Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown

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

Articles by Jonah McKeown

Minnesota bishops decry bill that would make abortion a right

Jan 26, 2023 / 14:00 pm

The Catholic bishops of Minnesota urged lawmakers to vote down a bill that would codify the right to abortion, proposing instead a slate of pro-family measures.  

Japanese prime minister vows to take action on declining birthrate

Jan 25, 2023 / 14:30 pm

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida recently warned that Japan’s birthrate — one of the lowest in the world — is not sustainable.

Pakistan tightens its already far-reaching blasphemy laws

Jan 23, 2023 / 14:45 pm

Insulting the Prophet Muhammad is already a capital offense in Pakistan. Under the newest legal changes, those convicted will now face 10 years in prison.

Harvard scientist: The wonders of the universe point to a Creator

Jan 21, 2023 / 10:00 am

Karin Öberg, professor of astronomy and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University, spoke recently at the Wonder Conference in Texas.

Now that the March for Life is over, here’s a snapshot of a shifting abortion landscape

Jan 21, 2023 / 06:00 am

Since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year, state lawmakers have gone in dramatically different directions on abortion.

Jonathan Roumie: Pro-life advocacy the ‘worthiest and noblest cause possible’

Jan 20, 2023 / 14:31 pm

The actor who portrays Jesus in the popular TV series “The Chosen” was one of about a dozen speakers at this year’s March for Life.

As it happened: The March for Life 2023

Jan 20, 2023 / 07:11 am

This year’s march on Friday, Jan. 20, will be the first March for Life held in a post-Roe America.

Even after Roe, most Americans support abortion restrictions: poll

Jan 18, 2023 / 12:12 pm

A majority of Americans support some limits on abortion and Americans’ attitudes toward abortion have not significantly changed, a new poll found.

Catholics reflect on racial reconciliation in U.S. Church: ‘We must be rooted in prayer’

Jan 16, 2023 / 06:00 am

Two prominent Catholic speakers say they have seen an openness among Catholics to acknowledge racism as a sin and as a continued problem in U.S. society.

Hanging up the jersey: What happens when God calls an athlete away from sports?

Jan 15, 2023 / 08:00 am

Two prominent Catholic speakers, both of whom had successful athletic careers before embracing vocations, spoke to CNA this month SEEK23 in St. Louis.

Father Spitzer: God revealing himself to scientists through his ‘perfectly-designed-for-life universe’

Jan 13, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The popular host of EWTN’s “Father Spitzer’s Universe” delivered the keynote address at Word on Fire’s Wonder Conference.

Pavone: It’s possible I missed laicization notice

Jan 13, 2023 / 09:33 am

A diocesan official’s account is at odds with Frank Pavone’s prior statements to CNA and other media outlets claiming he wasn’t officially informed of his dismissal from the priesthood.

U.S. House passes resolution condemning attacks on pro-life centers and churches

Jan 12, 2023 / 11:10 am

The resolution also calls on the Biden administration to “protect the rights of pro-life facilities, groups, and churches.”

Retired St. Louis priest gets prison time for child pornography charges

Jan 11, 2023 / 14:00 pm

Vincentian Father James T. Beighlie, who ministered in St. Louis until 2021, was sentenced this week to five years in prison.

California parish faces mudslides, flooding on 5th anniversary of disaster that killed 23 

Jan 10, 2023 / 15:00 pm

Five years ago on Jan. 10, 2018, a massive mudslide caused by similar weather conditions killed nearly two dozen people in the town of Montecito, California.

Investigation into ‘Vatican Girl’ cold case reopened amid rekindled public interest

Jan 10, 2023 / 10:30 am

Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of Ercole Orlandi, an envoy of the Prefecture of the Pontifical House, disappeared on June 22, 1983.

‘Catechism in a Year’ podcast tops the charts: ‘It has a beauty that speaks to the heart’

Jan 9, 2023 / 12:30 pm

The success of “The Catechism in a Year,” hosted by Father Mike Schmitz, speaks to “the deep longing we all have to respond to God’s plan for each one of us.”

Meet me in St. Louis: SEEK24 to return to ‘Rome of the West’

Jan 9, 2023 / 10:07 am

Nearly 19,000 people attended the five-day SEEK23 conference at the America’s Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis last week.

Young Catholics converge at SEEK23: ‘I love seeing people fall in love with Jesus’

Jan 6, 2023 / 15:45 pm

More than 17,000 people descended on St. Louis this week for the SEEK23 Catholic conference, put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. 

Catholic speakers at SEEK23 remember Pope Benedict XVI on the day of his burial

Jan 5, 2023 / 14:55 pm

Some 17,000 people are gathered in St. Louis for a weeklong conference of speakers, prayer, and fellowship put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.