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

Youth are dying for a challenge – give them one, US bishops told

Nov 10, 2014 / 11:46 am

Young people are “crying out” for a challenge, and the Church must answer through saintly witness, the apostolic nuncio to the United States insisted to the nation's bishops on Monday.

Seismic court ruling affirms link between marriage, kids

Nov 7, 2014 / 17:16 pm

Defense of marriage advocates lauded a major 2-1 decision by a federal appeals court that noted the importance of children and sexual complementarity in upholding state laws defining marriage.  

Don't claim Pope Francis for your own agenda, Kasper says amid controversy

Nov 6, 2014 / 20:41 pm

In the wake of an intense Synod on the Family, a leading voice supporting admission to Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics said different sides on Church debates should not use Pope Francis' words to bolster their own agenda.

Did an out-of-touch abortion stance cause Democrats to lose the Senate?

Nov 5, 2014 / 20:08 pm

In the wake of momentous losses for U.S. Democrats on Tuesday, one group said the party’s abortion stance may be isolating voters and hindering candidates on both sides of the issue.  

Will Catholics determine the outcome of the 2014 election?

Nov 4, 2014 / 14:56 pm

The 2014 mid-term election is more about the economy and malaise with government than issues traditionally pertinent to Catholic voters, one political expert said.  

How the Catholic vote could sway Alaska's crucial Senate race

Nov 3, 2014 / 17:30 pm

As two candidates, both of them Catholic, vie for a U.S. Senate seat in Alaska, Church leaders are trying to inform the electorate of where they stand on crucial moral issues.

Want to bolster families? Return to Gospel concepts of freedom, fidelity

Oct 31, 2014 / 01:04 am

The Church must work to strengthen the family by helping couples practice Christian concepts of virtues if it wishes to “open wide the doors to Christ” in the vision of St. John Paul II, the head of the Knights of Columbus said on Wednesday.

How one cardinal proposes to correct ignorance of marriage's nature

Oct 30, 2014 / 14:50 pm

According to the Archbishop of Washington, the recent Synod on the Family worked to address the challenge that many young people today don’t fully understand the nature of marriage.

Want to prevent threats like ISIS? Religious freedom key, official says

Oct 27, 2014 / 16:35 pm

Promoting religious freedom abroad is vital for U.S. national security interests in preventing the rise of threats such as ISIS, said the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday.  

Educate, legislate, fund: three responses to Down syndrome

Oct 27, 2014 / 01:06 am

In order to halt the abortion of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome, much must be done for education, research, and legislation to help parents choose life, a panel of experts has said.

Two flawed candidates? Catholics mull over voting options

Oct 24, 2014 / 12:55 pm

In an election where all political candidates hold problematic positions, Catholic voters may choose “the lesser of two evils,” cast a protest vote, or simply not vote, one U.S. bishop has advised, with pro-life groups calling for prudence in making this decision.  

Pregnancy centers, not politics – the future of the pro-life movement

Oct 24, 2014 / 01:04 am

Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child.

Vindicated: why a maligned Pope will be beatified

Oct 17, 2014 / 16:15 pm

He had the unenviable task of being Pope during a most “tumultuous” era for the Church, but  Paul VI stood “deeply rooted in Christ” through it all, a theology professor has said.

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.