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Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown

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

Articles by Jonah McKeown

Irish parish removes LGBT ‘Pride’ flag after archdiocese intervenes

Jun 24, 2021 / 14:00 pm

A Catholic parish in Ireland has reluctantly taken down a rainbow LGBT “Pride” flag that was erected last week outside the church, after an intervention from the Dublin archdiocese. 

Portland archbishop welcomes ‘Eucharistic Revival,’ emphasizes worthy reception of Communion

Jun 23, 2021 / 17:00 pm

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon last week praised a new “Eucharistic Revival” initiative of the U.S.bishops that aims to foster deeper devotion to the Eucharist.

'Eucharistic Revival' to begin in 2022: 'We want to start a fire, not a program'

Jun 18, 2021 / 17:39 pm

The bishops of the United States discussed on Friday a program of “Eucharistic Revival” which will aim to foster deeper devotion and knowledge about the Eucharist nationwide beginning next summer.

Cincinnati archdiocese celebrates 200 years, looks forward 

Jun 18, 2021 / 11:33 am

On June 19, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati celebrated its bicentennial with a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving offered by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. 

Pittsburgh group calls for same-sex blessings 

Jun 17, 2021 / 20:19 pm

A Catholic organization based in Pittsburgh has called on Bishop David Zubik to reject a March note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding blessings for same-sex couples, and has asked him to offer blessings to those who identify as LGBT. 

Fargo dad follows his son, a priest, to Holy Orders as a deacon

Jun 15, 2021 / 18:01 pm

Eric Seitz was ordained to the priesthood August 8, 2020 for the Diocese of Fargo. Two months later, his father Ben was ordained to the diaconate. 

How a 'culture of conversion' transformed a Catholic high school

Jun 10, 2021 / 15:02 pm

An all-boys Catholic high school in Tampa, Florida is attracting attention for fostering a faith-filled environment that helped lead nearly two dozen of its students into the Church last month. 

New priest blesses his sister, a nun: 'It's been a real privilege and a joy'

Jun 7, 2021 / 16:00 pm

It is customary for a newly-ordained priest to impart a first blessing. For Father Matthew Breslin, who was ordained May 29, his first blessing was especially poignant, as he bestowed it on Sr. Mary Strength of Martyrs, his natural sister.

Perpetual adoration chapel will be a 'spiritual gamechanger' for New York City, priest says

Jun 5, 2021 / 06:01 am

A perpetual adoration chapel slated to open next spring will bring spiritual healing and revitalization to Manhattan, according to a Dominican priest overseeing the project. 

Hong Kong advocacy organization condemns China's refusal to allow commemoration of Tiananmen Square protests

Jun 3, 2021 / 17:01 pm

An organization aiming to support the democratic movement and religious freedom in Hong Kong spoke out on Thursday against China’s continued refusal to allow Hong Kongers to hold a candlelight vigil on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Nuns producing Communion hosts adapt, as pandemic decimates industry

Jun 2, 2021 / 13:00 pm

A community of Benedictine nuns known for inventing and distributing low-gluten Communion hosts has seen their business decimated by the pandemic, as the widespread suspension of public Masses last year led to a drop in demand for hosts nationwide. 

Michigan high school valedictorian allowed to reference Jesus in graduation speech

Jun 1, 2021 / 13:30 pm

A Michigan high school valedictorian will be allowed to reference her Christian faith in her upcoming graduation speech, after being advised by her school principal to omit religious references in her address. 

Los Angeles clergy celebrate Mass for unaccompanied migrant children

May 26, 2021 / 19:03 pm

Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been celebrating Masses this month for hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children housed in large temporary shelters. 

Proposed change to brain death laws draws criticism from some doctors, ethicists

May 18, 2021 / 16:18 pm

A proposed change to U.S. law concerning the determination of brain death has drawn criticism from a group of doctors, lawyers, and philosophers, who say that the proposed changes, among other things, could lead to incorrect diagnoses of brain death in patients who are in fact still alive. 

New EWTN documentary on Bl. Carlo Acutis available to watch for free

May 7, 2021 / 11:00 am

A new documentary about Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church, is available to watch for free this month.

Illinois bishops urge support for school choice measure, while Nebraska bill fails

May 5, 2021 / 11:00 am

Illinois bishops are urging Catholics in the state to support a scholarship program funded by donations with tax credit incentives - tax credits that the governor intends to cut. 

Former altar boy buys Akron church: ‘I’ll make sure it’s still taken care of’

May 4, 2021 / 10:24 am

A former altar boy with close family ties to a former Catholic parish in Akron, Ohio, now has a different connection to the church’s edifice: he owns it. 

New online course aims to foster devotion to St. Joseph

May 3, 2021 / 16:00 pm

A new online course to be offered by the Archdiocese of Denver this summer will aim to teach lessons from St. Joseph, in honor of the ongoing Year of St. Joseph. 

Owensboro priest's faculties reinstated by CDF 

Apr 29, 2021 / 20:01 pm

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reinstated the faculties of a priest of the Diocese of Owensboro despite two allegations of sexual abuse of a minor that the diocesan review board deemed “substantiated” in 2019.  

What Catholics should know about brain death 

Apr 22, 2021 / 04:01 am

While the moment of human conception— the beginning of life— is well-understood and observed from a scientific standpoint, the exact moment of death can be harder to pin down.