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

Reclaiming the human figure – art exhibit uses body, form to evangelize

Mar 24, 2015 / 03:25 am

Can a portrait of a human face evangelize? Curators of a brand-new traveling art exhibit answer a resounding “Yes.”

Pope Francis reaches to Catholic Charities to tap new DC bishop

Mar 20, 2015 / 16:48 pm

With a background in Hispanic ministry and service at Catholic Charities, the newly announced auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C. hopes to help people turn their faith into action.

With laws set to threaten religious liberty in DC, Senate is last legal hope

Mar 19, 2015 / 16:11 pm

With religious freedom under assault in the U.S. capital, the Archdiocese of Washington is rallying behind its “only legislative recourse” left.

March Madness? Put aside that fifth bracket and tackle Church teaching, bishop urges

Mar 18, 2015 / 01:04 am

Many challenges to families need addressing today, including perhaps too much attention given to college basketball’s “March Madness,” and not enough to studying Church teaching.

Two years into papacy, Francis continues path set in first moments

Mar 13, 2015 / 15:31 pm

The infant moments of Francis’ papacy deeply signified what his future mission would be like, reflected Catholics who were present for his election two years ago.

Bishops push for religious freedom protections in adoption, foster care

Mar 12, 2015 / 10:21 am

With increasing pressure on adoption and foster care agencies to act against their religious beliefs, the U.S. bishops are pushing for legislation to protect them.

Don't kill the disabled – Maryland lawmakers warned against assisted suicide bill

Mar 11, 2015 / 15:55 pm

A physician-assisted suicide bill in Maryland preys on those who are vulnerable or disabled, and promotes suicide as an acceptable solution to life’s problems, said critics testifying before the state’s lawmakers.

An exodus with little hope – report finds crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing Syria

Mar 10, 2015 / 16:01 pm

The countries neighboring Syria are swamped with millions of refugees from its civil war which creates special risks for young children, according to a new report by the U.S. bishops.

Lawsuit against national pro-life group dies at the Sixth Circuit Court

Mar 10, 2015 / 14:34 pm

Ruling in favor of a national pro-life group, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a district court’s decision to toss out a defamation lawsuit brought by a former congressman.

Touchdown! Notre Dame scores big on HHS mandate at Supreme Court

Mar 9, 2015 / 11:21 am

In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court nullified a federal court ruling against the University of Notre Dame on the HHS contraception mandate and sent it back for reconsideration by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Big business overreach? Corporations push Supreme Court to legalize 'gay marriage'

Mar 8, 2015 / 14:18 pm

With the Supreme Court set to rule on a potentially far-reaching marriage case this summer, several hundred corporations are pushing for the court to require “gay marriage” recognition nationwide.

Would you recognize 'Homeless Jesus' on a park bench in DC?

Mar 4, 2015 / 04:18 am

A statue of “Homeless Jesus” now sits just outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C., with the organization’s president hoping it will spur passers-by to service.

How Cardinal Tagle thinks the Church can better reach Asian cultures

Mar 3, 2015 / 16:54 pm

Asia poses unique challenges to the spreading of the Catholic faith, and the Church must respond by evangelizing through personal encounters, insisted the leading Filipino cardinal.

Why a new State Department position could spell trouble for religious liberty

Feb 26, 2015 / 18:28 pm

The State Department’s new LGBT special envoy will promote human rights abroad but could also pose a serious threat to religious freedom, said several experts in the field.  

Faith vs. Fashion – Muslim woman spars with Abercrombie in major court case

Feb 26, 2015 / 15:06 pm

When an employer’s hiring standards conflict with a prospective employee’s religious practice, when would the employer be guilty of discrimination for not hiring?

A Middle East without Christians: advocates call for action before it's too late

Feb 25, 2015 / 16:43 pm

Middle Eastern Christian communities face extinction, and the results for the stability and peace of the region would be devastating, said an advocacy group asking Americans to speak out on their behalf.

New religious freedom official: the time for action is now

Feb 23, 2015 / 19:05 pm

The new U.S. religious freedom ambassador wasted no time emphasizing the urgency of his mission as he was sworn in on Feb. 20.  

For Coptic Christians, threat of martyrdom is part of daily life

Feb 22, 2015 / 16:37 pm

The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis.  

Would you die for your ashes? Cardinal reflects on modern Christian martyrs

Feb 18, 2015 / 18:09 pm

Catholics owe solidarity, prayer and a voice against injustice to their fellow Christians being martyred and persecuted around the world, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., stressed on Ash Wednesday.

Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act matters to you

Feb 17, 2015 / 17:20 pm

For the sake of religious liberity, it is vital that the religious rights of corporations – and not just individuals and churches – be upheld under federal law, a legal scholar has said.