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

As Year of Mercy ends, Holy Doors close around the world

Nov 13, 2016 / 13:09 pm

As Holy Doors close in churches and basilicas around the world, including in Rome, it is estimated that over 20 million people participated in the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican – and a billion people may have participated in churches worldwide.

What's most important? God and our neighbor, Pope says

Nov 13, 2016 / 09:19 am

The reality that everything in this world is passing shouldn’t frighten us, Pope Francis said, but instead it should strengthen us to place our trust completely in Christ, recognizing that what is truly important endures: the Lord and our neighbor.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Hong Kong

Nov 13, 2016 / 05:17 am

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung Coadjutor Bishop of the diocese of Hong Kong, the Vatican announced Sunday.

Pope Francis: the Church's mercy is for everyone

Nov 12, 2016 / 09:01 am

Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims about how the mercy of God is for everyone, and how through the Church, we are all called to embrace and include everyone in the Body of Christ.

Pope tells homeless greater solidarity is found in poverty than wealth

Nov 11, 2016 / 10:29 am

After hearing testimonies from two homeless men Friday, Pope Francis spoke off-the-cuff about the dignity and solidarity that can be found in poverty, but which is often lacking in situations of wealth.

Unity is not the same as uniformity, Pope Francis says

Nov 10, 2016 / 08:25 am

On Thursday, Pope Francis spoke about Christian unity and ecumenism, specifically what they are not. Namely, they aren’t about uniformity or the total absorption of one religion by another, but instead consist of a common communion in Christ.

We have to meet people where they are, Pope Francis says

Nov 9, 2016 / 06:30 am

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that in order to be more like Jesus, we must not be indifferent to others, but rather meet people where they are and show mercy to those in need, especially the sick and imprisoned.

What is a leader, really? A servant, Pope Francis says

Nov 8, 2016 / 10:22 am

During Mass at the Vatican Tuesday, Pope Francis warned that the desire for power and money is an obstacle which keeps us from God, and that true freedom can only be found when we serve others.

Pope Francis lauds women religious in fight against trafficking

Nov 7, 2016 / 15:07 pm

Pope Francis met in Rome with a unique group involved in the fight against human trafficking, where he noted the particular contributions of women religious, which often go unnoticed.

Reported bishop ordinations in China not authorized by Holy See

Nov 7, 2016 / 08:45 am

A statement made by the Vatican on Monday declared that unverified reports of bishop ordinations taking place within the so-called “underground Church” in China had neither the authorization of the Holy See, nor had they been officially communicated.

Anyone could be forced to migrate, Pope says in latest prayer video

Nov 4, 2016 / 07:37 am

In his most recent prayer video, Pope Francis focuses on migrants, refugees and countries who assist them, stressing that it's possible for anyone to be placed in a situation forcing them to leave home.

Pope honors deceased bishops, says death unites us more fully in Christ

Nov 4, 2016 / 05:36 am

Reflecting on the faithful work of the bishops and cardinals who have died in the past 12 months, Pope Francis said Friday that death does not separate us, but in fact unites us more closely in the Body of Christ.

Pope calls on religions to condemn acts of terrorism, violence

Nov 3, 2016 / 05:03 am

Pope Francis spoke to representatives of different religions Thursday, telling them that acts of terrorism and violence must be very clearly condemned, while love and mercy – the heart of authentic religion – must be promoted.

Pope Francis at cemetery: Christ gives us hope – even in death

Nov 2, 2016 / 09:57 am

While it's sad to think about our own death or that of a loved one, we can never be truly hopeless because of Christ's resurrection, Pope Francis said on All Souls day at a cemetery outside of Rome.

Pope Francis reiterates a strong 'no' to women priests

Nov 1, 2016 / 09:36 am

During a press conference Tuesday aboard the papal plane from Sweden to Rome, Pope Francis said the issue of women priests has been clearly decided, while also clarifying the essential role of women in the Catholic Church.

With God alone Christian unity is possible, Pope says in Sweden

Oct 31, 2016 / 10:34 am

Hours after landing in Sweden Pope Francis said that without God we can do nothing, but with him Catholics and Lutherans can work toward greater unity – not in order to forget the past, but to heal it so all Christians can be better witnesses of God’s mercy.

Pope prays for central Italy after second major earthquake

Oct 30, 2016 / 05:01 am

Sunday Pope Francis expressed his nearness to everyone affected by an earthquake which hit central Italy Sunday morning, asking for the Blessed Virgin Mary to watch over them.

To stop human trafficking, look at root causes, survivor says

Oct 27, 2016 / 14:26 pm

Helping the victims of human trafficking is not enough – we must go to the root to solve the problem, said one survivor at an event with Pope Francis on Thursday.

Rome's poor to be guests of honor at Vatican concert

Oct 26, 2016 / 09:48 am

The Vatican will host a concert for the poor and homeless of Rome next month, not only using the concert to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, but also inviting the poor to attend as the guests of honor.

To welcome the stranger is to welcome Christ, Pope Francis says

Oct 26, 2016 / 04:09 am

When we perform the corporal works of mercy – specifically welcoming the stranger in the form migrants and refugees – we are welcoming Christ in them, and helping to restore their full dignity as humans, Pope Francis said Wednesday.