Jeanette De Melo

Jeanette De Melo

Jeanette De Melo is the Register's editor in chief and co-host of EWTN Radio's Register Radio. From 2005 to 2012, she was the communications director for the Archdiocese of Denver. Previously, she was the associate communications director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She's holds a licentiate degree from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy and a bachelor's degree from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, where in 2018 she also received an honorary doctorate. She lives in the greater New Orleans area with her husband and three children.

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Baldacchino altar and ornate frescoes inside Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Vatican News and the Resurrection Film (March 27)

After the new Vatican decree limits Masses at side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the greatest and busiest churches in the world falls into near empty silence each morning. This week on Register radio we talk to Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin about the new decree, plus we review Holy Week and Easter schedules at the Vatican and in Rome, and we check in on the controversies swirling around the Vatican’s statement on same-sex unions and blessings. And then, Register contributor Kathy Schiffer joins us to discuss the new film Resurrection that is out just in time for Easter.

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What Catholics Need to Know About Vaccines (March 13)

As the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed and become more readily available, Catholics everywhere are asking important questions about which ones — if any — they can receive. What guidance does the Church offer at this moment, especially when experts and even bishops seem to contradict each other? This week on Register Radio we talk to Dr. Joseph Meaney, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, who holds a PhD in bioethics, about the controversy, forming our consciences, and what Catholics need to know about vaccines.

Map of the Middle East, centered on Iraq

The Pope in Iraq, and Gender Ideology (March 6)

Pope Francis is venturing on the first papal visit to Iraq this weekend. The historic trip could have immense ramifications for Christians in the region. On this week’s Register Radio, Rome Correspondent Edward Pentin highlights the hopes for this mission. An also in Vatican News Edward tells us about a new interview by Pope Emeritus Benedict. And finally we talk to Register correspondent Jonathan Liedl about why gender ideology brooks no dissent.

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

The Equality Act, and St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (Feb. 27)

This week on Register Radio we talk to Register legal contributor Andrea Picciotti-Bayer to look at the Equality Act and transgender ideology. And then, long before the Second Vatican Council called for the sanctification of the laity, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity prophetically claimed that holiness is truly for everyone. We are joined by author Claire Dwyer to talk about her new book, This Present Paradise, A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

“Christ Carrying the Cross”

A Lenten Journey, and Remembering Christopher Plummer (Feb. 20)

On Ash Wednesday we are reminded that “you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It’s a call to conversion — but it also reminds us of death. This week on Register Radio, we talk to Byzantine Rite Father Michael O’Loughlin about the Lenten journey. And then, the passing this week of actor Christopher Plummer gave rise to reflection on one of the great Catholic scenes in the history of cinema. We are joined by Register contributor Father Raymond DeSouza.

U.S. Supreme Court Building

Good News for California Churches and Boston Catholic Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling that California’s ban on indoor worship and singing in churches — worship-targeting — is unconstitutional. We talk to EWTN News’ legal analyst Andrea Picciotti-Bayer about the ramifications of the High Court’s decision, and what lies ahead for religious freedom in the country. And then, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston “followed the science” and have kept its students safe amid the pandemic. We are joined by Thomas Carroll, superintendent for the Archdiocese of Boston schools about good news and the many challenges facing Catholic schools.

Carrie Gress

Biden’s Blue America and Toxic Femininity (Feb. 6)

Two weeks removed from the inaugural address of President Biden, Americans — especially many Catholics — are looking back and questioning the appeal for unity from our new president. This week on Register Radio, we talk to Register contributor Professor Gerry Bradley about what he calls “President Joe Biden’s Blue America.” And then, we are joined by author Carrie Gress and her book The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity. Is her book being censored by Big Tech?

Joseph M. Scheidler, 93, former National Director of the Pro-Life Action League.

Catholic Schools and a Pro-Life Warrior (Jan. 30)

A new book is looking at the unexpected success of Catholic schools in Massachusetts and asking some hard questions about Catholic education. This week on Register Radio we are joined by Cara Candal, co-editor of the book A Vision of Hope: Catholic Schooling in Massachusetts. And then, we have just marked the anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, and Register contributor Mary FioRito and Catholic Woman’s Forum joins us to remember the pro-life legend Joe Scheidler and to assess the pro-life cause at this moment in our country.

President Joe Biden on Jan. 22.

Biden As President and the Abortion Issue (Jan. 23)

This last week President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president. He assumed office in a turbulent time. What are the virtues we need for this moment? This week on Register Radio we talk to Catholic commentator and columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez. And then, we are joined by Professor Helen Alvaré to discuss why “The Catholic Church is Correct in Not Letting the Abortion Issue Slide.”

A mob storms the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Hope Within Crisis (Jan. 16)

As the nation struggles with the COVID pandemic, economic uncertainty and political upheaval, Catholics are also troubled by deep crises within the Church. What is the way forward for authentic renewal? This week on Register Radio, we talk with author Ralph Martin about his analysis of this moment especially in light of his latest book, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward. And then, we are joined by Catherine Hadro, host of EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, to assess 8 Hopeful Signs for the Pro-Life Movement in 2021.