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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.

Articles by Matt Hadro

Texas supreme court rejects defamation lawsuit against Lubbock diocese

Jun 11, 2021 / 15:04 pm

The Texas supreme court on Friday rejected a defamation lawsuit against the Lubbock diocese, filed by a former deacon who disputed the diocese listing him as “credibly accused” of abuse of a minor.

Activists claim US bishops will vote to deny Biden Communion. Here's what their meeting will actually address.

Jun 11, 2021 / 13:15 pm

While some activists claim that the U.S. bishops will be voting next week on denying Communion to President Joe Biden, the bishops will be considering a number of items at their annual spring meeting – none which specifically concern Biden.

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Pell calls for better fiscal accountability at the Vatican

Jun 9, 2021 / 09:00 am

Cardinal George Pell – the former prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy – called for stronger fiscal accountability procedures at the Vatican, in a recent interview with CNA.

‘Eucharistic consistency’: What the US bishops will discuss at their meeting next week

Jun 7, 2021 / 20:01 pm

The U.S. bishops next week will deliberate and vote on whether to draft a teaching document on the Eucharist – despite the recent request of some bishops to delay such a discussion.

Baltimore archbishop tells Catholics to 'make history' on bicentennial of America's first cathedral

May 31, 2021 / 17:45 pm

Baltimore’s archbishop called on Catholics to “make history,” at the bicentennial Mass of America’s first cathedral on Monday, the feast of the Visitation.

Baltimore basilica says perpetual Eucharistic adoration will be focus of its bicentennial

May 28, 2021 / 11:19 am

As a basilica in Baltimore celebrates its 200th anniversary this weekend, its rector says one celebration will stand above the rest – the beginning of perpetual Eucharistic adoration in the city.

How one crisis maternity home is building a culture of life

May 27, 2021 / 17:01 pm

A Missouri crisis maternity home run by Catholic Charities recently celebrated the birth of the 100th baby to its formerly homeless clients.

The pro-life policies that could be gutted in the next federal budget

May 25, 2021 / 11:05 am

When President Joe Biden releases the details of his budget, as he is expected to this week, a number of long-standing pro-life policies could be at risk – including one amendment named after Biden himself.

Controversial La Crosse priest says he will challenge bishop's request to resign

May 24, 2021 / 14:01 pm

Fr. James Altman, a controversial priest of the Diocese of La Crosse who published a viral video statement last year that Catholics cannot be Democrats, said on Sunday that his bishop has asked him to resign as pastor.

Pro-life leader ‘confident’ Manchin will oppose abortion funding in upcoming budget battles

May 21, 2021 / 15:00 pm

One pro-life leader is “confident” that Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.) – a key swing vote in the U.S. Senate – will oppose efforts to fund abortions in the coming fiscal year.

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria

May 14, 2021 / 17:00 pm

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.

Pelosi says she’s ‘pleased’ with Vatican letter to U.S. bishops on Communion

May 13, 2021 / 16:00 pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said she was “pleased” with the Vatican’s recent letter to U.S. bishops on Communion for pro-abortion politicians.

'You don’t negotiate with evil': Former ambassador hopes Vatican reconsiders deal with China

May 13, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The former U.S. religious freedom ambassador hopes that a new report documenting abuses by the Chinese Communist Party will prompt the Vatican to rethink its agreement with China on the ordination of bishops.

HHS Secretary: 'There is no law' against 'partial-birth abortion'

May 12, 2021 / 16:19 pm

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday said that late-term abortions are done to “protect” women’s health, and would not acknowledge an existing federal ban on “partial-birth abortion.”

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

May 5, 2021 / 14:00 pm

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

May 4, 2021 / 15:53 pm

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

Apr 30, 2021 / 04:00 am

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

Apr 7, 2021 / 14:22 pm

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

Apr 7, 2021 / 10:00 am

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

Apr 5, 2021 / 07:00 am

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.