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

Catholic prison ministry makes good use of large donation of Bible study materials

Feb 20, 2024 / 08:00 am

Working with a Catholic lay group called Kolbe Prison Ministries, Jerry Trzeciak leads three-day retreats for inmates.

Blessed Mother statue at D.C.’s National Shrine vandalized

Feb 16, 2024 / 17:30 pm

The statue, located on the grounds of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, appeared to have been struck in the face with a hammer.

Russian opposition leader, outspoken Christian Alexei Navalny reportedly dead in prison

Feb 16, 2024 / 15:30 pm

Navalny, 47, had been serving a 19-year sentence for alleged extremism and years of criticism of the authoritarian President Vladimir Putin.

Rapid City bishop says he will move to hospice amid cancer fight

Feb 15, 2024 / 17:00 pm

Bishop Peter Muhich of the Diocese of Rapid City announced he will be moved into hospice care amid treatment for esophageal and lymphatic cancer. 

Catholic mother killed in shooting at Kansas City Chiefs victory parade

Feb 15, 2024 / 14:50 pm

Police in a news conference Thursday said initial investigations pointed to a dispute between people that ended in gunfire.

Notre Dame cathedral spire to be unveiled nearly 5 years after devastating fire

Feb 14, 2024 / 16:55 pm

Deconstruction of the scaffolding surrounding the spire — which reaches 330 feet in height — will take several months, the restoration authority.

Black Catholic history is for everyone, Catholic educator says

Feb 12, 2024 / 08:00 am

“Being Catholic is an overarching, cross-racial identity. There is no outgroup in the Catholic Church,” said Kaye Crawford, who founded Black Catholic History. 

Chapel housing first-class Padre Pio relic to open in Kansas this weekend

Feb 10, 2024 / 08:00 am

The inaugural chapel, located inside St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beloit, Kansas, opens Feb. 11.

U.S. bishops urge passage of anti-human trafficking bill in Congress

Feb 9, 2024 / 17:00 pm

The bishops called on lawmakers to support the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2023.

Catholic Charities seeks donations to offer help amid California flooding, mudslides

Feb 7, 2024 / 15:15 pm

After four straight days of heavy rain ended on Wednesday, some parts of the L.A. metro area, such as Bel Air, had received more than a foot of rain.

Raising Catholic kids: New study suggests what successful parents have in common

Feb 7, 2024 / 09:45 am

A new study aims to demonstrate the practices of parents who successfully raise children to be practicing Catholic adults.

English cardinal offers prayers for King Charles III after cancer diagnosis

Feb 5, 2024 / 17:00 pm

King Charles, 75, underwent treatment recently for an enlarged prostate and an unspecified cancer was discovered during that treatment.

French bishops express solidarity with striking farmers

Feb 1, 2024 / 15:15 pm

French Catholic bishops have expressed solidarity with the country’s agricultural workers amid protests that have seen farmers block major roadways near Paris.

Missouri, Mississippi lawmakers attempting to block pro-abortion initiatives

Feb 1, 2024 / 07:00 am

Republican lawmakers in Mississippi and Missouri are attempting to mitigate proposed pro-abortion initiatives in favor of the strong pro-life laws currently in force. 

Pennsylvania Supreme Court opens the door to public funding for abortion

Jan 30, 2024 / 17:05 pm

In the case, the abortion providers who filed the suit argued that Pennsylvania’s policies regarding the use of federal funds unfairly singled out women.

How difficult is it to be a Christian in Turkey? What you need to know

Jan 29, 2024 / 17:50 pm

Terrorists stormed a Catholic church during Mass on Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, killing one person by shooting him in the head. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Catholic-founded Colorado charity sues Order of Malta groups, alleging defamation

Jan 26, 2024 / 16:00 pm

A Catholic-founded charitable organization based in suburban Denver has filed a federal lawsuit against several entities associated with the Order of Malta.

The ‘Adoration Ultra:’ Catholic runner to cover 50 miles of Eucharistic adoration

Jan 25, 2024 / 16:20 pm

Entrepreneur and North Carolina father Jimmy Coleman plans to run a 50-mile route this Friday, Jan. 26, stopping at five Catholic parishes.

Oklahoma archbishop: Supreme Court review of execution could further cause of abolition

Jan 24, 2024 / 15:15 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will review the case of an Oklahoma man on death row who may have been wrongfully convicted.

Catholic group expresses concern over Alabama’s untested new execution method

Jan 23, 2024 / 17:50 pm

The Community of Sant’Egidio shared a petition Jan. 23 urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to halt the execution of Kenneth “Kenny” Eugene Smith.