Hannah Brockhaus

Hannah Brockhaus

Hannah Brockhaus is Catholic News Agency's senior Rome correspondent. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and has a degree in English from Truman State University in Missouri.

Articles by Hannah Brockhaus

Youth, discernment Pope's pick for next synod theme

Oct 6, 2016 / 08:00 am

The theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops has been released, and will focus on how to best teach the faith to young people and help them to discern God's will for their lives.

Who benefits from sports? Everyone, Pope Francis says

Oct 5, 2016 / 12:40 pm

The beauty and joy found in sports, whether playing or watching, is something that benefits and unites everyone, regardless of religion, ethnic group, nationality, or disability, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

The Church must be close to Caucasus nations, Pope Francis says

Oct 5, 2016 / 05:05 am

On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both nations will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their independence from the Soviet regime.

Pope Francis says religious harmony in Azerbaijan must continue

Oct 2, 2016 / 06:20 am

In a meeting with political leaders Sunday, Pope Francis praised the peaceful relationship among Catholics, Muslims, Orthodox, and Jews in Azerbaijan, criticizing those who use God as a defense in religiously-motivated violence.

Disabled youth perform special dance for Pope Francis in Georgia

Oct 1, 2016 / 07:54 am

Pope Francis was treated to a special presentation Saturday when young people, including several disabled youth in wheelchairs, performed traditional dances for him during his papal visit to Georgia Saturday.

Pope to Georgian Catholics: imitate St. Therese's 'little way'

Oct 1, 2016 / 00:52 am

It’s important to follow the example of St. Therese's “little way,” trusting in God and his consolation with the faith a small child, Pope Francis said Saturday, which marked the feast of the young saint and Doctor of the Church.

Pope Francis to Georgian Orthodox: Christ's love unites us

Sep 30, 2016 / 07:42 am

God's love and our unity in Christ are what enable us to overcome conflict and disagreement, and to spread the Gospel – which is what bears spiritual and artistic fruit, Pope Francis said in Georgia on Friday.

Spreading hope, trust, the center of next World Communications Day

Sep 29, 2016 / 07:10 am

Announced Thursday, this year's World Day of Social Communications will focus on the theme of spreading hope and trust in the “Good News” of Jesus Christ and salvation.

Memory of Shimon Peres should inspire peace efforts, Pope says

Sep 28, 2016 / 07:57 am

Upon learning about the death of Shimon Peres Wednesday, Pope Francis sent a telegram offering his condolences and his appreciation for the former president of Israel's tireless efforts for peace and the common good.

From homeless to meeting the Pope – a story of inspiration

Sep 27, 2016 / 15:33 pm

Tanya Cangelosi never imagined that she would one day be bringing homeless people on pilgrimages to Rome. And Shyla Montoya never thought that she would someday go on a pilgrimage to Rome.

Pope Francis: Feeling hopeless? Don't drink - pray!

Sep 27, 2016 / 13:32 pm

Feelings of spiritual desolation, or a lack of will to live, should be combated with prayer, not with sleeping pills or alcohol – things that only distract us from the problem – Pope Francis said Tuesday.

Pope Francis: The truth can't be forced on people

Sep 25, 2016 / 06:33 am

God is shared with the world through love and authentic relationships, not by forcing the truth on people, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Love can be only response to evil, Pope tells attack survivors

Sep 24, 2016 / 08:49 am

Pope Francis met with survivors of the Nice, France terrorist attack on Saturday, urging them to respond with forgiveness and love. 

The Vatican is changing how it verifies miracles

Sep 23, 2016 / 10:03 am

Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday.

How Catholics brought women's equality to a Cameroon clan

Sep 21, 2016 / 14:03 pm

A region of Cameroon that traditionally believed women to have no value now sees them as equal to men, thanks to a lay Catholic apostolate in the area.

Former Southern Baptist to become next head of Louisiana diocese

Sep 21, 2016 / 10:46 am

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop David Prescott Talley, currently auxiliary bishop of Atlanta and a former Baptist, to serve as the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria.

Do something about forced migration, cardinal exhorts UN

Sep 20, 2016 / 12:05 pm

The Vatican Secretary of State pleaded Monday for an increased commitment from the international community in addressing the root causes of forced migration, particularly those which are man-made, such as war and arms trading.

In Assisi, Pope Francis slams 'paganism of indifference'

Sep 20, 2016 / 09:38 am

In efforts for peace, indifference is the greatest sickness of our time, Pope Francis said at an interreligious summit in Assisi on Tuesday.

Cardinal Parolin to visit Colombia for signing of peace accords

Sep 19, 2016 / 23:04 pm

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin will visit Colombia Sept. 26 to mark the signing of a long-awaited peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC rebels.

Bring people Christ's mercy, Pope Francis tells new bishops

Sep 16, 2016 / 12:10 pm

Like the Good Samaritan in the parable, you have been called to show the mercy of God to the men and women God has placed in your path, Pope Francis said to a group of new bishops on Friday.