Kevin J. Jones

Kevin J. Jones

Kevin J. Jones is a senior staff writer with Catholic News Agency. He was a recipient of a 2014 Catholic Relief Services' Egan Journalism Fellowship.

Articles by Kevin J. Jones

In India, Cardinal Alencherry again rejects allegations of illegal land deals

Oct 26, 2021 / 17:21 pm

Cardinal George Alencherry and his spokesman continue to reject claims of illegality in controversial land deals in the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. They say Indian federal officials’ new money laundering investigation is revisiting claims that previous investigations have found baseless. 

Pro-life advocates mustn't lose hope and joy amid struggles, English bishop says

Oct 25, 2021 / 18:19 pm

There will be many pro-life battles this century, but foes of abortion, assisted suicide, and other crimes against human life cannot give up joy and hope, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has told a pro-life pilgrimage.

Yad Vashem: Vatican librarian Cardinal Tisserant made heroic efforts to save Jews

Oct 23, 2021 / 15:00 pm

Cardinal Eugene Tisserant was a librarian who knew more than 10 languages, advised multiple popes, and held key Vatican positions.

Why legal abortion is bad precedent: Roe v. Wade critics make the case to Supreme Court

Oct 22, 2021 / 16:38 pm

As the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn its precedents mandating legal abortion nationwide, critics of legal abortion have argued that precedent by itself is no reason to preserve flawed decisions — especially rulings that treat taking a human life as a constitutional right.

Synod on Synodality a learning opportunity for Catholic Church, Archbishop Gomez says

Oct 20, 2021 / 14:00 pm

The upcoming gatherings of Catholics for a synodal process are important opportunities for outreach, support, and communication, according to Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

Assisted suicide counseling via Zoom an even worse idea, foes tell Scottish lawmakers

Oct 19, 2021 / 18:00 pm

Videophone evaluations are no way to assess someone for assisted suicide, critics have said, also warning that cost-based analyses which claim legal assisted suicide saves money show “callous indifference.” 

​​Bible, Quran apps removed from Apple app store for China, legal pressure cited

Oct 18, 2021 / 18:00 pm

Under pressure from Chinese law, a digital Bible company has removed its app from Apple’s app store offerings in China while Apple itself has removed a Quran app from its China store at the request of Chinese officials.

Los Angeles renames Father Junipero Serra Park, despite Catholic praise for sainted missionary

Oct 16, 2021 / 17:00 pm

While Catholic leaders have made strong defenses of St. Junipero Serra after a wave of vandalism and crime targeted Catholic statues and churches last year, political leaders in California continue to remove markers of the missionary whom Pope Francis canonized as the first Hispanic American saint. 

Texas abortion law survives injunction effort; Supreme Court challenge next

Oct 15, 2021 / 18:12 pm

A federal appeals court has allowed a heartbeat-based Texas ban on abortion to remain in effect, rejecting the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to reinstate an injunction. Biden administration officials have pledged to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction.

Supreme Court must return abortion debate to voters and legislatures, says Mississippi brief

Oct 13, 2021 / 18:00 pm

The Supreme Court’s precedents on legal abortion are so tangled and misguided that abortion law should be returned to the people and their representatives in the legislatures, backers of a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks have said.

For Catholic school teachers, new credential program promises formation in faith and reason

Oct 13, 2021 / 15:00 pm

Catholic schools’ unique goals and qualities are the focus of a new program that aims to provide teachers with the formation and credentials for the task, and the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Denver are collaborating with the program.

Churchgoing Catholics disapprove of limits on Traditional Latin Mass, but Pope Francis still popular

Oct 8, 2021 / 16:50 pm

Pope Francis’ restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass appear to be unpopular among regularly practicing Catholics, but most American Catholics have not even heard of the changes, a survey reports.

President Biden's pick for Vatican ambassador: former Sen. Joe Donnelly

Oct 8, 2021 / 15:04 pm

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana is President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

Indigenous 'expert' who advised book burnings at Catholic schools in Canada draws scrutiny

Oct 6, 2021 / 19:01 pm

A Catholic school district in Canada that decided to burn 30 library books about indigenous people and remove some 4,700 others due to alleged mistakes and insensitive portrayals took advice from a woman whose indigenous status and expertise is now in question.

Apologizing 'unreservedly' to sex abuse victims, N Ireland diocese launches compensation fund

Oct 1, 2021 / 17:16 pm

In hopes of supporting dozens of victims of sex abuse by Catholic clergy and other representatives, the Diocese of Dromore has launched a redress fund to consider the claims of those who wish to avoid civil litigation.

Counter Pelosi's abortion stand with roses and rosaries, Archbishop Cordileone says

Sep 30, 2021 / 13:06 pm

People should pray especially for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s change of heart on abortion, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has said in an announcement of a prayer campaign for her.

St Junipero Serra's example will endure, archbishop says after California governor replaces statue

Sep 30, 2021 / 09:33 am

St. Junipero Serra’s heroism did not change when California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to ensure that his statue will no longer stand on the state capitol grounds, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has said.

Nuclear disarmament long overdue, Vatican diplomat tells UN

Sep 29, 2021 / 17:00 pm

Reluctant states should sign a treaty banning nuclear weapons, Vatican diplomat Archbishop Paul Gallagher told the United Nations on Tuesday. The nuclear arms race and strategies of nuclear deterrence are dysfunctional, draw resources from humanitarian concerns, and distract from the imperative to seek peace, he said.

World needs action to back COVID vaccines and health care access, Cardinal Parolin tells UN

Sep 27, 2021 / 17:39 pm

The failure to provide health care access, testing, and vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic deserves global scrutiny, Cardinal Pietro Parolin told the United Nations on Friday. His remarks addressed development, supporting the marginalized, and ensuring the UN adheres to its original mandate and does not empower interest groups that seek to advance disputed or misleading visions of human rights.

Don't let Colo. law silence same-sex marriage objections, web designer asks Supreme Court

Sep 24, 2021 / 17:28 pm

A Colorado web designer who fears prosecution under state anti-discrimination law for stating her faith-based objections to providing services that promote same-sex marriage or weddings has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case.