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 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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SCOTUS Leak, and Do Boycotts Work? (May 14, 2022)

Many in the U.S. are still reeling over the leaking of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion revealing the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Protests have erupted. Politicians have dug in entrenched on either side of the abortion policy debate as the Dobbs decision approaches. The Register’s National Correspondent Lauretta Brown joins us today with reports from Washington, DC. And then our Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl helps us wade through the question of boycotts. Should pro-lifers boycott those big companies pouring funds into expanding abortion access? We weigh the situation here.

A girl colors on a sign as adults around her take part in a pro-abortion Mothers Day demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday in Washington, DC. The building, currently surrounded by a temporary fence, has been the site of abortion-rights and anti-abortion activist demonstrations since the leaked draft of the Court’s potential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade nearly one week ago.

The SCOTUS Leak on Roe v. Wade (May 7)

The leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in the Dobbs case — a decision that could bring an end to the abortion regime of Roe v. Wade — has caused a political and media firestorm. What was behind the unprecedented leak, what is actually written in the opinion, and what might lie ahead for the highest court? EWTN legal analyst Andrea Picciotti-Bayer gives her insights into this blockbuster news. And then, we discuss with Register staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith the challenges the pro-life movement faces in a post-Roe landscape. And we honor the memory of Vicki Thorn, the founder of Project Rachel.

Newly-elected Dene Nation National Chief Gerald Antoine (l) and former national chief of Canada's Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Phil Fontaine (c), escorted by delegation members, arrive to address the media Thursday in St. Peter's Square following a meeting with the Pope.

Pope Francis Meets with Canadian Indigenous Leaders (April 2)

Pope Francis met with Canadian indigenous leaders and Canadian Catholic bishops this week in steps aimed at bringing reconciliation to those communities due to tensions over the Church’s role in operating assimilation-oriented residential schools. Father Raymond DeSouza provides analysis. Then we explore the new exciting venture of EWTN News in the Middle East, a Catholic news agency in Erbil, Iraq. Catholic News Agency’s executive director Alejandro Bermudez explains the important mission of ACI MENA.

Pope Francis swings a thurible of incense before a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, during a penitential celebration service in St. Peter's Basilica on March 25, 2022, during which he is to consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine (March 26)

Pope Francis, joined by the bishops of the world, consecrated themselves, the Church, humanity and specifically Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25. Why was this event so important? What more can be done for peace? Register staff writer Joseph Pronechen offers us a refresher on the messages of Our Lady of Fatima and how we can follow her direction. Then we have an Editors’ Corner to look at Pope Francis’ new apostolic constitution on the Roman Curia, the sixth anniversary of Mother Angelica’s death, and a new Catholic news agency in Mother Angelica’s name in Erbil, Iraq.

Top: “Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart,” Spitalkirche Heilig Geist, 1719. Bottom, L to R: St. Philip Neri (Sebastiano Conca); St. Isidore the Farmer (Esteban March); St. Francis Xavier (Joaquín Sorolla); St. Teresa of Avila (Antonio Palomino); St. Ignatius of Loyola (Domenichino)

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine, Five Saints of 1622, and Religious Freedom (March 19)

Pope Francis has announced he will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Blessed Mother on March 25. What’s the significance and historical context of this consecration? Register columnist Father Raymond De Souza has the answer. Plus Father Raymond give insights into the greatest canonization ever when five holy companions were canonized 400 years ago on March 12, 1622 — what’s the relevance today? Also, Andrea Picciotti-Bayer another give us some updates on practical matters for Catholics — that is the freedom to practice our faith. The host of Religious Freedom Matters tells how school choice in education relates to our faith and our liberty. Consecration of Russia and Ukraine, Five Saints of 1622, and Religious Freedom (March 19)

A Caritas volunteer assists Ukrainian refugees arriving at Przemyśl Główny train station in eastern Poland.

The Importance of Ukrainian Catholics (March 12)

Last week International Women’s Day was used by some, including President Joe Biden, to push abortion. Women deserve so much more. Here on Register Radio, Lauretta Brown, our National Correspondent, provides perspective. Then EWTN News executive editor and I have an editors’ corner where we talk news and topics you won’t want to miss.

St. Roch, depicted here in a painting from the school of Francesco Francia (1447–1517), has been invoked for centuries as the patron saint of pet dogs.

Pets in Our Lives, and Getting Ready for Lent (Feb. 26)

Ash Wednesday is March 2, only days away. Do you know what you’re giving up? EWTN’s Father John Paul Mary Zeller joins me to help us prepare for Lent. Then we turn to something more mundane: pets and their place in our lives. Are pets making our lives better or drawing us away from something greater? Register writers Jonathan Liedl and Peter Jesserer Smith share the lessons they’ve learned in reporting on the value of pets.