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

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.

Fired nurse practitioner charges CVS Pharmacy with religious discrimination

Feb 8, 2022 / 17:20 pm

A Christian nurse practitioner formerly employed at a CVS Pharmacy in Texas has filed a discrimination complaint, saying that the company illegally discriminated against her on the basis of her religious beliefs against contraception and pressured her to change her beliefs.

Phoenix priest who botched baptisms for decades apologizes, seeks to make amends

Feb 7, 2022 / 17:22 pm

A Catholic priest in Phoenix has apologized, asked forgiveness, and resigned as parish pastor after a determination that he had failed to baptize validly over his two decades of priestly service in Brazil, the Diocese of San Diego, and the Diocese of Phoenix.

Retired Anglican bishop Peter Forster becomes Catholic, news report confirms

Feb 4, 2022 / 17:00 pm

Peter Forster, a former Anglican Bishop of Chester, was received into the Catholic Church in Scotland last year, a Church of England news site has reported. He is the third leading Church of England clergyman to become Catholic in the last year.

What did Pope Francis say about sinners, baptism and the communion of saints?

Feb 3, 2022 / 17:20 pm

Any talk about apostates and former Catholics who persecute the Church is bound to grab attention, and Pope Francis’ Wednesday audience drew a reaction from some who wondered whether he had intentionally included the damned in the communion of saints.

Never lose amazement at God's wonders, Pope Francis tells consecrated religious 

Feb 2, 2022 / 16:41 pm

The amazed joy of Simeon and Anna at encountering and embracing Christ at the Temple is a virtue that consecrated religious should remember and imitate, the pope said in a homily addressed to religious brothers and sisters. 

Questions in community: New York Encounter seeks truth in a changing world

Feb 2, 2022 / 13:00 pm

The search for truth in a polarized, pandemic-struck world will be the focus of myriad conversation and artistic events at this year’s New York Encounter, held later this month in New York City.

Bloody Sunday anniversary a time to remember, and forgive, Derry bishop says

Jan 28, 2022 / 17:00 pm

Fifty years ago, the Bloody Sunday massacre resulted in many reactions: lies, anger, and a misplaced desire to forget the past, Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry said Friday. But only truth, remembrance, compassion, and forgiveness, through the grace of God, can overcome the legacy of the atrocity and other traumas in Northern Ireland.

Pope Francis to speak with Loyola University Chicago students, others in global livestream

Jan 27, 2022 / 15:11 pm

Loyola University Chicago will host a livestream conversation between Pope Francis and college students from around the world next month as part of the Catholic Church’s preparations for the Synod on Synodality.

Was it legal? Pro-abortion light projection on Catholic basilica part of debated trend

Jan 26, 2022 / 17:06 pm

A pro-abortion rights group drew wide condemnation from Catholics, including Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, for projecting pro-choice slogans on the facade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Mass and Holy Hour on the eve of the March for Life last Thursday. 

St John Cantius parish in Chicago seeks to reassure faithful amid changes

Jan 21, 2022 / 17:16 pm

The priests of Chicago’s St. John Cantius parish have pledged both continued support for their parishioners and obedience to the liturgical changes implemented by Pope Francis and Cardinal Blase Cupich.

Copyright and the Catechism of the Catholic Church make for some legal surprises 

Jan 20, 2022 / 16:19 pm

The Catechism of the Catholic Church was released in 1992 after years of development. It has helped generations of Catholics to deepen their understanding of their Christian faith. But those who want to use the Catechism text for internet projects have to deepen their understanding of something else: U.S. copyright law and the requirements of the Catechism’s U.S. copyright holder, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Scholarships, loan relief for abortion workers in California budget proposal

Jan 19, 2022 / 17:00 pm

California health care workers who commit to providing abortions could see their student loans repaid and prospective abortion industry workers could receive scholarships, if lawmakers retain a $20 million proposal in the state’s new draft budget.

The nuns who witnessed the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr

Jan 17, 2022 / 12:04 pm

Sister Mary Antona Ebo was the only black Catholic nun who marched with civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.

10 things to know about Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 14, 2022 / 13:00 pm

A recent investigative report concerning the Archdiocese of Munich has placed Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the media spotlight again. Here are some of the highlights of his life and tenure as pope.

Alleged vandal faces hate crime charge after major damage to Denver's Catholic cathedral

Jan 13, 2022 / 17:31 pm

A 26-year-old woman has turned herself in on two charges related to some $10,000 in vandalism damage to Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.