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

Fearful of world war, Philippines' bishops to join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Mar 17, 2022 / 16:38 pm

Voicing concern that the far-away conflict in Europe will have consequences in Asia, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, one of the world’s most populous Catholic countries, will join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25.

Bring Saint Patrick's peace and sympathy to Ukraine conflict, Irish archbishops say

Mar 16, 2022 / 17:08 pm

This Saint Patrick’s Day is a time for prayer and action for peace in Ukraine and for all the refugees and other victims of the war, Ireland’s leading Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland archbishops have said in a joint statement.

India court upholds hijab ban in schools as religious tensions continue in Karnataka

Mar 15, 2022 / 16:00 pm

The state of Karnataka may ban Muslim girls from wearing head scarves in schools, the state’s highest court has ruled, contending that wearing the hijab is not essential for the practice of Islam.

Here's what you need to know about consecration of Russia and Ukraine by Pope Francis

Mar 15, 2022 / 12:06 pm

The Vatican's surprise announcement March 15 that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary later this month raises a host of questions. To begin with, what does "consecration" mean? We've got answers for you.

Father Willie Doyle, World War I military chaplain, deserves sainthood cause, Irish group says

Mar 14, 2022 / 18:00 pm

Father Willie Doyle, S.J. was an Irish priest whose heroic sacrifices as a military chaplain during World War I were much admired in the last century. Now a lay group has launched with the goal of reviving his canonization cause and to spread awareness about the priest.

Spain's bishops welcome government commission to investigate sex abuse

Mar 11, 2022 / 16:36 pm

The Spanish parliament has overwhelmingly approved the creation of an independent commission to investigate alleged sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, assigning the country’s ombudsman to lead the investigation.

Air strike damages Catholic convent as Myanmar conflict continues

Mar 10, 2022 / 15:20 pm

The Myanmar conflict’s destruction continued early Thursday morning, when a military aircraft attack on a town in the east of the country caused severe damage to a Catholic convent’s roof, ceiling, and windows.

With joy and hope, growing Norbertine abbey to launch new community in Illinois

Mar 9, 2022 / 10:35 am

The Norbertines’ St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, California, has seen major growth in recent years, and that growth will continue in Illinois. Plans are underway to establish a new community in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois that will include a new center for Catholic spirituality and the formation of teachers of Catholic religion.

Despite new law allowing hospital clergy visits, some Arizona patients can still face difficulties

Mar 4, 2022 / 16:00 pm

A new Arizona law strengthened the ability of hospital patients to receive clergy visitors, but reports that some patients still face problems accessing clergy have prompted action from the legislator who sponsored the law.

Give Ukrainians temporary immigration protections, senators ask Biden 

Mar 1, 2022 / 17:00 pm

The Russian invasion of Ukraine means that Ukrainians in the United States deserve temporary protected status under federal immigration law, 39 U.S. senators said in a Monday letter to President Joe Biden.

El Salvador ex-president and others face charges for 1989 murders of Jesuits

Mar 1, 2022 / 10:17 am

Former El Salvador president Alfredo Cristiani and a dozen others, including former military officers, now face charges related to the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter at the Central American University in San Salvador, prosecutors announced Friday.

Vandalism, arson hits Catholic churches, cemeteries, and schools across US

Feb 25, 2022 / 18:00 pm

Recent weeks witnessed acts of vandalism at Catholic churches and cemeteries across the U.S. While some of the alleged perpetrators were young boys or possibly mentally ill men, police are still investigating several cases of serious damage, including arson at a Catholic school in Ohio.

Black Catholic journalist Daniel Rudd was born a slave. He left a legacy.

Feb 25, 2022 / 16:00 pm

In the wake of the American Civil War, the former slave Daniel Rudd launched a newspaper that sought to inform his readers, advance racial equality, and convert the world to his Catholic faith.

England temporarily extends at-home medical abortion pandemic policy

Feb 25, 2022 / 15:00 pm

Pro-life critics voiced disappointment after England’s health authority gave a six-month extension to a temporary policy that allows women to self-administer both doses of abortion drugs at home, without visiting a medical clinic.

Pope Francis joins college students of the Americas to talk about migration

Feb 25, 2022 / 11:00 am

Pope Francis spoke with college students from the Americas on Thursday, listening to their thoughts on migration and the situation of migrants and emphasizing the need for everyone to build bridges between the global north and south.

This Catholic doctor lost everything in the Nagasaki bombing. Except faith, hope, and love.

Feb 22, 2022 / 15:18 pm

Dr. Takashi Nagai’s work to help survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing and to console his devastated Japanese Catholic community is an unusual example of life-giving love and faith amid desolation and death, various speakers said at the New York Encounter on Sunday.

Why turn the other cheek? To defeat hatred and evil, Pope Francis says

Feb 20, 2022 / 08:22 am

“Turning the other cheek is not the loser’s fallback, but the action of those who have greater inner strength...”

Embezzlement from children's non-profit means prison time for ex-CEO

Feb 17, 2022 / 14:27 pm

A former executive of a historically Catholic Michigan non-profit that serves neglected children and young adults has been sentenced to prison and must pay restitution after pleading guilty on a charge related to his embezzlement of almost $250,000 in funds.

Invalid baptisms: A Catholic explainer about the facts and the fears 

Feb 11, 2022 / 17:19 pm

Baptism involves a simple formula: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and too he Holy Spirit.” The celebrant pours water on the head of the baptized, or immerses them in water.  Usually, Catholic clergy are responsible for baptisms. But anybody can baptize in an emergency, as in cases where a prospective Christian, even an infant, is in imminent danger of death.

Biden rule funding clinics that refer for abortion can continue, federal court says

Feb 9, 2022 / 16:00 pm

Though 12 states have filed a legal challenge to a Biden administration rule that allows clinics that refer for abortions to receive federal family planning funds, a federal court has said the rule can stay in place pending the outcome of the lawsuit.