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

‘He lived the Beatitudes’: Mass of Thanksgiving for Blessed Michael McGivney

Nov 1, 2020 / 13:45 pm

At the Nov. 1 Mass of Thanksgiving for newly beatified Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said McGivney provides a model for both priests and laypeople of how to “live the Beatitudes.”

San Francisco archbishop asks DA to prosecute Serra statue vandalism

Oct 28, 2020 / 14:56 pm

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has asked the Marin County district attorney to prosecute those arrested after an Oct. 12 riot at a mission church to the “full extent of the law,” after several of the rioters defaced and pulled to the ground a statue of St. Junipero Serra.

Louisiana voters will decide whether to amend constitution to exclude 'right to abortion'

Oct 27, 2020 / 15:21 pm

Voters in Louisiana will decide Nov. 3 on a constitutional amendment, authored by a pro-life Democrat, which would prevent Louisiana’s courts finding a “right to abortion,” or to public abortion funding, in the state’s constitution.

As Coloradans consider late-term abortion ban, statistics shed light on Colorado clinic

Oct 26, 2020 / 16:06 pm

Coloradans are preparing for a ballot referendum that would ban abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy in the state. While abortion advocates argue that such abortions are “extremely rare,” statistics recorded by a longtime Colorado abortionist shed light on the late term abortions performed at one Boulder clinic.

More Than Words

Oct 26, 2020 / 00:00 am

The deaf Catholic community in the US is eager for the faith. In this podcast episode, we take a look at some of the latest resources available to them, and a deaf Catholic priest shares his vocation story.

Santa Fe archdiocese again suspending public Mass

Oct 23, 2020 / 15:37 pm

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is indefinitely suspending all public Masses after the weekend, citing rising COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and the approaching flu season.

Junipero Serra among 'inappropriate' San Francisco school names, district committee says

Oct 22, 2020 / 14:01 pm

A San Francisco public school district committee this month recommended that 44 schools with “inappropriate” names be renamed, with Junipero Serra Elementary School near the top of the list.

Los Angeles' Archbishop Gomez denies claim that he plans to vote for Biden

Oct 21, 2020 / 17:01 pm

Archbishop Jose Gomez has rebuked an online claim that he plans to vote for Joe Biden in the November presidential election, stating that an alleged conversation in which he disclosed his voting plans never actually took place.

Our Lady of Sorrows painting recovered from burned California mission church

Oct 15, 2020 / 14:55 pm

A historic painting of Our Lady of Sorrows survived a devastating fire this summer at a California mission church, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has said.

California Catholics pray, protest at destroyed St. Junipero Serra statue

Oct 14, 2020 / 14:33 pm

Catholics in California rallied in a peaceful demonstration Tuesday evening at the former site of a statue of St. Junipero Serra, which a group of activists defaced and pulled down earlier this week.

St. Junipero Serra statue defaced, pulled down on California's Indigenous People’s Day

Oct 13, 2020 / 14:54 pm

A group of activists near San Francisco on Monday defaced a statue of St. Junipero Serra on private property with red spray paint before tearing it from its foundation.

Adventures in Discernment

Oct 12, 2020 / 00:00 am

We bring you the story of two brothers ordained to the priesthood on the same day; a young woman talks about God's call to enter a religious life— and His call for her to leave a few years later; and a life and dating coach helping single, Catholic women who feel stuck.

ASP's Brian Carroll squares off in third-party debate

Oct 10, 2020 / 11:00 am

Brian Carroll is the presidential nominee of the American Solidarity Party, a third-party founded in 2011 and based largely on Catholic social teaching.

Nigerian priest, kidnapped for a second time in two years, has been released

Sep 29, 2020 / 15:01 pm

Gunmen kidnapped a Catholic priest in Nigeria’s Delta State on Saturday, the second kidnapping that same priest has experienced since 2018. The kidnappers released him Tuesday, though it is not yet clear whether the kidnappers were paid a ransom.

Graffiti attacks on San Diego-area churches being investigated as hate crimes

Sep 28, 2020 / 15:31 pm

Two Eastern Catholic churches in San Diego County suffered graffiti vandalism attacks over the weekend, and while authorities are treating the incidents as connected, they have not yet determined the perpetrators’ motives.

Nigeria's Forgotten Martyrs

Sep 28, 2020 / 00:00 am

The persecution of Christians is by no means confined to the Middle East. In Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, to be a Christian means to suffer regular threats of violence, kidnapping, torture, and even death.

Recalling the unlikely Ginsburg-Scalia friendship

Sep 21, 2020 / 16:15 pm

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week at age 87, is remembered as a hero of the political left— a self-described feminist who made a name for herself by advocating for women’s equality, and for socially liberal positions such as legalized abortion and same-sex marriage.

The Disappearing People

Sep 21, 2020 / 00:00 am

Now more than ever, Christianity is at risk of disappearing from the Middle East. This week on CNA Newsroom, we bring you the stories of Middle Eastern Christians who are peacefully standing their ground to protect their homeland, their people, and their faith.

Catholics respond after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Sep 18, 2020 / 17:55 pm

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the court for more than 27 years, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 18. She was 87.

Advocacy group hails Israel-Bahrain deal as 'positive step' for Middle East Christians

Sep 16, 2020 / 16:19 pm

An advocacy group for Christians and other religious minorities living in the Middle East this week praised an agreement between Israel and Bahrain, which comes on the heels of a similar agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.