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: Jesus was concerned with people, not popularity

Jan 31, 2017 / 08:49 am

Jesus wasn’t worried about his polling results, Pope Francis said Tuesday – instead, he was concerned with each and every person, seeing everything about them, even those things which were seemingly small or inconsequential.

For Pope Francis, martyrs are the strength of the Church

Jan 30, 2017 / 10:37 am

Pope Francis said Monday the strength of the Church does not reside primarily in grand gestures, but in the quiet faith of Christians in minority areas, who continue to practice even in the face of persecution and martyrdom.

Pope Francis condemns shooting at Quebec mosque

Jan 30, 2017 / 09:34 am

Pope Francis met Monday with Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec, conveying his sorrow for the victims of a shooting the night before in a mosque in Quebec City. He condemned the attack, saying Christians and Muslims should unite in prayer over the tragedy.

Why the Vatican thinks priests should learn about art, beauty

Jan 29, 2017 / 16:02 pm

Ugly churches with bad acoustics don't do justice to the richness and beauty of the liturgy – and it's this connection between art and faith that's vital for priests to understand today, a Vatican official insists.  

Devastating wildfires in Chile prompt message from Pope Francis

Jan 26, 2017 / 10:21 am

Pope Francis sent a letter to Chile voicing his nearness to everyone suffering from the devastating effects of more than 100 wildfires, which have ravaged areas of the country for over a week now.

Pope Francis appoints two new auxiliary bishops for Milwaukee

Jan 25, 2017 / 07:11 am

On Wednesday, the Vatican announced the appointment of two priests from Milwaukee – Fr. Jeffrey R. Haines and Fr. James T. Schuerman – to serve as auxiliary bishops for the archdiocese.

Trusting in God means letting go of what we want, Pope says

Jan 25, 2017 / 06:28 am

On Wednesday Pope Francis said having total faith and trust in God means recognizing that he always knows and wants what is best for us, even if it’s hard to accept because it doesn’t align with our own plans.

Pope Francis: The Christian life is about showing up

Jan 24, 2017 / 11:43 am

To live a Christian life, we can’t run away or hide from God’s will, Pope Francis said Tuesday. Rather, we must continuously show up – speaking to God in prayer and striving to do his will.

Vatican sends team to Aleppo in support of those suffering from the war

Jan 24, 2017 / 08:57 am

On behalf of Pope Francis, the secretary of the new Vatican department for Promoting Integral Human Development made a six-day visit to the Syrian city of Aleppo, ravaged by years of conflict between rebels and pro-government forces.

On Trump presidency, Pope says we must 'wait and see'

Jan 22, 2017 / 08:05 am

In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God’s own patience with him and his faults.

Pope leads 'Hail Mary' for those affected by latest disasters in Italy

Jan 22, 2017 / 04:56 am

After his Angelus address Sunday Pope Francis prayed for those who have lost family and friends after the latest set of earthquakes in central Italy this past week, as well as for all those who provide assistance, including rescue workers.

Pope to Dominicans: Your good works give glory to God

Jan 21, 2017 / 10:50 am

Saturday Pope Francis encouraged Dominicans to persevere in their good works of the last 800 years, which have been like the “salt” and “light” of Christ, spreading the Gospel throughout the world.

Pope Francis makes a strong call for better marriage prep

Jan 21, 2017 / 09:45 am

In his annual speech to the Holy See's main court on Saturday, Pope Francis stressed the pressing need for effective education and preparation for the sacrament of marriage – not only to guard against invalid marriages, but also to strengthen the faith of the couple as they prepare for the unique blessings and challenges of married life.

Concert marks one year after Pope's historic synagogue visit

Jan 20, 2017 / 10:33 am

One year after Pope Francis visited the Great Synagogue in Rome, the Hebrew Choir of Rome “Ha-Kol,” and the Choir of the Diocese of Rome joined together to give a concert Jan. 19 on the theme: “Sing to the Lord a new song.”

Pope Francis: The Christian life requires fighting against Satan

Jan 19, 2017 / 12:28 pm

Pope Francis spoke Thursday about the struggles inherent to the Christian life, and how temptation, while a normal part of trying to live virtuously, must be fought adamantly.  

Polish parliament recognizes coronation of Mary as nation's queen

Jan 18, 2017 / 06:08 am

Poland's government has adopted multiple resolutions establishing 2017 as a Jubilee Year for the country, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the first canonical coronation of the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Pope Francis: prayer is an act of hope that leads us to God

Jan 18, 2017 / 04:10 am

On Wednesday Pope Francis said hope in salvation is what leads us to turn to the Lord in prayer, trusting in faith particularly in moments when we are faced with the fear generated by death or injury.

Dominicans celebrate 800 years with reflection, prayer

Jan 17, 2017 / 14:15 pm

As the Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans, celebrate the 800th anniversary of their founding, they gather in Rome from around the world to reflect on their history, their charism of preaching, and how they can continue to put this charism at the service of the Church today.

Pope sends condolences to Kyrgyz town devastated by plane crash

Jan 16, 2017 / 10:14 am

Pope Francis Monday sent a telegram to survivors of a cargo plane crash in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, expressing his sorrow for all those who died and sending his prayers for the rescue efforts.

Dinner and a warm place to sleep: How Rome is reaching out to the homeless

Jan 15, 2017 / 16:02 pm

As colder weather settled over Rome last week, two area charities have found ways to reach out to those without food or shelter during the cold winter nights: one by turning a church into a temporary shelter, another by partnering with a newly-opened McDonald’s near the Vatican.