Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown is a staff writer and assistant podcast producer for Catholic News Agency. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and in the past has worked as a writer, as a producer for public radio, and as a videographer.

Articles by Jonah McKeown

Tiananmen memorial Masses won’t be held in Hong Kong this year amid security law concerns

May 24, 2022 / 16:58 pm

A Catholic group in Hong Kong will not be holding Masses this year to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, citing concerns that doing so could run afoul of the Beijing-imposed national security laws under which several Catholic leaders have been arrested. 

DC archdiocese mistakenly gives candid response on Pelosi Communion denial

May 23, 2022 / 17:43 pm

The Archdiocese of Washington’s communications office erroneously told a reporter Monday that media requests related to Nancy Pelosi’s denial of Holy Communion by her bishop “will be ignored.”

English bishop urges Catholics to oppose Jersey assisted suicide proposal

May 23, 2022 / 15:23 pm

The Catholic bishop overseeing the island of Jersey has called on clergy and parishioners to “speak out” and mobilize against proposals to legalize assisted suicide there.

Charleston bishop 'conquered hearts' ministering to Hispanics in Georgia

May 22, 2022 / 14:00 pm

The newly consecrated Bishop of Charleston showed a great commitment and love for the Hispanic community in the Archdiocese of Atlanta where he previously served, according to a Hispanic leader in Atlanta.

Christian leaders condemn Israeli police violence at Palestinian journalist's funeral

May 16, 2022 / 16:13 pm

Christian leaders of the Holy Land on Monday condemned recent violence at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying the “tragic episode” has “deeply wounded” the Christian community. 

Cardinal Stafford urges a rediscovery of the Liturgy of the Hours

May 16, 2022 / 11:00 am

What does it mean to pray “ceaselessly”?

What is Roe v Wade? Six things to know.

May 13, 2022 / 17:00 pm

What exactly is Roe v. Wade, and why does it matter whether it's overturned?

Charleston's new bishop will draw on experiences with diverse cultures

May 12, 2022 / 11:00 am

The bishop-elect of Charleston is set to become the first Black bishop in the diocese’s 200-year history when he is installed this Friday, May 13.

Documentary chronicles Bishop Michael Portier,  the 'Servant of the South'

May 11, 2022 / 13:28 pm

A new documentary chronicles the life of Bishop Michael Portier, the first Bishop of Mobile and a giant in the history of Catholicism in the American south. 

US bishops urge fasting and prayer in response to pro-abortion threats

May 10, 2022 / 14:50 pm

In response to threats of violence from pro-abortion activists, the U.S. bishops’ conference is inviting Catholics around the country to join in fasting and praying the rosary on Friday, May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Parish church in northern Colorado tagged with pro-abortion graffiti; police investigating

May 9, 2022 / 15:35 pm

A Catholic parish church in northern Colorado known for its active pro-life ministry was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti over the weekend. 

Eucharistic Revival: Preacher hopes to convey the 'transformative nature' of the Real Presence

May 6, 2022 / 13:13 pm

Father Doug Grandon is a Catholic priest today, but spent the first half of his life as a Protestant. As an Anglican priest, he began to wonder whether the liturgy he was celebrating actually resulted in the body and blood of Christ, or simply bread and wine.  

Colorado parish defaced with pro-abortion graffiti for second time in seven months

May 4, 2022 / 17:00 pm

A Catholic parish church in Boulder, Colorado was defaced with pro-abortion slogans the evening of May 3, marking the second time in less than a year that the parish has been targeted with pro-abortion graffiti.

What was gravity like at the moment of creation? Vatican Observatory researchers make strides toward an answer

May 3, 2022 / 17:00 pm

The Vatican Observatory announced last week a new mathematical model — drafted by two Catholic priests — for describing how gravity worked at the time of the creation of the universe. 

Updated: If Roe v. Wade is overturned, which states will ban abortion?

May 3, 2022 / 14:05 pm

Which states are moving in a pro-life direction, and which in a pro-choice direction?

Updated: 7 things to know about the Dobbs abortion case now before the Supreme Court

May 3, 2022 / 09:00 am

A purported draft of the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization leaked in early May. Here's what you need to know about the case:

U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, according to draft opinion

May 2, 2022 / 19:46 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a draft opinion obtained by POLITICO.

Oklahoma lawmakers pass Texas-style six-week abortion law

May 2, 2022 / 15:22 pm

Lawmakers in Oklahoma on Thursday passed a bill, modeled after a Texas law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected — generally around six weeks gestation — and relies on private lawsuits filed by citizens to enforce the ban. 

Federal court orders cases brought against Texas pro-life law dismissed

Apr 27, 2022 / 14:19 pm

A federal court on Tuesday ordered a lower court to dismiss all legal challenges brought against the enforcement mechanism of a Texas abortion law, a move which a pro-life group called a “substantial pro-life victory.”

Hong Kong priest: China trying to control religion in Hong Kong

Apr 26, 2022 / 15:37 pm

Speaking publicly under his own name for the first time, a Hong Kong priest says the Chinese Communist Party is using ideological tactics such as re-education and propaganda to chip away at the freedom of religion in Hong Kong, which came under Chinese control in 1997.