in a conversation with the president of Mexico on Monday.

Female athletes can’t be silent when forced to compete with males, attorney argues

Girls cannot be silent when forced to compete against biological males in athletics, one attorney argued on Friday.

House passes Equality Act, which bishops warned would ‘punish’ religious groups

The House on Thursday passed the Equality Act, a bill that the U.S. bishops have warned would trample religious freedom protections while codifying gender ideology in federal law.

HHS nominee won’t say if parents can refuse child’s gender transitioning

A nominee for assistant health secretary on Thursday wouldn’t say if government officials can intervene when parents refuse their child’s gender transitioning.