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

Saints of the Swamp

Feb 24, 2020 / 00:00 am

In January, the Diocese of Lafayette officially opened the causes for canonization of two Louisiana Catholics, and approved the cause of a third candidate for canonization. Senior Features Writer Mary Farrow guest hosts this week's episode about these inspiring Cajun Catholics.

Abortion regret — and redemption

Jan 13, 2020 / 00:00 am

Patricia Sandoval was 12 years-old when an instructor from Planned Parenthood taught her and her classmates about "safe" sex. After three abortions and a job at Planned Parenthood, Patricia says she has found healing and redemption through Christ.

20- Cabernet + Myrrh + Baptism- 20

Jan 6, 2020 / 00:00 am

We talk with a Trappist monk who helps young monks create incense; we learn about conditional baptisms from a priest who once performed one; and a Catholic retiree who now helps run a winery near Fort Worth, Texas.

And After 8 Days. . .

Dec 30, 2019 / 00:00 am

What was the significance of Jesus' circumcision, and of circumcision in general? We talk to priests, theologians and an art historian to find these answers. Then, we talk with a journalist who went on a years-long quest to find what some believe to be the Church's most unusual relic: the foreskin of Jesus.

CNA Newsroom: The Unlikeliest of Friendships

Dec 16, 2019 / 00:00 am

Two unlikely friendships...and one friendship so unlikely, it probably wasn't a friendship at all.

Kringle v. Krampus

Dec 9, 2019 / 00:00 am

JD Flynn interviews his dad about dressing up as Santa; we look into the life of St. Nicholas; CNA Deutsch Editor Christoph Wimmer shares the legend of St. Nicholas' sinister counterpart, Krampus.

Here Comes Emmanuel

Dec 2, 2019 / 00:00 am

A Trappist monk named Emmanuel shares his vocation story and gives us a look at how his community celebrates Advent; the Vatican's lead astronomer gives the real story of the Star of Bethlehem; and we visit the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

CNA Newsroom: A Very Catholic Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2019 / 00:00 am

EWTN’s Father Mitch Pacwa about his annual Thanksgiving hunting trip. Later in this episode, the founder of Whiffletree Farm in Virginia shares the story of his conversion and talks about the Thanksgiving rush; we tell the story of Squanto and Nicholas Black Elk; a retiree in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens donates and distributes hundreds of turkeys each Thanksgiving, in honor of his dad; and a counselor talks about the relationship between grief and gratitude.

CNA Newsroom: Prepare to Die

Nov 18, 2019 / 00:00 am

What does it mean to have a good death?

CNA Newsroom: We Have Only Done Our Duty

Nov 11, 2019 / 00:00 am

Military chaplains dedicate their lives to service of the men and women in the Armed Forces. This Veteran’s Day, we look at the life of one military chaplain who could one day be named a saint. We ask what it looks like to discern a vocation to be a military chaplain. 

CNA Newsroom: A New Queen in St. Augustine

Nov 4, 2019 / 00:00 am

The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine will be elevated as a National Shrine next year.

CNA Newsroom: Burning Love

Oct 28, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Newsroom, we're talking about purgatory. We explore Church teaching on purgatory; purgatory as imagined by the Italian poet Dante; a youth ministry group whose special charism is praying for the dead; and finally we'll visit Rome's famous Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. 

CNA Newsroom: "Borderlands"

Oct 21, 2019 / 00:00 am

The number of Central American and Mexican migrants crossing the southern border into the United States has slowed to a trickle, but in terms of helping families in need, Catholic groups at the border know there is still much to be done.

CNA Newsroom: And You Visited Me

Oct 14, 2019 / 00:00 am

The number of people in prison in the U.S. has grown by a factor of five since the 1970s. An estimated 5 million children have a parent in prison. 

CNA Newsroom: "Let's Stick Together"

Oct 7, 2019 / 00:00 am

During the years 2015-2017, the divorce rate in one Florida county dropped by nearly one-third. This week on the podcast, writer Mary Farrow tells the story of how a coalition of churches helped to make it happen— and whether the model can be replicated in the rest of the country.

CNA Newsroom: Newman’s Own

Sep 30, 2019 / 00:00 am

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman will be canonized October 13. This week on CNA Newsroom, we talk about Newman's life and witness; and the miracle that secured his canonization. 

CNA Newsroom: The Loneliest Episode (Part 1)

Sep 9, 2019 / 00:00 am

A July report by YouGov suggested millennials are the loneliest generation - with higher rates of loneliness than both Generation X and Baby Boomers. We talk with two millennials about loneliness and explore why millennials are so lonely - and how the Church can respond. 

CNA Newsroom: If we make a clip show, do we still get paid?

Sep 2, 2019 / 00:00 am

Happy Labor Day, everybody! This week on CNA Newsroom, we're celebrating work by ... not really doing any work.

CNA Newsroom: Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic...and Religion

Aug 26, 2019 / 00:00 am

Join JD Flynn and two very special co-hosts in this 'Back to School' episode of CNA Newsroom!

CNA Newsroom: A Pretty Big Assumption

Aug 12, 2019 / 00:00 am

Did you know the Assumption of Mary is one of the Church's newest dogmas?