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

John Paul II exhibit to launch US tour in New Orleans

Apr 14, 2012 / 05:11 am

A museum exhibit on the legacy of Blessed John Paul II will begin its U.S. tour at New Orleans’ Notre Dame Seminary in February 2013.

Conn. Catholic Conference praises repeal of death penalty

Apr 13, 2012 / 01:07 am

The Connecticut legislature’s passage of a bill to abolish the death penalty is “a wonderful step in the right direction,” says Michael C. Culhane, director of the state's Catholic conference.

Leader of 40 Days for Life criticizes abortion prayer effort

Apr 12, 2012 / 14:06 pm

A California clergy group linked to Planned Parenthood has organized a 40-day prayer campaign for abortion rights, drawing criticism from Shawn Carney, head of the successful 40 Days for Life campaign.

Pro-life campaign saves over 800 babies during Lenten outreach

Apr 12, 2012 / 02:58 am

The 40 Days for Life spring campaign of pro-life advocacy, prayer and community outreach ended on April 1 after saving hundreds of babies from abortion.

Thousands join Catholic Church on Easter

Apr 10, 2012 / 08:27 am

Thousands of new Catholics were baptized and thousands more Christians were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter vigil last weekend.

Pro-life provisions in US bishops' grant ruled unconstitutional

Mar 28, 2012 / 03:08 am

A federal judge sparked criticism after he ruled unconstitutional the government's accommodation of pro-life beliefs in an anti-human trafficking contract with the U.S. bishops.

Report on Europe finds 'numerous' anti-Christian actions, crimes

Mar 20, 2012 / 23:02 pm

A new report says that 85 percent of hate crimes committed in Europe during 2011were aimed at Christians.

Sainthood cause advances for US Jesuit and Soviet prisoner

Mar 20, 2012 / 20:27 pm

The inquiry into the sainthood cause of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J., a missionary who was imprisoned in the Soviet Union for 23 years, has taken a “major step forward” with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints issuing a declaration that the investigation is valid.

Pro-life supporters to 'Bike for the Unborn' in California

Mar 17, 2012 / 05:09 am

Organizers are encouraging cyclists to sign up for a 250-mile bike pilgrimage in southern California to raise money for pro-life organizations and pray for change in America.

New poll shows Scotland opposed to 'gay marriage'

Mar 15, 2012 / 02:13 am

The majority of Scots do not support legal recognition of “gay marriage,” according to a recently conducted poll in the country.

Philly archdiocese ex-financial officer to face charges in $900,000 theft

Mar 14, 2012 / 23:41 pm

The former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has turned herself in to the Philadelphia district attorney to face several charges related to the theft of almost one million dollars from the archdiocese.

Rome visit affirms Missouri bishop, stirs memories of John Paul II

Mar 13, 2012 / 23:09 pm

Bishop John R. Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo. was at the Vatican this week visiting with Pope Benedict and reporting on the health of his diocese, but the trip also brought back memories of seeing John Paul II in 1997.

NY Times ad accused of 'hate speech' against Catholics

Mar 9, 2012 / 17:17 pm

A secularist group's New York Times ad that urges Catholics to leave the Church over its' resistance to the contraception mandate is being called “hate speech” by critics.

Maine diocese will oppose 'gay marriage' ballot question

Mar 9, 2012 / 04:29 am

While some media outlets have presented Bishop Richard Malone of Portland’s new pastoral letter on marriage as a sign the Catholic Church in Maine will not oppose a ballot measure to recognize “gay marriage” in the state, the diocese maintains that is not the case.

Pope names new bishop of Baker, Oregon

Mar 8, 2012 / 13:39 pm

Pope Benedict XVI’s March 7 appointment of Fr. Liam Stephen Cary as the new bishop of Oregon’s Baker diocese was warmly received by Catholic bishops in the region.

HHS mandate threatens Little Sisters of the Poor elder care

Mar 8, 2012 / 00:34 am

The Little Sisters of the Poor say the HHS contraception and sterilization mandate threatens their continued ministry to the impoverished elderly. They are “strongly objecting” to the federal rule and say it should be repealed as soon as possible.

Hawaii lawsuit shows civil unions help redefine marriage

Mar 7, 2012 / 04:21 am

A Hawaiian lawsuit asking a federal court to instate “gay marriage” shows that the recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships and civil unions is just a stepping stone to redefining marriage, several critics say.

Pope voices sorrow over deadly Poland train wreck

Mar 6, 2012 / 16:23 pm

Pope Benedict XVI heard “with sorrow” the news of a deadly head-on train collision in Poland and has expressed his condolences to the victims in a telegram to the president of the Polish bishops’ conference.

Indiana Catholics respond to ‘devastating’ storm damage

Mar 5, 2012 / 19:23 pm

Indiana Catholics are committed to helping victims recover from the March 2 outburst of tornadoes that killed at least 13 people in the southern part of the state.

Catholics remember Shahbaz Bhatti one year after murder

Mar 2, 2012 / 14:56 pm

The first anniversary of the murder of Pakistan Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti witnessed several memorials and acclamations for the man many say should be declared a martyr.