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

How going online might help you stop watching porn

Apr 11, 2020 / 06:00 am

Watching online videos leads many men to pornography addiction. But now one set of online videos aims to lead them out.

How Catholics can be inspired by art during Holy Week

Apr 9, 2020 / 13:01 pm

As churches and museums remain closed, Catholic artists have encouraged people to be inspired this Holy Week by finding beauty online or even attempting to create projects themselves.

Monks offer free caskets amid coronavirus

Apr 4, 2020 / 11:30 am

An Iowa order of Trappist monks is offering an unusual but necessary act of charity amid the global pandemic - free caskets to financially struggling families who have lost a loved one.

What does a traveling evangelist do during the coronavirus lockdown?

Apr 2, 2020 / 16:00 pm

One Catholic evangelist said that lessons he’s learning about online evangelization during the coronavirus pandemic could make some Catholic ministries far more effective than they once were.

Nautical ministry helps abused Filipino sailors amid coronavirus

Apr 1, 2020 / 16:33 pm

Last year, a maritime charity rescued a group of migrant workers from an abusive situation aboard a fishing vessel in Scotland. The men recently returned home, but the non-profit continues to provide aid in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

How college students can spend their time during the coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020 / 15:00 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has led colleges across the country to close their dorms, and offer classes online. As students return home with time on their hands, Catholics involved in campus ministry have offered advice on how to spend this time wisely.

Illinois religious order funds hotel initiative to protect homeless from coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 / 14:38 pm

As homeless shelters have been limited by the coronavirus, the Clerics of Saint Viator will help fund an initiative to house homeless people amid the pandemic.

How to stay quarantined, stay married, and keep your friends

Mar 21, 2020 / 03:00 am

There are ways to build and maintain healthy relationships during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pittsburgh procession will ask for divine protection from coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020 / 14:55 pm

Fr. Nick Vaskov wanted to do something. He wanted to invoke God’s protection against the pandemic of the coronavirus, and call for the protection of the saints. He wanted to give witness to faith. So he decided to have a procession.

Anxious about the global pandemic? Advice from a Catholic psychologist

Mar 14, 2020 / 05:00 am

While the coronavirus has Americans scrambling for canned goods, respirator masks, and even toilet paper, one Catholic psychologist has encouraged people to take deep breaths and remain calm.

Nonprofit seeks to provide computers to Iraqi Christian schools

Mar 12, 2020 / 16:01 pm

While Christian schools in Iraq continue to suffer, a non-profit that promotes positive engagement in the Middle East is aiming to provide computers to Assyrian Christian schools.

Kentucky archbishop does not plan to cancel Masses after governor’s request

Mar 11, 2020 / 15:32 pm

Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear on Wednesday encouraged churches to cancel their services in fear of the spreading coronavirus. The Catholic archdiocese in the state does not plan to cancel Masses this Sunday.

Fr. Emil Kapaun's path to sainthood to face Vatican milestone in March

Feb 22, 2020 / 05:00 am

A Kansas priest recalls the holy deeds of Servant of God Emil Kapaun, a POW and chaplain during the Korean War, whose path to sainthood will meet a major milestone next month.

More than 207,000 sign petition to shutter porn website after trafficking violations

Feb 21, 2020 / 11:26 am

Underage pornography and trafficking videos have been found on the online pornography platform PornHub.

'No different from the rest of us'- Priests and mental health care

Feb 15, 2020 / 04:00 am

After the suicide of a Missouri priest last month, psychologists talked with CNA about the issues priests can face when they need help with caring for their mental heatlh.

For South Carolina inmates, Catholic prison ministry changes lives

Feb 4, 2020 / 03:14 am

A prison ministry in South Carolina brought five inmates into the Catholic Church this winter, with the help of a dedicated team of ministers offering catechetical formation and sacrament preparation.

Virginia lawmakers repeal abortion restrictions

Jan 29, 2020 / 15:43 pm

Virginia’s legislature has voted to repeal restrictions on abortions in the state. The state’s governor is expected to sign the repeal into law soon. 

Can a dorm for single moms and retired nuns bring new life to this Catholic college?

Jan 29, 2020 / 13:00 pm

A Wisconsin Catholic women’s college has just announced plans to build housing welcoming both single mothers and retired nuns living in a residential community.

How family life led this couple back to the Catholic Church

Jan 26, 2020 / 04:00 am

With their children getting older, the Aguilars wanted to find a church home for their family. They visited a few Christian churches close to home, but nothing felt right. They were surprised, the couple said, to find that Catholic Church - the Church of their youth - was the place where they realized they were at home.

Wyoming legislator seeks to repeal death penalty

Jan 7, 2020 / 22:01 pm

A Wyoming lawmaker intends to introduce a bill to repeal capital punishment in the state when the legislative session begins next month.