Kate Olivera

Kate Olivera

Kate Olivera is executive producer of Catholic News Agency's podcasts: CNA Newsroom and CNA Editor's Desk. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked at Catholic News Agency since 2012; and was previously a staff writer at The Catholic Voice in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Articles by Kate Olivera

A joyful, faithful 'warrior': Catholic philosopher, author Alice von Hildebrand dies at 98

Jan 14, 2022 / 13:17 pm

Alice von Hildebrand, known to her friends as "Lily," died Jan. 14, leaving behind an impressive collection of writing and a large number of friends and admirers around the world.

Catholic priest in India will face trial for alleged hate speech

Jan 10, 2022 / 16:39 pm

A Catholic priest in India will face trial for allegations of hate speech during an interreligious meeting last year. 

Who ya gonna call...for prayers?

Jan 5, 2022 / 06:24 am

An innovative prayer hotline has been a surprising success since its launch at the beginning of the pandemic.

A year in review: The biggest stories from the Church in the US in 2021

Dec 28, 2021 / 12:00 pm

It can be hard to believe any year could top 2020 in terms of news, but 2021 was a momentous year for the Church in the United States. From the advancements in the causes for sainthood of several Americans to the U.S. bishops’ sometimes heated debate of a document on the Eucharist, here is a look back on some of the biggest stories out of the Church in the U.S. this year.

Future at risk for historic chapel in Antarctica

Dec 25, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has suspended efforts to save the Chapel of the Snows at McMurdo Station, the hub of the U.S. Antarctic Program. But one Catholic who regularly serves at the station has said he hopes the chapel has a permanent future at the station. 

Christmas in prison? What it's like to celebrate behind bars

Dec 24, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Prison is probably the last place people think of when they think about the holidays. Yet Christmas behind bars is a reality this year for more than 2 million Americans. 

This disability advocate builds a new Catholic Church each year...out of Legos

Dec 20, 2021 / 09:06 am

John Kraemer isn’t an architect, but he’s probably built more buildings than a lot of real architects. The only difference? John’s buildings are made entirely out of Legos.

Holy Land Christians need more protection, Christian leaders in Jerusalem warn

Dec 16, 2021 / 13:49 pm

Christian leaders in Jerusalem are seeking an “urgent dialogue” with local authorities to discuss further protections for Christians in the Holy Land. 

Marquette bishop: Document on same-sex attraction, gender dysmorphia about accompaniment, not exclusion

Dec 16, 2021 / 10:55 am

A document addressing the pastoral care of persons experiencing same-sex attraction and gender dysmorphia is about accompaniment and not exclusion, Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette has said.

Archbishop Gomez: We must build Our Lady of Guadalupe's temple with our lives

Dec 13, 2021 / 16:00 pm

When Our Lady of Guadalupe told St. Juan Diego that she desired a church to be built in the  Americas, he set in motion the construction of what is now the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. But there is still work to be done, wrote Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles in a message for the Marian feast day. 

Kentucky bishop asks for prayers, financial support following fatal tornadoes

Dec 11, 2021 / 14:19 pm

A bishop in Kentucky is asking for prayers following a series of fatal storms and tornadoes Dec. 11 that killed at least 70 people in the state.

Cardinal Burke thanks God for COVID-19 recovery during first public Mass

Dec 11, 2021 / 11:51 am

Cardinal Raymond Burke thanked God and Our Lady of Guadalupe for his recovery from COVID-19, during his first public Mass since his hospitalization with the virus.

Abortion advocates release plan to make California a 'sanctuary' for the procedure

Dec 9, 2021 / 16:30 pm

A coalition of abortion advocates in California have introduced a plan to make the state a “sanctuary” for women seeking the procedure, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn legalized abortion nationwide. 

Pope Francis to young addicts: Do not be afraid of your suffering

Dec 8, 2021 / 18:19 pm

Pope Francis has encouraged young people suffering from addiction to take an honest look at their suffering, and courageously to invite Christ into their lives.

Did you know the Immaculate Conception is patroness of the United States?

Dec 8, 2021 / 03:00 am

Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, has been patroness of the United States since the mid-19th century. But her protection of the nation dates back to its earliest history. 

This bishop braves the Australian Outback daily to care for his Catholics

Dec 6, 2021 / 13:12 pm

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green leads the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes in the Australian Outback. He tells us about the extraordinary challenges and blessings that come with his role.

Few Americans blame God for suffering in the world, new survey finds

Nov 24, 2021 / 16:17 pm

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that few Americans blame God for suffering in the world. Instead, Americans are more likely to blame suffering on random chance, the actions of others, or society at large. 

Legal group joins outcry over removal of Nigeria from religious freedom watch list

Nov 23, 2021 / 15:14 pm

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s watchlist of countries with the most egregious violations of religious freedom. 

Cordileone to Catholic students after boycott of pro-life assembly: 'Do not be victims of the culture'

Nov 22, 2021 / 19:19 pm

The archbishop of San Francisco has encouraged students at a local Catholic high school to reject the lies of the abortion industry and become courageous advocates for life, following a boycott of a pro-life assembly at the school. 

The powerful witness of Native American Catholics

Nov 22, 2021 / 10:12 am

Pablo Tac was a young Luiseño Indian man who wished to become a missionary priest. A petition to open his sainthood cause is gaining traction. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we learn more about Pablo’s story, and revisit the stories of Squanto and Nicholas Black Elk.