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

Abortion-protesting priest faces possible prison time after charges under FACE Act

Oct 3, 2022 / 15:00 pm

Father Fidelis Moscinski, 52, a priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, was charged last week under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. 

Catholic Charities helps to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Ian

Sep 30, 2022 / 13:00 pm

Local and national Catholic Charities agencies are working to assess needs and provide aid after Hurricane Ian devastated Florida’s Gulf Coast this week.

Are modern Bible translations always better? A Catholic linguist praises St. Jerome’s Vulgate

Sep 30, 2022 / 01:00 am

The Vulgate became the predominantly-used Bible of the Middle Ages and has endured to this day as a translation that at least one prominent linguist considers one of the very best available. 

Vatican confirms East Timor bishop under ‘restrictions’ related to sexual abuse of minors

Sep 29, 2022 / 14:54 pm

Two alleged victims, now in their 40s, say the bishop abused his position of power over boys in the area who lived in extreme poverty.

Florida Catholic schools prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ian with action and prayer

Sep 28, 2022 / 12:15 pm

Catholic schools of all levels are taking measures to keep their students safe amid the imminent arrival of Hurricane Ian.

7 things to know about Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s likely new Catholic prime minister

Sep 26, 2022 / 18:00 pm

A Catholic mother is poised to become the country’s first female prime minister. 

Catholic doctors discuss conscientious objection at physicians meeting in Rome

Sep 25, 2022 / 09:00 am

The 26th World Congress of Catholic Physicians was put on Sept. 15–17 by the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

Catholic Charities to provide aid to Puerto Ricans devastated by Hurricane Fiona

Sep 20, 2022 / 15:51 pm

More than a day after Hurricane Fiona dumped 30 inches of rain on Puerto Rico, a million people still do not have electricity, and 760,000 are without running water.

‘To dust you shall return,’ but human composting? California bishops raise objections

Sep 20, 2022 / 13:33 pm

When a body is composted, it is placed in a reusable container where microbes and bacteria decompose it into soil over the course of 30–45 days.

Cardinal Zen’s trial has been delayed due to COVID

Sep 19, 2022 / 11:51 am

The criminal trial of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong has been delayed after the judge tested positive for COVID-19, Hong Kong media reported.

Report: Pope Francis sought to meet with Xi Jinping, but China declined

Sep 16, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Pope Francis expressed his “availability” to meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping while both men were in Kazakhstan this week, but China declined, according to a Reuters report.

Pope Francis blesses icon depicting Mary and Jesus as native Kazakhs

Sep 15, 2022 / 00:26 am

Pope Francis on Thursday blessed an icon depicting Mary and the Child Jesus as native Kazakhs, entrusting the Church in Kazakhstan and all of Central Asia to Our Lady. 

Why is Pope Francis going to Kazakhstan? Here’s what he plans to do

Sep 12, 2022 / 17:00 pm

The pope plans to visit the large, landlocked Asian country — the second pope to do so — Sept. 13–15 for an interreligious meeting.

Los Angeles Catholic school thrives in an area marked by gang violence

Sep 10, 2022 / 09:00 am

Dolores Mission grade school in Los Angeles didn’t always have the reputation it has today. A few decades ago, the area surrounding the church and school had one of the highest concentrations of gang activity in an already dangerous metropolis. 

Why this saint is the patron of souls in purgatory

Sep 10, 2022 / 06:00 am

For St. Nicholas of Tolentino, the Catholic imperative to pray for the dead was made very real to him.

Report assesses threats to religious pro-life Americans following overturn of Roe v. Wade

Sep 9, 2022 / 12:12 pm

The Religious Freedom Institute concluded that conditions remain in place for more attacks against pro-life entities and people to occur in 2022 and into 2023.

Pope Francis praises Queen Elizabeth’s ‘steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ’

Sep 8, 2022 / 13:58 pm

Pope Francis in a telegram late Thursday offered his condolences and prayers upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the head of the Church of England.

Updated: Cardinal Nichols pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death at 96

Sep 8, 2022 / 10:03 am

“Even in my sorrow, shared with so many around the world, I am filled with an immense sense of gratitude for the gift to the world that has been the life of Queen Elizabeth II."

Omaha archdiocese to delay and revise new gender identity policy

Sep 7, 2022 / 16:00 pm

Under the policy, all students, parents, and employees would have been required to “act toward a person in accordance with his or her biological sex at birth.”

Prince Albert diocese prays for victims of Canada stabbings

Sep 7, 2022 / 15:30 pm

Following a stabbing spree in rural Canada that left at least 10 dead and 18 injured, the local Catholic diocese is praying for victims and first responders.