Perry West

Perry West

Perry West is a staff writer for Catholic News Agency. He graduated from Franciscan University with his bachelor's in English. Prior to his job at CNA, he worked in construction staffing and coffee.

Articles by Perry West

Pregnant women find family at California shelter

Jan 10, 2018 / 03:28 am

Raised by an alcoholic mother and without her birth father, Cordiella James found out she was pregnant while she was in jail in Orange County.

How Catholic Charities is helping the homeless during the 'bomb cyclone'

Jan 5, 2018 / 18:45 pm

Record-breaking cold temperatures and snowfall in the eastern United States this week have delayed flights, cancelled school, and closed workplaces.

How do we fund sacred art in the Church? This priest has an idea

Dec 24, 2017 / 16:03 pm

The John Paul II Foundation for the Sacred Arts is rethinking how the Catholic Church should fund well-crafted art. But why is good art in the Church important in the first place?

Men are craving authentic friendships – and it's ok to admit it

Dec 21, 2017 / 03:08 am

When Timothy Piazza pledged a fraternity at Pennsylvania State University in February 2017, he had hoped to find a brotherhood.

Christmas cash for the homeless: The legacy of one Denver priest continues

Dec 14, 2017 / 16:51 pm

It was a chilly Thursday in December, with a dusting of snow on the ground. But that didn’t stop hundreds of poor and homeless people from packing the Denver Cathedral for what the pastor calls “the greatest day of the year” for the parish.

These Dominican brothers are releasing a folk album

Dec 12, 2017 / 12:09 pm

Folk music is known for its foot-tapping, hand-clapping, barn-raising style – but now, a group of Dominican brothers is giving the genre a theological twist.

This priest is going to be on The Great American Baking Show

Dec 7, 2017 / 12:26 pm

Many Catholics can name a priest who is renowned for his academic abilities, mission work, or inspiring homilies. But what about a priest who has received national attention for his baking skills?

Truth will lead to African peace, Nigerian bishops say

Dec 6, 2017 / 11:23 am

The Church’s intellectual and moral truth is the key to a peaceful, free, and developing nation, Nigerian bishops have said at a conference attended by the country's political and spiritual leaders.

Archbishop says #staywoke this Christmas season

Nov 30, 2017 / 15:00 pm

In preparation for the first Sunday of Advent, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said the season is a time to spiritually “stay woke,” shaking off apathy and becoming more aware of God’s presence.

An Irish virtual calendar for an authentic Advent

Nov 28, 2017 / 17:00 pm

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland, and Primate of All Ireland, has launched a 2017 virtual Advent calendar, saying that the online prayers and reflections will help parishioners spiritually prepare for this Christmas season.  

South Sudan joins Pope Francis in prayers for peace

Nov 27, 2017 / 19:00 pm

The Catholic bishops of South Sudan urged Catholics to join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace in the newest African country, which has been entrenched in a three yearslong civil war.

Catholics encounter the homeless on the streets of Hollywood

Nov 22, 2017 / 14:21 pm

A Eucharistic procession is not the first thing people expect to see on the streets of Hollywood, California.  

Coming soon: A virtual tour of the tomb of Jesus

Nov 9, 2017 / 03:08 am

Next week, the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., will open a 3D virtual tour of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ tomb.

Filipino Bishops begin rosary campaign against violent drug war

Nov 6, 2017 / 20:00 pm

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has called for a prayer campaign to address violence in an escalating conflict between police and drug traffickers.

How social workers can advance Catholic social teaching

Nov 6, 2017 / 03:04 am

How social workers can live their faith in the workplace was the focus of the latest annual conference of the Catholic Social Workers National Association.

French court orders cross removed from JPII statue

Oct 31, 2017 / 17:00 pm

France’s top administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat has ordered a cross to be removed from a statue of Pope Saint John Paul II in Ploërmel, a small city in France’s Brittany region.

A tele-prayer service for Catholics with mental illnesses

Oct 6, 2017 / 05:20 am

To recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability held a teleconference prayer service offering those with mental illness, and their friends and family, communal and spiritual support.

Both on and off camera, 'Papal Ninja' is proud to be Catholic

Oct 4, 2017 / 14:37 pm

Whether he’s navigating a harrowing obstacle course in front of the camera or doing behind-the-scenes content editing for an evangelization website, Sean Bryan wants people to know that he is proud to be Catholic.

Ending human trafficking requires everyone's efforts, archbishop says

Sep 21, 2017 / 23:47 pm

At a United Nations gathering in New York City, a Holy See official stressed the need for a multi-pronged approach in fighting human trafficking and aiding victims.

For the first time in 30 years, Sistine Choir to perform in US

Sep 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

The Sistine Chapel Choir will perform in the U.S. for the first time in three decades, and will sing compositions that one expert says are an important heritage of the American Church.