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

Where is St. Matthew? A visit to his tomb

Sep 21, 2023 / 04:00 am

The fascinating story of where the Gospel writer’s body lies today takes us back into history.

Kamala Harris promotes abortion access on nationwide college tour 

Sep 20, 2023 / 14:32 pm

In her speech at North Carolina A&T, the vice president urged voters to support, among other things, the “freedom to make decisions about your own body.”

Pope Francis meets with new Russian ambassador to the Vatican

Sep 18, 2023 / 13:45 pm

The meeting comes days after papal envoy Cardinal Matteo Zuppi visited Beijing to discuss efforts to bring about peace in Ukraine. 

Legal group pleads for imprisoned Bishop Álvarez's rights before human rights commission

Sep 15, 2023 / 18:30 pm

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez is serving a prison sentence under the regime of President Daniel Ortega for criticizing the dictatorship.

New movie explores Christian and Jewish perspectives of the Holy Land’s history

Sep 15, 2023 / 18:10 pm

The new documentary “Route 60: The Biblical Highway” might be a “road trip” film, but the setting and the characters are far from ordinary.

COVID on the rise again: Which states now protect churches from closure?

Sep 15, 2023 / 16:40 pm

CNA compiled data on which states now protect houses of worship as “essential” and which do not. Check out our map and see where your state falls.

Controversial Iraqi Christian didn’t meet with Pope Francis privately, Vatican confirms

Sep 13, 2023 / 17:46 pm

On social media Sept. 7, Al-Kildani shared photos and videos that seemed, at least to some observers, to imply that he had a private meeting with Pope Francis.

Catholic leader in Morocco: It may take years to rebuild after earthquake 

Sep 13, 2023 / 15:00 pm

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake, which hit near the historic city of Marrakesh Friday night, has killed more than 2,900 people as of Sept. 13. 

Missouri transgender clinic halts treatment for minors as new law goes into effect

Sep 12, 2023 / 14:00 pm

The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital said it made the decision due to an “unacceptable level of liability.”

New Orleans Archdiocese says parishes will be asked to help pay for clergy abuse settlements

Sep 11, 2023 / 13:45 pm

Archbishop Gregory Aymond announced that parishes, schools, and ministries will have to help pay out the archdiocese’s clergy abuse claims.

Catholic ‘cult’ in California: What do we know?

Sep 11, 2023 / 07:00 am

Reports emerged earlier this month about alleged sexual abuse that purportedly took place at a commune run by a Catholic pro-life organization.

Filipino priests acquitted of sedition charges

Sep 8, 2023 / 10:40 am

Father Albert Alejo, SJ, and Father Flaviano “Flavie” Villanueva, a priest of the Society of the Divine Word, were acquitted due to insufficient evidence.

Priest heads to Ulma family beatification: ‘Saintly figures so close to my family tree’

Sep 6, 2023 / 15:23 pm

Father Michael Niemczak, a priest from New Mexico and a relative of the Ulma family, plans to visit holy sites in Poland, ending with the beatification Mass.

Jimmy Buffett: more Catholic than you think?

Sep 6, 2023 / 07:45 am

The famous soft-rock musician who recently died of cancer was raised Catholic. One commentator believes his music contains Catholic themes.

Catholic charity resumes bringing meals and hope to war-torn Tigray

Sep 3, 2023 / 05:00 am

In late August, Mary’s Meals began serving food once again to approximately 10,000 children in 14 schools in northern Ethiopia.  

5 things to know about Mongolia as Pope Francis prepares for his trip

Aug 28, 2023 / 10:30 am

The pope will travel to Mongolia Aug. 31–Sept. 4 to visit one of the smallest Christian communities in the world.

UPDATED: Wyoming bishop cleared of abuse by the Vatican dies at 91

Aug 25, 2023 / 13:00 pm

The former bishop of Cheyenne, Joseph Hart, was accused on multiple occasions of sexual abuse of minors, but claims were dismissed.

India’s bishops elated after successful moon landing 

Aug 24, 2023 / 12:40 pm

Catholic bishops in India lauded the touchdown of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, marking mankind’s first successful mission to the moon’s south pole.

Thomas Aquinas College reports minimal damage amid tropical storm, earthquake

Aug 22, 2023 / 12:30 pm

Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall in California as the first such storm to hit the state in 84 years.

How to help Maui wildfire victims from afar

Aug 21, 2023 / 15:45 pm

Here’s how you can help those affected by the devastating fires on Maui.