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

Thousands sign up for Pope election text message

Mar 11, 2013 / 23:02 pm

Over 35,000 people have signed up for, a service of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students that sends out a free text and e-mail alert when the next Pope is elected.

Catholics worldwide mobilize support for new Pope

Mar 9, 2013 / 06:05 am

When the white smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel to signal the next Pope’s election, Catholics in some cities can gather at local rally points organized in advance to show their support and love.

Planned Parenthood under fire after botched Colo. abortion

Mar 8, 2013 / 04:02 am

An attorney has called for greater Planned Parenthood accountability after a Colorado clinic allegedly performed abortion without anesthetic on an unwilling woman which sent her to the hospital.

Catholics speak out against Colo. civil unions bill

Mar 6, 2013 / 02:02 am

Those who testified against a Colorado civil unions bill last week included a Catholic man with same-sex attraction and a Colorado attorney general who was adopted through Catholic Charities.

New Las Cruces bishop urges transformation through Jesus

Mar 1, 2013 / 10:05 am

Bishop Oscar Cantú became head of the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M. on Feb. 28, using his homily to encourage the faithful to trust in the power of God to transform their lives and their cultures.

California priest inspires push for beatification cause

Mar 1, 2013 / 02:03 am

Basque-born priest Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, a reputed miracle worker who ministered in Los Angeles for decades until his death in 1981, has inspired efforts to open an inquiry into his cause for beatification.

Korean War chaplain slated to receive Medal of Honor

Feb 26, 2013 / 04:02 am

A former Kansas Congressman has indicated that Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor later this year, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War.

Care for women vital to pro-life cause, advocate stresses

Feb 19, 2013 / 02:02 am

Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic manager Abby Johnson praised care centers for pregnant women as essential to the pro-life movement at large.

US couple's elopement results in 80 years of marriage

Feb 16, 2013 / 06:02 am

John and Ann Betar, a Fairfield, Conn. couple who eloped to escape an arranged marriage 80 years ago, have been honored as the longest-married couple in the U.S. by an organization dedicated to strengthening marriage.

Lawyer says ACLU wrongly limits religious liberty

Feb 15, 2013 / 04:03 am

A lawyer involved in prominent religious liberty cases says the American Civil Liberties Union's opposition to religious exemptions will ultimately discriminate against believers.

Basketball pros to become Catholic campus missionaries

Feb 14, 2013 / 00:03 am

Best friends Jennifer Risper and Christina Wirth have given up professional basketball to become Catholic missionaries with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students' outreach to student athletes.

Knights of Columbus celebrate history of breaking down racial barriers

Feb 8, 2013 / 04:03 am

During Black History Month, the Knights of Columbus are noting the Catholic organization's “forward-thinking” attitudes towards racial equality long before they were popular.

San Francisco pro-life rally draws 50,000, papal praise

Jan 28, 2013 / 18:03 pm

An estimated 50,000 pro-life advocates rallied and marched against abortion in San Francisco for the Walk for Life West Coast Jan. 26, drawing greetings and praise from Pope Benedict XVI.

Rally against civil unions bill warns of 'great persecution'

Jan 26, 2013 / 06:02 am

Around 200 opponents of a Colorado civil unions bill rallied at the state capitol Jan. 25, warning that the legislation not only redefines marriage but could shut down Catholic adoption agencies in the state.

Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life

Jan 22, 2013 / 02:02 am

Hundreds of pro-life advocates gathered on the west steps of the Colorado capitol on Sunday for the March for Life rally and walk ahead of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

MLK was Christ-inspired, says head Knight of Peter Claver

Jan 20, 2013 / 16:01 pm

Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil rights leader who was “inspired by the teachings of Christ,” says the head of the Knights of Peter Claver.

Colo. civil unions bill could endanger Catholic child services

Jan 18, 2013 / 00:02 am

A new version of a proposed Colorado civil unions bill has dropped provisions that protect agencies from being forced to place children with same-sex and unmarried opposite-sex couples – a change that could put at risk Catholic Charities' adoption and foster care services in the state.

Facebook abortion ads prompt call for pro-life action

Jan 15, 2013 / 00:02 am

Facebook must be called on to refuse abortion ads that target U.K. women, says a pro-life leader who warns the practice “threatens to further commercialize the killing of unborn children.”

Pope's Twitter success praised as evangelization breakthrough

Jan 11, 2013 / 13:30 pm

Pope Benedict's mass of 2.5 million followers in eight languages during his first month on Twitter has one Vatican priest calling the pontiff's online presence “a new frontier” of evangelization.

Illinois priest on leave after 911 handcuff call

Jan 11, 2013 / 00:03 am

A priest of the Diocese of Springfield is on leave after he dialed 911 asking for help getting out of handcuffs – a call that has been replayed across the internet.