Zelda Caldwell

Zelda Caldwell

Zelda Caldwell is News Editor at Catholic News Agency based in Washington, DC. She previously worked for Aleteia, as News and Culture editor.

Articles by Zelda Caldwell

Tourist who ‘wanted to see the pope’ smashes busts at the Vatican Museums

Oct 5, 2022 / 15:30 pm

A man visiting the Vatican museums in Rome on Wednesday flung two ancient Roman busts to the ground, causing moderate damage to the valuable works of art.

Maryland priest accused of sexual abuse of minors placed on administrative leave

Oct 4, 2022 / 15:15 pm

A priest at a parish in Garrett Park, Maryland, has been placed on administrative leave after he was accused of sexually abusing minors before he became a priest.

U.S. bishops nominate candidates for conference president and vice president

Oct 4, 2022 / 11:41 am

The U.S. bishops released on Tuesday the names of the 10 candidates nominated to be the next president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Afghan refugees reunited with baby thanks to pro-life pregnancy center

Sep 28, 2022 / 15:51 pm

The last time they saw Jasoor was over a year ago — they had been separated from him for more than half of his young life.

A handful of Catholic leaders and others voice support for Cardinal Zen as his trial begins

Sep 26, 2022 / 17:00 pm

These are Catholic leaders, scholars, and human rights activists who have publicly shown their support for Zen as his trial commences.

Pastor and more than 80 others kidnapped in attacks on two Nigerian churches

Sep 23, 2022 / 15:00 pm

On Sept. 17, militants raided the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Suleja in Niger state and abducted dozens of worshippers gathered for an all-night vigil.

Which U.S. states rank first (and last) in religious freedom protections?

Sep 23, 2022 / 07:00 am

The states are ranked according to how many laws are on the books that protect the free exercise of religion.

Catholic Charities to provide aid to Puerto Ricans devastated by Hurricane Fiona

Sep 20, 2022 / 15:51 pm

More than a day after Hurricane Fiona dumped 30 inches of rain on Puerto Rico, a million people still do not have electricity, and 760,000 are without running water.

Update: Notre Dame football coach calls conversion to Catholic faith ‘a personal decision’

Sep 16, 2022 / 11:10 am

Head football coach Marcus Freeman told members of the press Sept. 15 that he had tried to keep his recent conversion to the Catholic faith under wraps.

UN human rights report on Nicaragua cites ‘attacks on Catholic Church’

Sep 15, 2022 / 09:50 am

The United Nations Human Rights Council released a report Sept. 13 that condemned the regime of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega.

Notre Dame head football coach Marcus Freeman joins the Catholic Church

Sep 14, 2022 / 12:10 pm

“Welcome to our newest Catholic, Marcus Freeman,” read an announcement in the Sept. 11 bulletin published by St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Indiana.

Three bishops on the Camino to Santiago: An exclusive interview with Bishop James Conley

Sep 11, 2022 / 06:38 am

The three walked 15 to 24 miles a day along the Camino, just as pilgrims have been doing for more than 1,000 years, praying and talking with the people they met.

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96

Sep 8, 2022 / 11:34 am

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and the oldest and longest-serving head of state in the world, died at the age of 96 Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after a brief illness.

Ukraine’s Vatican ambassador rebukes Pope Francis for mention of Moscow car bomb victim

Aug 25, 2022 / 12:05 pm

Ukraine’s ambassador to the Holy See criticized Pope Francis on Wednesday for lamenting the car bombing that killed the daughter of an ally of Russian President Vladmir Putin.

‘The Atlantic’ publishes article on the rosary as symbol of far-right, violent extremism

Aug 15, 2022 / 16:06 pm

The author describes photos of rosary beads "made of cartridge casings, and complete with gun-metal-finish crucifixes."

Bishops urge passage of bill that would give same sentences to crack and powder cocaine offenders

Aug 11, 2022 / 16:50 pm

Legislation passed in the House of Representatives would eliminate a disparity in federal sentencing the bishops say has a disproportionate effect on Black people.

Vatican enlists influencers to get young, disenchanted Catholics to answer Synod survey

Aug 9, 2022 / 16:34 pm

Jimmy Akin, a Catholic apologist and a host of the popular radio call-in show Catholic Answers Live, was tapped by the Vatican to reach out to Catholics whose voices haven't been heard.

Archie Battersbee’s legal fight for life at ‘the end,’ says mother

Aug 3, 2022 / 19:00 pm

The mother of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee said that the family is “at the end” of their efforts to keep their son on life support after the European Court of Appeals (ECHR) refused to intervene in the UK case.

Catholics respond with prayer and song when protesters disrupt conference

Aug 2, 2022 / 14:15 pm

The incident happened July 30 at a gathering hosted by the Napa Institute in California.

No remains unearthed yet from Canada’s residential school grave sites

Jul 25, 2022 / 18:48 pm

No excavation has been done at suspected grave sites at residential schools in Canada. Yet media outlets continue to report incorrectly that the “remains” of hundreds of children have been discovered.