Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro

Matt Hadro is the political editor at Catholic News Agency. He previously worked as CNA senior D.C. correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.

Articles by Matt Hadro

A long vacancy: Controversial religious freedom diplomat takes helm

Dec 15, 2014 / 19:19 pm

The U.S. Senate voted 61-36 on Friday to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as the next U.S. Ambassador at-large for International Religious Freedom.

Congress gets personal as support surges for disabilities act

Dec 11, 2014 / 17:20 pm

Congress got personal at a bipartisan press conference on Thursday, with parents of disabled children sharing their stories to push for a bill that would help some disabled persons save for their expenses.

Prisoners of conscience remembered on Human Rights Day

Dec 11, 2014 / 04:36 am

On International Human Rights Day, advocates drew attention to prisoners of conscience around the world who are being detained for their beliefs.

Conscience rights for DC religious schools threatened by city vote

Dec 10, 2014 / 19:10 pm

The Washington D.C. city council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades.

Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Dec 10, 2014 / 12:36 pm

Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that oversaw 119 detainees between 2001 and 2009.

House overcomes partisan bickering to pass disabilities bill

Dec 6, 2014 / 15:57 pm

After eight years in legislative limbo, a bill helping those with disabilities to save in tax-exempt accounts and still receive federal benefits passed the House overwhelmingly Dec. 3.

Will an ancient Christian culture disappear unless East and West unite?

Dec 5, 2014 / 02:02 am

The East and West must cooperate to save ancient Christian cultures in the Middle East, to secure peace, and to protect humanity as a whole, an expert in Aramaic culture insists.

Church 'crucial' to fighting AIDS; US must keep funding

Dec 1, 2014 / 17:08 pm

The Church’s involvement in fighting AIDS is crucial and it must keep receiving funding from the U.S. for the number of infections to drop, said a health expert with Catholic Relief Services on World AIDS Day.

Law group: Iran nuclear deal should include Christian pastor's freedom

Nov 28, 2014 / 04:11 am

Advocates pushing for the U.S. State Department to demand the release of Christen pastor Saeed Abedini – a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran – remained hopeful after Iranian nuclear talks were extended for six months.  

What the Church can do about the powder keg of US racial tensions

Nov 26, 2014 / 04:52 am

Beneath the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are deep-rooted societal conflicts that are boiling over, say local leaders, and the Church has an opportunity to be at the forefront of reconciliation.  

Reject 'false hope' of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling

Nov 25, 2014 / 10:31 am

The Archbishop of St. Louis rejected violent responses to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who killed a teenager, asking instead for prayer and action to solve underlying community problems.  

Pope's Philly visit will be 'powerful' witness to marriage, bishop says

Nov 24, 2014 / 17:02 pm

Next year’s World Meeting of Families – which Pope Francis has confirmed he will attend – will be a “tremendous catechetical moment” for the Church, affirmed one U.S. archbishop.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

Nov 20, 2014 / 16:41 pm

The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Fight discrimination against pro-life doctors, bishops ask Congress

Nov 20, 2014 / 15:35 pm

The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act.  

Remember the 'least of these' in spending cuts, bishops tell Congress

Nov 18, 2014 / 15:40 pm

As the 113th Congress enters the “lame-duck” session before newly-elected members take office, the U.S. Bishops are urging that a “circle of protection” be enacted around budget programs focusing on the poor.  

How the Church can rebuild from the ashes of the sexual revolution

Nov 18, 2014 / 13:09 pm

Faced with a destructive “new intolerance,” the greatest Christian witnesses could be the very victims of the sexual revolution that created that intolerance, Catholic author Mary Eberstadt predicted.  

Democracy and rights in Burma? Not without religious freedom

Nov 14, 2014 / 15:28 pm

The U.S. must make religious freedom a top priority with Burma if there is hope for the southeast Asian country to make progress as a rights-based democracy, said a leader in religious liberty.  

Pro-life? Then keep immigrant families together, bishops implore

Nov 14, 2014 / 03:49 am

In the wake of the mid-term elections last week, the U.S. Bishops urged Congress and President Obama to work together on timely immigration reform that respects families and human dignity.   

Religious freedom battle 'daunting,' but bishops urged to persist

Nov 12, 2014 / 17:05 pm

The leader of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee encouraged his fellow bishops not to lose heart, but to place their trust in God, in the ongoing battle for religious liberty.  

How one bishop sees marriage as key to 'culture of encounter'

Nov 12, 2014 / 15:15 pm

With marriage in crisis in the modern world, the faithful have a duty to work for its restoration, promoting the ‘culture of encounter’ called for by the Holy Father, said a leading U.S. bishop.