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

Spaced out: A Catholic scientist makes an unusual discovery

Jan 31, 2022 / 15:31 pm

This week on the podcast, a Catholic scientist talks about his fascinating discovery in space and its significance, as well as his thoughts on the relationship between faith and science.

Expert urges attention to persecuted Christians as bishops decry Islamist violence in Nigeria

Jan 28, 2022 / 18:01 pm

Victims of persecution in Nigeria must be listened to, an expert on the persecution of Christians told students at the Franciscan University of Steubenville on Friday. 

From Denver to Uganda, St Joseph facilitates an unexpected connection

Jan 27, 2022 / 17:00 pm

When Daniel Campbell saw an email in his inbox last spring from Soroti, Uganda, his first thought was: Am I being scammed?

Catholic adoption agency in Michigan wins settlement allowing it to operate in accord with the faith

Jan 25, 2022 / 14:34 pm

A Catholic adoption agency in Michigan reached a settlement with the state on Tuesday which will allow the agency to continue to place children in homes in a manner consistent with its Catholic identity.

Legal group seeks protection for Navy personnel objecting to COVID vaccine on religious grounds

Jan 24, 2022 / 15:00 pm

A Christian legal group has filed a class-action lawsuit with the goal of blocking the Navy’s COVID vaccine mandate for all U.S. Navy personnel who have requested religious accommodation. 

US Supreme Court allows Texas abortion law challenge to stay with state's top court

Jan 21, 2022 / 16:00 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declined to send a legal challenge against a Texas abortion law back to a lower federal court— which has already blocked enforcement of the law once— sending the challenge instead to the Texas Supreme Court. 

Milwaukee archdiocese provides gender theory policy based on biological sex

Jan 20, 2022 / 15:04 pm

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee this week put forth a policy related to gender theory, which includes the provision that only pronouns corresponding to a person’s biological sex are to be used in parishes, schools, and other Catholic institutions or organizations.

Afghanistan the most dangerous place to be Christian, advocacy group says

Jan 19, 2022 / 15:35 pm

Afghanistan has unseated North Korea for the dubious distinction of the most dangerous country in the world for Christians, according to a group that reports on global Christian persecution.

New committee aims to build up political candidates who support religious liberty for all

Jan 19, 2022 / 09:52 am

The Religious Freedom Institute on Tuesday launched a committee to support political candidates who defend the free exercise of religion for all.

Abortions trickle at St. Louis clinic after convent opens across the street

Jan 18, 2022 / 14:26 pm

Our Lady of Guadalupe convent in St. Louis has an unlikely neighbor: an abortion clinic. Since the convent opened in 2017, the number of surgical abortions at the clinic has dramatically decreased.

Blessed Mother statues still stand at Colorado family home destroyed by wildfire

Jan 16, 2022 / 16:00 pm

As Bob and Tina McLaren fled the Superior, Colorado neighborhood they had called home since 1992, Tina looked back and saw flames at the end of their street. 

English prosecutors consider guidelines advising against charges for those who assist in 'mercy killings'

Jan 14, 2022 / 14:07 pm

The Crown Prosecution Service, which brings criminal charges in England and Wales, is considering a proposal to examine “mercy killings” that would advise against charging those who assist in the deaths of gravely ill people who wish for assisted suicide or euthanasia if there is evidence that the person wanted to die.

Ballot initiative to enshrine abortion rights is 'sad' and 'harmful', Michigan bishops say

Jan 11, 2022 / 16:16 pm

Abortion advocacy groups in Michigan have launched a ballot initiative to override a state abortion ban— which is currently unenforced— by way of a constitutional amendment. The state’s Catholic Conference said the effort shows the power of the abortion industry in influencing state policy. 

Outspoken Nigerian bishop says he is 'fine', amid reports he was called in for questioning by state police

Jan 11, 2022 / 13:00 pm

Following Nigerian media reports over the weekend that a Catholic bishop had been summoned for questioning by a state security agency, the bishop in question says he is "fine" and that "the matter [has] actually passed."

New Jersey lawmakers pass last-minute expansion of abortion access

Jan 10, 2022 / 15:23 pm

Lawmakers in New Jersey have, on the last day of their legislative session, voted to pass a bill which expands abortion access in the state and codifies “abortion rights.”

Nigerian bishop who criticized government over Christian persecution called in for questioning: report

Jan 8, 2022 / 15:33 pm

A prominent Nigerian bishop has reportedly been ordered in for questioning by a state security agency, after the prelate criticized Nigeria’s government for complicity in the face of kidnappings and other persecution of the country’s Christians. 

In reversal, Missionaries of Charity in India again permitted to receive foreign donations

Jan 8, 2022 / 08:35 am

The Missionaries of Charity have been cleared to receive and use foreign funding in India, after the religious order founded by Mother Teresa was unexpectedly ruled ineligible to receive donations from abroad late last year.

Neighbors' generosity after Colorado fire has been 'extraordinary', displaced family says

Jan 6, 2022 / 19:19 pm

A Catholic couple who lost their home in a historic Colorado wildfire late last year say they have experienced “absolutely heroic virtue” from their neighbors, as they and thousands of others reel from the complete loss of their homes.

European court rejects 'gay cake' case as inadmissible; ruling in favor of Christian bakery stands

Jan 6, 2022 / 14:00 pm

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case brought by a Northern Irish gay rights activist, who claims a bakery discriminated against him by refusing to create a cake with a message supporting gay marriage, as inadmissable.

Educational video platform aims to share Catholic teaching on controversial issues

Jan 5, 2022 / 19:00 pm

A Catholic political advocacy organization recently launched an online video platform designed to educate people and change minds on controversial issues, informed by Catholic teaching and “the foundational principles of America.”