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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 Francis visits writer and Holocaust survivor in Rome

Feb 20, 2021 / 11:05 am

Pope Francis on Saturday visited the home of the writer and Holocaust survivor Edith Steinschreiber Bruck in Rome.

Pope Francis advances causes of nuns who died in Ebola outbreak

Feb 20, 2021 / 09:10 am

Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of three Italian religious sisters who died from Ebola in Africa during the 1995 outbreak.

Pope Francis appoints new archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica

Feb 20, 2021 / 06:18 am

Pope Francis on Saturday named Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, O.F.M. Conv., to succeed Cardinal Angelo Comastri as archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica and vicar general for Vatican City State.

Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Robert Sarah's resignation from divine worship congregation

Feb 20, 2021 / 04:50 am

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Pope Francis to religious education conference: Pandemic invites us to be changed by suffering

Feb 18, 2021 / 19:20 pm

In a video message to the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Pope Francis said Thursday the suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to change and to have greater solidarity with others.

Cardinal says Vatican employees could lose jobs for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

Feb 18, 2021 / 08:30 am

In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal who heads the Vatican City State said that employees who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when deemed necessary for their work could face penalties up to termination of employment.

Council for the Economy discusses 2021 Vatican budget

Feb 17, 2021 / 08:00 am

The Vatican’s Council for the Economy met on Tuesday to discuss the details of the annual budget for 2021.

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Lent is a journey from slavery to freedom

Feb 17, 2021 / 03:15 am

The 40 days of Lent are an opportunity to turn from the slavery of sin to the freedom found in reconciliation with God, Pope Francis said on Ash Wednesday.

The Vatican ties of Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Draghi

Feb 17, 2021 / 02:00 am

Italy’s new prime minister -- an economist nicknamed “Super Mario” -- has Vatican ties that date back many years.

Pope Francis modifies Vatican criminal code, citing ‘changing sensibilities’

Feb 16, 2021 / 06:10 am

Pope Francis on Tuesday made several modifications to the Vatican’s criminal code, citing “changing sensibilities” requiring updates to an “outdated” law.

Pope Francis praises Coptic Orthodox martyrs as 'saints of all Christians'

Feb 15, 2021 / 11:01 am

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.”

Italy's bishops draw attention to suffering families in message to new prime minister

Feb 15, 2021 / 08:30 am

The president of the national bishops’ conference has welcomed Italy’s new government with a message to Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who was sworn in Saturday.

Pope Francis names Texas priest an auxiliary bishop of San Antonio

Feb 15, 2021 / 05:30 am

Pope Francis on Monday named Fr. Gary W. Janak, a canon lawyer and licensed counselor, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas.

The Rome church where you can venerate St. Valentine’s skull

Feb 14, 2021 / 02:00 am

Just a few feet from Rome’s famous “Mouth of Truth” lies the skull of the saint of love. 

Pope Francis: ‘Be vigorous and resilient like legumes’

Feb 12, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Pope Francis has encouraged people to have resilience in the fight against world hunger, drawing inspiration from the hardiness of legumes.

Beatification cause of bishop known for ‘ordinary extraordinariness’ moves forward

Feb 12, 2021 / 09:00 am

The Diocese of Rome on Friday concluded the first phase of the cause for beatification of an Italian bishop and founder of the Pro Sanctity Movement.

Italian cardinal condemns anti-Semitism after disruption of online event

Feb 11, 2021 / 06:00 am

The president of the Italian bishops’ conference has condemned anti-Semitism after an online event in memory of a Jewish leader was disrupted by hateful images and slogans.

Accused priest asserts innocence at Vatican seminary abuse hearing

Feb 10, 2021 / 11:00 am

At a hearing on Wednesday in a trial for alleged abuse and cover-up at a Vatican youth seminary, a defendant asserted his innocence, imputing abuse accusations to jealousy and divisions within the institution.

Vatican ‘security consultant’ Cecilia Marogna lodges complaint over confiscated cellphone

Feb 10, 2021 / 07:00 am

Cecilia Marogna, an Italian woman expected to face trial at the Vatican on charges of embezzlement, has lodged an appeal with a Milan court over the confiscation of her cellphone.

Vatican Radio to launch web radio on 90th anniversary

Feb 9, 2021 / 09:00 am

Vatican Radio will launch a 24-hour web radio to mark its 90th anniversary on Friday.