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

English courts to reconsider life support for Archie Battersbee, severely brain-injured boy

Jun 29, 2022 / 18:00 pm

England’s High Court must hold another hearing to determine whether ending the life support of a severely injured 12-year-old boy, Archie Battersbee, is indeed in the boy’s best interest, an appeals court has said.

Amid Burma conflict, diocese bans two priests from political involvement

Jun 29, 2022 / 11:26 am

A Catholic diocese in Burma has ordered two priests to stop participating in politics and posting on social media against the country’s power structure and Church officials. The priests are staunch critics of the junta whose 2021 coup launched an insurgency that the Catholic bishops hope to end. 

Investigation underway of major fire at Catholic bookstore in Houston

Jun 27, 2022 / 15:40 pm

A Saturday evening fire caused major damage to the Sacco Company Catholic Store in downtown Houston. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

What is a Catholic priest? A new documentary asks the question.

Jun 24, 2022 / 17:00 pm

A new documentary about the Catholic priesthood asks priests what kind of life they are supposed to live as they reflect on their vocations and the role of the priest in Catholic theology and spiritual life.

Dobbs excerpts: Why the U.S. Supreme Court said Roe v Wade was 'egregiously wrong'

Jun 24, 2022 / 12:08 pm

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, saying that previous abortion rulings were “egregiously wrong from the start” and on a “collision course with the Constitution.” Roe and other pro-abortion rights precedents were “an error that cannot be allowed to stand,” and the abortion debate must now return to the states.

Read about the five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade

Jun 24, 2022 / 09:15 am

Five conservative justices joined the majority opinion in the Dobbs abortion case.

Records of Jews who sought Vatican help during Holocaust to go public

Jun 23, 2022 / 18:00 pm

Relatives of Holocaust survivors and victims can now look through the files of more than 2,700 Jews who sought help through Vatican channels to escape Nazi persecution before and during the Second World War. The archives have gone public on the internet at the request of Pope Francis.

Did a saint work in Catholic campus ministry? Bismarck diocese opens inquiry for Michelle Duppong

Jun 20, 2022 / 14:26 pm

Michelle Duppong was a North Dakota Catholic woman who lived such an exemplary life of faith, joy, and campus missionary work that her home diocese will open an inquiry into whether she should be recognized as a saint of the Church.

Let Jesus Christ feed the hungers of your life, Pope Francis says on Corpus Christi

Jun 19, 2022 / 09:56 am

The pope also prayed for the upcoming World Meeting of Families, and for peace in Myanmar and Ukraine.

St. Columba’s 1,500-year-old legacy includes this new Scottish Catholic pilgrimage

Jun 19, 2022 / 04:00 am

Catholic pilgrims walked the Brecbannoch Pilgrimage June 11 to 13 to pray for Scotland and return a relic of the missionary Irish saint.

Bishop revokes Catholic status of Jesuit school flying LGBT, Black Lives Matter flags

Jun 17, 2022 / 06:06 am

Bishop Robert McManus said flying the flags in front of a Catholic school "sends a mixed, confusing and scandalous message" at odds with Church teaching.

June assembly a chance for U.S. bishops to grow 'intellectually, pastorally, and spiritually'

Jun 13, 2022 / 19:07 pm

Every three years, the bishops set aside their usual June assembly business and focus instead on recollection and fraternity.

Who, or what, is 'Jane's Revenge'? A look at the group invoked in pro-abortion vandalism

Jun 11, 2022 / 12:45 pm

Some say the name is an apparent reference to an illegal abortion procurement ring in the 1960s and '70s.

Abortion and public opinion: what the surveys really say

Jun 10, 2022 / 02:10 am

Political scientist Michael New said that ‘polling about Roe v. Wade provides little insight about American attitudes toward abortion.’

Archbishop Cordileone ‘stood up for what’s right’ in actions toward Pelosi, Fresno bishop says

Jun 8, 2022 / 18:01 pm

Bishop Joseph V. Brennan expressed his support for Cordileone's Communion ban in a June 6 letter to the diocese.

Catholic lawmakers who backed Colorado's abortion law should refrain from Communion, state's bishops say

Jun 7, 2022 / 15:17 pm

Voting to allow abortion for any reason up until birth was a "gravely sinful action," the bishops said in a letter released June 7.

Pregnant women and their babies can find help among Rhode Island's Catholics

Jun 4, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Expectant mothers, babies, and their families can find comfort and encouragement alongside material help like cribs, diapers, and baby formula through the Saint Gabriel’s Call ministry in Rhode Island.

US embassy to Vatican again flies Pride Flag as Biden administration backs 'LGBTQIA+' advocacy

Jun 1, 2022 / 18:00 pm

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has again flown a Pride Flag, as President Joe Biden reiterated his commitment to supporting LGBT advocacy and, apparently, transgender-affirming health care for children.

Here's how Catholics will pray for Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee

Jun 1, 2022 / 13:00 pm

As the United Kingdom prepares to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years as monarch, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has released prayers for the occasion.

San Diego's Bishop McElroy 'deeply honored' to be named cardinal

May 31, 2022 / 18:08 pm

Bishop Robert McElroy told reporters Tuesday he was very surprised that Pope Francis had named him a cardinal, but cited shared interests with the pope as a possible factor in the decision.