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

iPhone’s lack of abortion clinic advice not intentional, Apple says

Dec 2, 2011 / 04:12 am

The failure of the iPhone’s Siri program to locate some abortion clinics drew praise from pro-lifers and criticism from pro-abortion rights advocates, but Apple said the lack of recommendations was unintentional.

Irish Church’s abuse review stresses accountability

Dec 1, 2011 / 11:27 am

New reviews of six Irish dioceses show that the Catholic Church in Ireland is dedicated to “complete transparency and accountability” about allegations of clerical sex abuse and that its child protection systems are improving, an official with the independent review board says.

Cloistered nun and former actress to tell story of Hollywood and faith

Nov 30, 2011 / 04:03 am

The Central California Marian Eucharistic Conference this January will feature a rare speaker: Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, a former award-winning actress who performed in two Elvis Presley movies and still votes for the Academy Awards.

As holidays approach, Catholic aid agencies encourage generosity

Nov 21, 2011 / 09:54 am

Officials with Catholic charities and relief agencies have asked people to remember both the needs of the poor at home and those facing humanitarian disasters overseas.

After fire, director reflects on Camp St. Malo's important role

Nov 17, 2011 / 18:51 pm

The Camp St. Malo Retreat Center severely damaged in a Nov. 14 fire has had a “huge” place in the life of the Catholic Church in Colorado, its director says.

Bishop Finn agreement seems to indicate prosecution's weak case

Nov 17, 2011 / 03:13 am

A county prosecutor’s agreement with Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph is a sign of the weakness of the charge that the bishop illegally failed to report suspected child sex abuse, a Missouri lawyer says.

NJ nurses explain lawsuit against hospital’s abortion requirements

Nov 15, 2011 / 11:36 am

With the backing of a congressman, a group of nurses in New Jersey are speaking about their lawsuit challenging their hospital superiors’ orders to cooperate in abortions or lose their jobs.

New Catholic iPhone app ‘ignites’ prayer communities

Nov 12, 2011 / 18:05 pm

A new iPhone app called “Ignio” is designed to help Catholics deepen their faith by featuring a digital flame that grows and shrinks according to how much the user prays for friends, attends Mass or reads Scripture.

Maryland bishops warn of rising restrictions on religious freedom

Nov 11, 2011 / 01:29 am

Religious freedom is fundamental to a free society, but some political and cultural trends are threatening that freedom, the Catholic bishops of Maryland said in a new statement.

Fewer Democrats tend to be churchgoers, survey says

Nov 9, 2011 / 01:22 am

Republicans are more likely to attend church than Democrats, while Catholics’ presence in both U.S. political parties has dropped slightly, a new Gallup poll says.

Bishop Conley sees ‘atheocracy’ as major threat to pro-life cause

Nov 8, 2011 / 04:11 am

Increasing hostility to religion and growing restrictions on religious expression are “the biggest challenge the pro-life movement faces,” Bishop James D. Conley told a benefit for a Dallas pro-life group.

Contraceptive mandate designed to impact Catholics, CEO tells Congress

Nov 4, 2011 / 00:34 am

The federal government’s new contraceptive and sterilization insurance coverage mandate includes a religious exemption whose language was designed specifically to counter Catholic institutions’ conscience protections, one Catholic health care leader told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee Nov. 2.

Baltimore video incident exposes lax attitudes towards porn

Nov 3, 2011 / 17:15 pm

Lax law enforcement and a society desensitized to pornography may be partly to blame for the widespread “viral” distribution of a pornographic video of two Baltimore 14-year-olds filmed on school property, one expert says.

Catholic Answers’ lawsuit against IRS unlikely to succeed

Oct 25, 2011 / 03:59 am

The San Diego-based apologetics group Catholic Answers has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow it to sue the Internal Revenue Service for violating its First Amendment rights for “improperly taxing its constitutionally protected political speech.”

Illinois bishop runs Kansas City Marathon

Oct 20, 2011 / 04:03 am

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois ran the Kansas City Marathon on Saturday to help raise money and awareness for pro-life work.

Bishop Finn, diocese plead not guilty to charge of not reporting abuse

Oct 17, 2011 / 14:38 pm

Bishop Robert W. Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph have entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor charges of failure to report a priest’s suspected child abuse. The bishop asked for prayers and pointed to new reforms intended to ensure transparency.

NJ monastery to display Shroud of Turin copy

Oct 15, 2011 / 18:42 pm

A nearly 400-year-old copy of the Shroud of Turin is now on display for public veneration at a New Jersey monastery in hopes of inspiring more reflection on Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion.

Antonio Gaspari named Zenit’s new editorial coordinator

Oct 13, 2011 / 14:25 pm

Following the resignation of its director and six editors, the international Catholic news agency Zenit has announced that Italian journalist Antonio Gaspari will be its new editorial coordinator.

LA archbishop charts missionary course for Hispanic theology's future

Oct 13, 2011 / 04:25 am

Hispanic Catholic theology and ministry should work to recover the “sense of wonder and mystery” that the first missionaries to America experienced, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles said Oct. 11.

Pennsylvania man’s miraculous healing will canonize Italian priest

Oct 11, 2011 / 04:00 am

A Pennsylvania man says his miraculous healing shows God's outreach to those who seem far from their faith. The healing is credited to Blessed Louis Guanella, the Servants of Charity founder who will be canonized Oct. 23.