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

Illinois AG report says nearly 2,000 were victims of clergy sex abuse over 70-year span

May 23, 2023 / 15:27 pm

The report released May 23 covers allegations from 1950 through 2019 within Illinois’ six Catholic dioceses.

Survey: Fewer Americans confident about God’s existence, but many still pray

May 23, 2023 / 10:30 am

Only about half of Americans now say they are certain that God exists, but many Americans say they still pray several times a day.

Make nuclear disarmament a priority, Catholic bishops urge G7 Summit

May 19, 2023 / 16:30 pm

Four Catholic bishops from the U.S. and Japan called for G7 leaders who are meeting in Nagasaki to take action against nuclear weapons.

Vatican withdraws World Youth Day 2023 stamp after criticism in Portugal

May 19, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The stamp’s design drew negative comments because it “recalls a colonial past very distant from Pope Francis’ message of universal fraternity.”

Catholic bishops to FDA: Don’t make ‘minipill’ contraceptive over-the-counter

May 16, 2023 / 14:10 pm

Federal regulators should reject proposed over-the-counter use of the progestin-only “minipill” contraceptive, the U.S. bishops have said.

France’s Catholic clergy to carry ID cards proving they are in good standing

May 16, 2023 / 09:05 am

The French Bishops’ Conference announced the change as part of a large set of measures designed to “intensify the fight against sexual violence within the Church.”

Leading Catholics and rabbis agree: Help terminally ill, reject assisted suicide

May 15, 2023 / 07:30 am

The joint statement said the presentation reaffirmed “the dignity of every human being.”  

Chicago’s Bishop Joseph N. Perry to lead U.S. bishops’ anti-racism committee

May 12, 2023 / 12:25 pm

The Chicago-born bishop brings extensive experience to the role, including his chairmanship of the USCCB Committee on African-American Catholics.

UK birth of ‘three-parent baby’ came at a high moral cost, Catholic bioethicists warn

May 11, 2023 / 14:50 pm

“This is the destruction of two embryonic human individuals to create a third individual,” the Anscombe Bioethics Centre said.

Pope Francis revisits ‘very painful’ Jesuit abductions in 1970s Argentina

May 10, 2023 / 11:15 am

A question about Budapest-born Father Jálics came during the first Jesuit pope’s apostolic visit to Hungary.

Canada replaces crosses in new Royal Crown with maple leaves and snowflakes

May 9, 2023 / 08:00 am

The new redesign intended to emphasize the “Canadian identity of the monarchy” was recommended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Former Google scientist warns about the dangers of artificial intelligence

May 7, 2023 / 08:00 am

A leading artificial intelligence researcher some call the “godfather” of AI says the technology is developing at a “scary” rate.

UPDATE: Feds back off demand that Catholic hospital extinguish chapel candle

May 5, 2023 / 10:25 am

Federal government regulators backed off their demands that a Catholic hospital extinguish its chapel candle.

HHS orders Catholic hospital to snuff out chapel candle or lose its accreditation

May 4, 2023 / 07:43 am

A Catholic hospital system in Oklahoma is contesting federal officials’ demand that it must extinguish an enclosed tabernacle candle in its chapel.

Can religion help treat America’s loneliness epidemic? Surgeon general says yes

May 2, 2023 / 14:30 pm

Loneliness is a risk factor for many serious, even deadly, health conditions, and the antidote is social connection like that found in religious groups.

Hate speech bill advances in Ireland amid fears it would silence J.K. Rowling and the Church

May 2, 2023 / 10:30 am

The bill bars incitement to violence or hatred against persons on account of protected characteristics.

New York Sisters of Charity won’t take new members, signaling end of congregation

Apr 28, 2023 / 15:10 pm

The Sisters of Charity of New York announced they will no longer take new members, describing their congregation as on “a path to completion.”

As HHS plans abortion referral hotline, pro-life alternatives are going strong

Apr 27, 2023 / 15:20 pm

As the Biden administration seeks to establish a million-dollar hotline to provide abortion referrals, pro-life advocates say they have long had better alternatives.

Pope Francis names several Americans to Dicastery for Evangelization

Apr 27, 2023 / 11:30 am

How can Catholics evangelize? Americans picked by Pope Francis will offer their ideas to the evangelization body.

Survey of new priests: Most pray rosary, go to eucharistic adoration, parents stayed married

Apr 26, 2023 / 12:00 pm

A survey of 450 priests-to-be shows that the overwhelming majority were raised Catholic in intact families and showed habits of frequent church service.