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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

From bad to worse – religious persecution growing in China

Oct 17, 2014 / 01:09 am

The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  

No secret to sanctity: JPII exhibit teaches universal call to holiness

Oct 10, 2014 / 11:33 am

A state-of-the-art exhibit at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine will show that the late Pope’s example of holiness is for every person, not a privileged few, the shrine’s executive director said.  

The rosary – pray it, don't just say it, priest exhorts

Oct 9, 2014 / 10:56 am

Catholics praying the rosary must rediscover the contemplative nature of the prayer and not just recite it speedily if they wish for it to truly transform their lives, said a Dominican priest in the nation’s capital.    

Catholic health sharing touted as evangelizing alternative to insurance

Oct 8, 2014 / 16:24 pm

The first Catholic health care sharing ministry in the U.S. will promote the “Gospel of Life” in health care, leaders announced at the ministry’s Oct. 2 launch in Washington, D.C.

US bishop: Political will lacking, but Holy Land wants peace

Oct 1, 2014 / 15:14 pm

Christians and Muslims are coexisting peacefully in Israel and Palestine, but the political will for peace is not yet there, said the leader of a recent bishops’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  

Christian groups stand with diocese to protect Seal of Confession

Sep 30, 2014 / 15:44 pm

Nearly 20 organizations, both Catholic and other denominations of Christian, have joined the Diocese of Baton Rouge in asking the Supreme Court to protect a priest from being forced to violate the Seal of Confession.  

Bishops find hope for religious dialogue at Palestinian university

Sep 28, 2014 / 15:07 pm

Reflecting on their recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, U.S. bishops have cited relationships there between Christian and Muslim students as a sign of hope for peace in the region.

Bishop, canonist: Gay unions among sins barring Communion

Sep 25, 2014 / 15:50 pm

The denial of Holy Communion to a same-sex couple who obtained a marriage license is in line with broader Church teaching on public grave sin and the Eucharist, explained a prominent canon lawyer.  

Criticism of abortion funding in health care law spans party lines

Sep 22, 2014 / 23:34 pm

Pro-life Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced condemnation for the findings of a recent report showing that federal subsidies are funding abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act.  

Cardinal O’Malley: Congress must remedy taxpayer abortion funding

Sep 18, 2014 / 01:18 am

The head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee has renewed a call for Congressional action after a new report verified the bishops’ repeated warnings of taxpayer-funded abortion in the Affordable Care Act.  

Defense of all persecuted believers highlighted at DC summit

Sep 16, 2014 / 17:45 pm

Support of religious freedom for all those being persecuted was reiterated at a conference in the nation’s capital following outcry over comments made by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).  

Deluge of criticism after abortion funding revealed in health care law

Sep 16, 2014 / 13:02 pm

Pro-life groups have responded forcefully to a new report finding that despite promises from President Barack Obama, more than 1,000 health care plans under the Affordable Care Act cover abortion.  

Christian leaders prayerfully remember 9/11 at historic summit

Sep 13, 2014 / 16:10 pm

On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Christian patriarchs denounced terrorism and emphasized the need for peaceful unity between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.  

Supreme Court asked to defend Seal of Confession in La. case

Sep 6, 2014 / 06:32 am

The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the Seal of Confession.  

Immigration judges: Deporting children can be a death sentence

Sep 5, 2014 / 03:19 am

Many U.S. immigration cases are effectively life-or-death trials, and the Justice Department should not be fast-tracking deportation hearings for child migrants, said federal judges at a talk in Washington, D.C.  

La. bishop applauds marriage ruling, commits to LGBT ministry

Sep 4, 2014 / 16:02 pm

Following a judge's Wednesday ruling upholding a Louisiana amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, New Orleans' archbishop has affirmed the importance of ministering to persons who identify as part of the LGBT community.

UN intervention against ISIS would fit Pope's call, scholar suggests

Aug 28, 2014 / 16:48 pm

The Pope’s support of international action against attacks by the Islamic State should be met with United Nations intervention, one Catholic professor said.     

Supreme Court halts marriage redefinition in Virginia

Aug 21, 2014 / 10:11 am

The U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex “marriage” licenses in Virginia on Wednesday after a federal appeals court struck down the state’s marriage defense amendment in July.

Interreligious leaders call for two-state solution in Holy Land

Aug 15, 2014 / 15:08 pm

More than 30 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in the United States called for a two-state solution to the Israel-Gaza conflict in a strongly-worded statement issued on Thursday.

Religious, academic leaders call for more US action in Iraq

Aug 14, 2014 / 16:14 pm

Both academic and religious leaders, in the U.S. and abroad, have urged greater U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, which had displaced hundreds of thousands of religious minorities from their homes under threat of death.