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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

Mother Teresa's unfulfilled wish: to serve the poor in China

Sep 5, 2016 / 13:14 pm

It’s a little-known fact that near the end of her life, Mother Teresa went to China three times in order to establish her order there, but was “heartbroken” when her efforts failed because of the poor diplomatic relations between China and the Holy See.

Pope Francis: Mother Teresa shows us our 'vocation to charity'

Sep 4, 2016 / 03:18 am

More than just helping people in need, the Christian life must include the roots of charity, putting our entire lives at the service of Christ, as Mother Teresa did, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Only sister to survive Yemen attack: despite danger, 'we chose to stay'

Sep 3, 2016 / 08:50 am

A year before a March 4 attack killed four sisters, the Missionaries of Charity opted not to leave, but to remain with their patients in the war-torn country of Yemen, the sole survivor said on Saturday.

Pope Francis makes surprise stop at Vatican unveiling of Our Lady of Aparecida

Sep 3, 2016 / 06:33 am

Ahead of his meeting with volunteers Saturday, Pope Francis decided to pop in for the inauguration of a new statue of Our Lady of Aparecida in the Vatican Gardens.

Key bishop: 'We don't know' if Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is still alive

Sep 2, 2016 / 12:52 pm

As the situation in Yemen continues to worsen, Bishop Paul Hinder on Friday requested prayers for priests, for the Missionaries of Charity, and for kidnapped priest Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, whose situation is uncertain.

Cardinal Turkson: The human person is central to care for creation

Sep 1, 2016 / 13:32 pm

As the Catholic and Orthodox worlds unite to celebrate a day of prayer for the care of creation, the Vatican’s social justice head is offering a reminder that the human person must be at the center of efforts to better the environment.

Francis welcomes peace deal in Colombia

Aug 31, 2016 / 14:39 pm

On Wednesday Pope Francis expressed his pleasure that peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels have been finalized, though he declined to send a representative to help select judges for a truth and justice commission.

Openness to grace strengthens human reason, Pope reminds cardiologists

Aug 31, 2016 / 10:17 am

The Church supports the work of studying God's creation in the human body and encourages the sciences in service to the weak and infirm of society, Pope Francis told cardiologists Wednesday.

Mother Teresa 'radically loved her neighbor'

Aug 31, 2016 / 02:02 am

Mother Teresa didn't try to solve all of the world's problems: she simply lived her life in radical service and love of her neighbor, expecting God to take care of the rest, said her spiritual advisor.

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.