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

Conference examines inspiring poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Mar 30, 2011 / 00:43 am

The deeply religious poetry of the Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins was the focus of a conference where participants praised the nineteenth-century poet’s craftsmanship and environmentalism, saying he and Bl. John Henry Newman were “revolutionaries in their time.”

Info missing from survey claiming Catholic support for gay ‘marriage’ (Updated)

Mar 26, 2011 / 05:19 am

A survey claiming majority U.S. Catholic support for same-sex “marriage” shows some differences with the “gold standard” of social surveys and did not report important information like the margin of error.

Archbishop of Indianapolis is ‘alert’ and recovering after mild stroke

Mar 23, 2011 / 03:50 am

Archbishop Daniel M. Beuchlein of Indianapolis suffered a mild stroke on March 18 and has been hospitalized.

Police response to firebomb attack on pro-life demonstrator criticized

Mar 22, 2011 / 04:51 am

The “tepid” and “rude” police response to a firebomb attack on a pro-life demonstrator outside a Kalispell, Montana abortion clinic merits disciplinary action, the head of a Catholic legal group said.

WikiLeaks cable: US government considered grants for Mexican pro-abortion groups

Mar 19, 2011 / 05:39 am

A leaked State Department cable shows the U.S. government has considered granting money to pro-abortion groups in Mexico. Critics warned that the grants would fund “radical” organizations seeking to change Mexican society and legalize abortion under the guise of combating violence against women.

As Ireland endures hard times, Catholics advised to look to St. Patrick

Mar 16, 2011 / 23:43 pm

Amid economic uncertainty and the continued response to the clergy abuse crisis, the bishops of Ireland have urged Catholics to remember St. Patrick’s plight.

Young cancer patient improves as parents ask for more prayers to Mother Teresa

Mar 15, 2011 / 03:36 am

Toddler cancer patient Joseph Wahlin is showing some positive signs following medical treatment and many prayers to Bl. Mother Teresa.

Toddler cancer patient’s vision inspires prayers to Mother Teresa for miracle

Mar 11, 2011 / 03:45 am

Family and friends of a two-year-old boy suffering from severe cancer are seeking a miracle through the intercession of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. They believe the child has seen an apparition of her and two angels.

Scholars praise Pope’s new book for promoting biblical studies renewal

Mar 10, 2011 / 01:01 am

Pope Benedict XVI’s new book “Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week” addresses misunderstandings about Jesus and helps renew the study of the Bible, a panel of scholars said at a March 9 preview event.

Archbishop Chaput criticizes American inaction on religious freedom issues

Mar 1, 2011 / 11:31 am

American inaction and complacency towards promoting religious freedom keeps the United States from exporting one of its “greatest qualities” and hinders an “honest discussion” on the relationship between Islam and democratic assumptions, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said March 1.

New report: Anti-Christian violence in India had high-level government support

Mar 1, 2011 / 03:45 am

A new independent report on anti-Christian violence in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka has charged that the violence was pre-planned and backed by the state’s highest government authorities.

Defunding threat finds Planned Parenthood at vulnerable point in its contentious history

Feb 25, 2011 / 17:10 pm

Planned Parenthood is now at a point of “significant vulnerability” because of a shift against abortion and government spending, one historian of the organization says.

Obama decision on marriage law raises questions of religious liberty, future of marriage

Feb 24, 2011 / 15:05 pm

The Obama administration’s decision not to defend a key federal marriage law raises worrying questions about the religious freedom of Catholics and others who believe in traditional marriage, according to Catholic leaders.

Pastor of Catholic couple killed by Somali pirates praises their faith

Feb 23, 2011 / 03:51 am

A sailing Catholic couple killed by Somali pirates during their global cruise to distribute Bibles was a “wonderful part” of a California Catholic parish, the couple’s pastor said.

Bishop of Green Bay ends moratorium on CCHD collection

Feb 22, 2011 / 03:59 am

Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay has announced the end of a moratorium on local collections for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development because of policy changes aimed at preventing grants to groups whose actions contradict Catholic teaching.

Pro-life cause sees advances in Congressional debate on abortion

Feb 20, 2011 / 15:10 pm

Key pro-life measures advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. One committee approved a bill that would ensure health care legislation does not provide funding for abortions, while the House passed a bill that would pull Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.

Vatican ruling against closure of three Mass. churches might not be final

Feb 17, 2011 / 15:47 pm

While a decree from the Vatican held that three churches in the Diocese of Springfield should not be closed, a canon lawyer who analyzed the ruling said that the document leaves open the possibility that the churches can still be shut down if proper procedure is followed.

House begins debate on ‘long overdue’ abortion funding restrictions

Feb 10, 2011 / 03:15 am

The House of Representatives has begun debate on proposals targeting funding of abortion in the federal budget.

Refusal to air John 3:16 Super Bowl ad censored Jesus, media watchdog says

Feb 8, 2011 / 03:43 am

The Fox Broadcasting Company’s refusal to air a Super Bowl commercial which encouraged the reading of the Bible verse John 3:16 “censored” Jesus Christ while ignoring objectionable material, Media Research Center president L. Brent Bozell III said.

Catholic bishops place bets on Steelers-Packers Super Bowl

Feb 5, 2011 / 05:36 am

Ahead of the Super Bowl, Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay and Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh have made a friendly wager on the outcome of the NFL Championship game.