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

US House overcomes initial setback to pass 20-week abortion ban

May 13, 2015 / 17:35 pm

Two years after abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of committing three first-degree murders at his abortion clinic, the House passed a bill Wednesday that effectively bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

May 13, 2015 / 14:41 pm

Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13.

Hopelessness and heroin – what fueled the Baltimore riots and what now?

May 10, 2015 / 16:17 pm

As Baltimore works to recover from riots and protests after the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, the Church is working to reach a wounded community with a long history of pain and little hope.

Prayer breakfast speakers urge supplication for religious liberty, family

May 7, 2015 / 15:23 pm

Prayer is sorely needed as existential threats face faith, the family, and religious liberty in the U.S., Catholic leaders insisted at a prayer breakfast held in the nation's capital on Thursday.

Ahead of National Police Week, DC cardinal honors fallen officers

May 5, 2015 / 16:20 pm

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington called on Tuesday for gratitude to be given to the law enforcement officials who are protecting the order of communities nationwide.

For Catholics in West Baltimore, the only answer to violence is community

May 5, 2015 / 03:54 am

After unrest erupted in Baltimore following the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, Catholics stepped up to restore their communities and pray for peace and justice in their neighborhoods.

International Criminal Court should step up against ISIS, report advises

May 4, 2015 / 13:52 pm

The atrocities committed by the Islamic State require a strong global response, including action by the International Criminal Court, said a prominent religious freedom report April 30.

Washington archdiocese lauds House vote to protect religious liberty – but it may not be enough

May 1, 2015 / 13:44 pm

The House voted late Thursday night to formally disapprove of two laws which religious and pro-life organizations in the nation’s capital say violate their religious liberty.

Will youth inevitably support same-sex marriage? These activists say nope

Apr 29, 2015 / 15:08 pm

Marriage defense advocates of diverse ages and backgrounds rallied outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, calling for the institution of marriage to be maintained.

Supreme Court doesn't tip hand: asks tough questions of both sides in marriage case

Apr 28, 2015 / 14:15 pm

U.S. Supreme Court justices asked tough questions of both plaintiffs and respondents at oral arguments on Tuesday in a possibly landmark marriage case that will probably be decided in June.

Scholars: No legal right to 'gay marriage' in Constitution

Apr 27, 2015 / 15:28 pm

There is no legal right to “gay marriage” in the Constitution, legal experts asserted, and the Supreme Court should not bypass the democratic process and redefine marriage for all 50 states.

A shepherd who smelled like his sheep – Chicago faithful pay final respects to Cardinal George

Apr 25, 2015 / 04:42 am

As Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was laid to rest Thursday, religious and lay members of the archdiocese revered him as a caring shepherd who wouldn’t let cancer get in the way of his ministry.

Leader, son, friend: Cardinal George remembered through the eyes of his superior

Apr 24, 2015 / 03:23 am

A strong leader, yet humble. Approachable, yet not preoccupied with a desire to be liked. A high-ranking prelate and intellectual powerhouse, yet a friend to the poor who embraced the sufferings in his own life.

Marriage march in DC expects diverse, wide-ranging support

Apr 23, 2015 / 02:53 am

People from a variety of faiths and backgrounds will unite in Washington, D.C., April 25 to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the third annual March for Marriage.

International religious freedom bill hopes to fight terrorism, promote security

Apr 19, 2015 / 15:45 pm

A bill boosting promotion of religious freedom abroad could deter terror groups like ISIS, protect vulnerable minorities and foster global security, advocates say.

Don't thwart nuclear agreement with Iran, bishop warns Congress

Apr 14, 2015 / 03:03 am

The head of the U.S. Bishops' international peace committee supports the new framework for Iran's nuclear program and is asking the U.S. Congress not to “undermine” the deal.

Do we really understand Boko Haram?

Apr 6, 2015 / 23:04 pm

Boko Haram gained notoriety last April, by kidnapping some 300 girls from a boarding school in northeast Nigeria. But the militant Islamist group had been active in the country for years, killing thousands since 2009.

Everyone but churches can use NYC schools – will the mayor do anything about it?

Mar 30, 2015 / 15:40 pm

Churches using New York City public school facilities for worship services are in limbo after the Supreme Court declined to review their case against a city prohibition on their doing so.

With #BringBackOurGirls no longer trending, Nigerians aghast at 'inaction' from donors

Mar 30, 2015 / 01:08 am

Almost a year after the terror group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian school girls, humanitarian workers are fighting what they call global inaction in the face of the humanitarian crisis.

Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics join fury over savage killing of Afghan woman

Mar 25, 2015 / 10:57 am

After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious liberty and human rights worldwide.