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

10 things to know about Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 14, 2022 / 13:00 pm

A recent investigative report concerning the Archdiocese of Munich has placed Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the media spotlight again. Here are some of the highlights of his life and tenure as pope.

Alleged vandal faces hate crime charge after major damage to Denver's Catholic cathedral

Jan 13, 2022 / 17:31 pm

A 26-year-old woman has turned herself in on two charges related to some $10,000 in vandalism damage to Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Lawsuit alleges Notre Dame, Georgetown among universities rigging financial aid

Jan 12, 2022 / 13:00 pm

The University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University are among 16 elite private universities and colleges facing a federal lawsuit that alleges they illegally conspired to reduce financial aid awards to students, in effect a form of price-fixing.

After pro-abortion rights essay draws ire, Jesuit high school retracts student magazine issue

Jan 11, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Leadership at a Denver-area Catholic high school retracted an entire issue of a quarterly student magazine after a student’s “deeply troubling” pro-abortion rights essay drew criticism and concern from several parents and the local archbishop.

Monks bow out of Illinois Catholic school after controversy over coach in same-sex union

Jan 6, 2022 / 18:00 pm

After a Chicago-area Catholic high school bowed to protests and hired a lacrosse coach in a same-sex marriage, the Benedictine monks who sponsor it have said they will transition out of leadership at the school.

Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity seek swift fix after Indian government blocks foreign donations

Dec 28, 2021 / 17:00 pm

Supporters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity reacted with surprise and concern to the Indian government’s ruling that the organization is now ineligible for foreign donations, but a spokeswoman for the Calcutta-based branch of the organization believes the situation will be remedied without much effect on the missionaries’ work.

For Tampa's homeless, small cottages could give hope for a better future

Dec 23, 2021 / 06:00 am

A new housing complex of small cottages and tents aims to help several hundred homeless people in Tampa, in a project launched by Catholic Charities with help from the City of Tampa.

Despite Kentucky tornadoes, Virgin Mary statue still stands—and Catholics offer help

Dec 13, 2021 / 19:01 pm

The deadly storms that hit nine states in the Midwest and the South produced an image of a statue of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child, seemingly untouched outside the damaged building of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Chicago suburb is home to a major Guadalupe shrine

Dec 12, 2021 / 07:00 am

Marian devotion is intense among the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe each year on her feast day.

As Christmas approaches, priests should emphasize that confession can heal, cardinal says

Dec 11, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Sacramental confession has healing abilities that priests should especially emphasize to help bring God’s love and consolation to a world damaged by two years of the coronavirus pandemic. That is the advice for confessors from Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, who stressed the urgency of their work for humanity.

Christians must bring encounter with Christ to those with sexuality or gender troubles, Marquette bishop says

Dec 10, 2021 / 14:00 pm

In matters of sexuality and gender identity, Christians must first help others hear the Gospel, encounter Jesus, and know God’s love, Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette has said. Accompaniment must come before addressing any apparently sinful behavior.

Replace 'George Floyd' Christ with 'uncontroversial' art, Catholic University student government says

Dec 9, 2021 / 11:28 am

An image portraying the Virgin Mary and Jesus as Black in a way that some critics said politicized religion to comment on the murder of George Floyd was defended and replaced by Catholic University of America officials after it was stolen in late November. The university’s student government, however, has now passed a resolution calling for the image to be replaced with other art that better fulfills the needs for theological art and representation of the Black community.

As three more hostages released in Haiti, Christian group thanks God and asks for more prayers

Dec 6, 2021 / 14:07 pm

Three more hostages from an Ohio-based Christian group were released in Haiti, leaving 12 captives of the 400 Mawozo gang. The gang previously kidnapped and released a group of 10 Catholics, including priests and religious.

Christian-Muslim dialogue needs a foundation in everyday friendship, French Dominican says

Nov 26, 2021 / 00:00 am

Progress in Christian-Muslim dialogue ultimately must come from Catholics and others who deliberately make efforts to befriend and understand Muslims, said the French-born Father Jean Druel, O.P. 

Petition seeks to return St. Junipero Serra statue to ‘place of honor’ at Catholic university

Nov 24, 2021 / 18:04 pm

A statue of Saint Junipero Serra must return to the Loyola Marymount University campus, an alumni group has said in a letter and petition to the president of the Los Angeles-area Catholic university.

Former priest files new sexual abuse lawsuit against Theodore McCarrick

Nov 23, 2021 / 18:35 pm

A former Catholic priest who has previously alleged that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him when he was a seminarian has filed a lawsuit against McCarrick and the Newark archdiocese.

After shocking Waukesha Christmas parade attack, Wis. Catholics grieve and pray

Nov 22, 2021 / 16:51 pm

Catholics in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha have responded with grief, prayer, and solidarity after an SUV drove into marchers in the city’s Christmas parade. Five people were killed, and among the nearly 50 injured are a Catholic priest, multiple parishioners, and Catholic schoolchildren.

Heart surgery scheduled for San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy

Nov 22, 2021 / 11:32 am

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is scheduled for a coronary bypass surgery on Monday. He is expected to make a full recovery, though he will not return to work until after Christmas.

Lawsuit alleges Jesuit priest committed sex abuse in North Carolina in the 1990s

Nov 19, 2021 / 16:30 pm

A new lawsuit alleges that a long-serving Jesuit priest sexually abused a boy at a Catholic school in Charlotte, North Carolina in the 1990s. 

Washington florist who declined to serve same-sex wedding will pay settlement, retire

Nov 18, 2021 / 20:05 pm

A Christian florist who was sued after declining to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony and subsequently spent eight years in court will pay a small settlement and retire, rather than seek another U.S. Supreme Court hearing.