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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Pope Francis presides over the Feb. 11 canonization ceremony of the first female Argentinian saint, María Antonia de San José de Paz, known as “Mama Antula,” in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Canonization of Mama Antula, and National Marriage Week (Feb. 17)

Argentina got its first woman saint last weekend — a lay woman who was a Jesuit missionary. The canonization of Mama Antula brought together Pope Francis and the country’s new president, Javier Milei. Catholic News Agency’s editor-in-chief Ken Oliver brings us the story. Then we turn to National Marriage Week. Although the marriage rate is 60% of what it was in the 1950s, studies show people who are married are happier than those who don’t marry. How do we build strong and happy marriages? Witness to Love founders Mary-Rose and Ryan Verret join us with their insights.

With crosses of ash on their foreheads, people attend an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Feb. 22, 2023, in Washington, DC.

Practical Tips for Lent (Feb. 10)

In this week’s Register Radio episode, Franciscan Missionary of the Eternal Word Father Joseph Mary helps us prepare for Lent. Then we turn to the news: Last fall Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana — historically a school for undergraduate women — decided to accept men who identified as women. The school reversed course after blowback, but many are still concerned over St. Mary’s direction. Jonathan Liedl brings us news and analysis.

Edward Okuń, “Judas,” 1901

Hell Is Real (Jan. 27)

Pope Francis recently called on the international community to ban surrogate pregnancy. His words are a welcome source of support for pro-life advocates in Michigan, which is about to become ‘one of the most surrogacy-friendly jurisdictions in the world.’ That’s what Genevieve Marnon, legislative director of Right to Life of Michigan, told the Register. Genevieve joins us today. But first, we turn to another topic Pope Francis recently talked about, and one that most of us don’t like to think about: the reality of Hell. Father Jeffery Kirby joins us now.

A group of the Little Sisters of the Poor stands in front of the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC, March 23, 2016.

How a Supreme Court Case Affects Fishermen and Religious Sisters (Jan. 20)

A Supreme Court case argued last week could have significant implications for a decade-long religious liberty battle fought by the Little Sisters of the Poor. The case is Loper Bright Enterprises, Inc. v. Gina Raimondo which challenges the authority of the federal administrative state to dictate certain rules and regulations related to federal laws. Becket Law’s President and CEO Mark Rienzi joins us today to explain why this seemingly technical case is one of the most important cases of the term. Then we highlight pro-life marches from coast to coast with EWTN News’ Catherine Hadro.

Attendance at the 2024 Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) SEEK conference topped 19,000, a 28% increase over last year.

SEEK24 Recap and March for Life 2024 Preview (Jan. 13)

More than 20,000 young people gathered in St. Louis the first week of January for the SEEK24 conference. Within that crowd were 450 seminarians and at least 500 priests, who heard more than 3,000 confessions in two hours — a wonderful way to start a New Year. CNA’s Jonah McKeown was on the ground. He joins us with highlights. Then we gear up for March for Life 2024 with Prudence Robertson, host of EWTN Pro-Life Weekly.

‘Aerial View of Vatican City at Twilight’

2023: The Year in Review (Jan. 6)

This week on Register Radio, we look back at the top stories of 2023 with Register Editor in Chief Shannon Mullen. Then Senior Editor Jonathan Leidl joins host Jeanette DeMelo from Rome to discuss ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ and the impact it will have on Pope Francis’ legacy.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

FBI Investigation of Catholics, and Advent Reflections From a Former Muslim (Dec. 9)

A new report released this week details the extent of the FBI’s weaponization of law enforcement against traditional Catholics. Catholic News Agency staff writer Joe Bukuras brings us the latest about how far the FBI went in looking for possible domestic terrorists within traditional churches. Also, we hear the conversion story of Register blogger Zubair Simonson who wrote, ‘Advent Thoughts About Gaza and Israel, From a Muslim Who Became Catholic.’

Cardinal Raymond Burke is seen at a Sept. 7, 2017, Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage event at the Vatican.

Updates on the Pope’s Health and Cardinal Burke’s Vatican Residence (Dec. 2)

Poor health is keeping Pope Francis from a trip to Dubai this weekend where he was to participate in the United Nations COP28 climate conference. Nevertheless, the Pope has still kept a rather busy schedule. This week we talk about the Pope’s health and other news from the Vatican, including the Cardinal Burke situation. The Register’s Jonathan Leidl joins us from Rome.