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

Pope names Mexican-born priest as new auxiliary bishop of Denver

Aug 25, 2016 / 06:45 am

On Thursday, Pope Francis appointed Mexico native Fr. Jorge Rodriguez, former professor and Vice-Rector of St. John Vianney Seminary, as a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Pope Francis taps DC auxiliary as the new Bishop of Memphis

Aug 23, 2016 / 02:58 am

On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named Martin D. Holley, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Washington D.C. and an advocate of minority issues, as the new Bishop of Memphis, Tenn.

Pope Francis names American as new Vatican ambassador to Guinea Bissau

Aug 22, 2016 / 03:10 am

On Monday Pope Francis appointed U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea Bissau, marking the latest in a string of American nuncio appointments so far this year.

Pope Francis voices solidarity, closeness to victims of Portugal fires

Aug 16, 2016 / 09:42 am

On Tuesday, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the damage done by wildfires raging on the Portuguese island of Madeira, entrusting the victims to the intercession of Our Lady and offering his closeness to their families.

Archbishop Cheenath, defender of India’s persecuted Christians, dies at 81

Aug 16, 2016 / 05:08 am

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, who lived through one of the worst Christian persecutions in modern India and spent the remainder of his life fighting for justice for those who suffered in the Kandhamal massacre, died Sunday at the age of 81.

Former prostitutes get special visit from Pope Francis

Aug 12, 2016 / 10:15 am

Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest ‘Mercy Friday’ initiative during the Jubilee.

Muslims who interpret Quran peacefully 'find a strong ally' in the Church

Aug 12, 2016 / 05:01 am

A Vatican bishop spoke out last week stressing that while few Muslims are terrorists, there are passages in the Quran advocating violence that can’t be ignored, and must be clarified from within the Muslim community.

Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

Aug 11, 2016 / 08:58 am

On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta, exchanging gifts, toys and drawings with the children.

For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ's mercy we must share it

Aug 10, 2016 / 11:11 am

Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into action, Pope Francis said Wednesday during his General Audience address.

Pope offers message of prayer amid violent storms in Mexico

Aug 9, 2016 / 12:03 pm

After Tropical Storm Javier and Hurricane Earl ravaged parts of Mexico over the weekend, Pope Francis offered his prayers and closeness to all those affected by the storms.  

Practicing forgiveness is our 'direct route' to heaven, Pope says

Aug 4, 2016 / 10:22 am

The path to heaven is through forgiveness and pardon of those who have offended us, just as we have received salvation through the love and forgiveness of the Father, Pope Francis said today in Assisi.

Young woman recalls deep pain, joy of immigrating to America

Jul 30, 2013 / 03:03 am

A young woman who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Guadalajara, Mexico, recalls the 11 years of paperwork granting them status in the country as a “huge, painful, interesting process.”

Past World Youth Day attendees recall finding vocations

Jul 21, 2013 / 15:30 pm

As huge crowds of youth flock to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013, some participants from past years are currently living out vocations discovered at the global youth events.

Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom

Jun 27, 2013 / 03:15 am

Hundreds of people in the Archdiocese of Denver attended a prayer rally for religious freedom on June 22, standing up for the right to serve God in their public and private lives.

Church-turned-abortion clinic now a pro-life haven

Jun 13, 2013 / 03:03 am

An encounter with a pro-life center that had previously served as both a house of worship and an abortion clinic at different times in its history has left a lasting impression on one pro-life leader.

Mom contrasts rush to save baby twins with Gosnell murders

Jun 8, 2013 / 05:03 am

When her twin girls were born suddenly at only 26 weeks, Anne Ponton said doctors and nurses in her home town of Irving, Texas fought diligently for her babies' survival.