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

Some experts split from Fauci on Holy Communion recommendation

May 29, 2020 / 07:00 am

As dioceses across the United States start to reopen public Masses, the scientist leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic recommended that Catholic Churches ought not resume distribution of Holy Communion. But other medical experts told CNA there are ways that Communion can be distributed safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Religious freedom in jeopardy as China passes new Hong Kong ‘security laws’

May 28, 2020 / 12:25 pm

A Hong Kong cardinal told CNA that changes to Hong Kong’s status in China could threaten the religious freedom of Catholics and other religious believers.

St. Augustine bishop calls for end to Florida death penalty

May 28, 2020 / 02:00 am

All of Florida’s death row inmates live in the Diocese of St. Augustine. Many are Catholic. At least twice a year St. Augustine’s Bishop Felipe Estevez goes to visit death row inmates himself.

More than just recycling

May 26, 2020 / 00:00 am

We share some stories about the things Pope Francis writes about in his encyclical about the environment.

Laudato si': Atlanta archdiocese’s sustainability efforts 5 years on

May 22, 2020 / 15:58 pm

Susan Varlamoff, a retired biologist and parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, was in 2015 serving as director of the Office of Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, when she heard that Pope Francis was working on an encyclical on the environment.

NIH head Francis Collins wins Templeton Prize for witness to faith and science

May 20, 2020 / 10:10 am

A scientist on the front lines of developing a vaccine for COVID-19 today was selected as the recipient of this year’s Templeton Prize, an award recognizing his contributions to insight about religion through his work as a scientist.

Notre Dame to start fall semester early as colleges weigh in-person options

May 19, 2020 / 23:47 pm

The University of Notre Dame announced this week that students will return to campus in the fall, with the semester starting two weeks earlier than usual and no fall break in order to complete the semester by Thanksgiving.

JPII, who were you?

May 18, 2020 / 00:00 am

Biographer George Weigel and a former Swiss Guard detail the legacy of St. John Paul II. An Italian mountaineer talks about the years he spent skiing and hiking with St. John Paul II. Then, we share the story of the time an Iowa farmer invited the pope to visit his state— and the pope did!

Coloradans gather final round of signatures for late-term abortion ban

May 15, 2020 / 10:01 am

A coalition of volunteers in Colorado hopes to gather enough signatures in the next two weeks on a petition to put a late-term abortion ban on the November ballot – an effort complicated by restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saint Paul-Minneapolis priests adapt to bring sacraments to COVID-19 patients

May 13, 2020 / 16:42 pm

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has assembled a team of 30 priests ready to administer last rites— confession, communion, and anointing of the sick— to COVID-19 patients.

Pilgrims’ (Perilous) Progress

May 11, 2020 / 00:00 am

A group travels to the Holy Land as the coronavirus reaches pandemic levels; a proposal gone wrong on the Camino de Santiago; and a life-changing accident on a pro-life pilgrimage across the United States.

Data contradicts Harvard professor's assertions about homeschooling

May 7, 2020 / 16:29 pm

A Notre Dame sociologist is using data to challenge a Harvard Law professor’s assertions that homeschooling is “dangerous”, and detrimental to society.

Saintly superhero: When Marvel Comics told the life story of John Paul II

May 5, 2020 / 01:52 am

Pope St. John Paul II, who led the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005, is perhaps one of the most compelling figures of the 20th century.

Saintly Superheroes

May 4, 2020 / 00:00 am

Nearly four decades ago, Marvel produced several religious-themed comic books, including a comic about the life of Pope St. John Paul II. We criss-cross the globe to bring you the story of how— and why— one of the world's biggest comic book companies decided to bring the stories of three beloved saints to the world.

Hunger in 'wine country' - How one Napa Valley Catholic school is helping needy families

May 2, 2020 / 06:00 am

A small Catholic school in Napa, California is drawing on community support to run a weekly food pantry for its families and neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vancouver archbishop donates to coronavirus vaccine research

Apr 28, 2020 / 16:17 pm

Archbishop Michael Miller of Vancouver has announced that he is donating to the University of British Columbia’s research toward a COVID-19 vaccine.

Amid coronavirus, 'food deserts' thinly stretch aid groups

Apr 28, 2020 / 02:01 am

The coronavirus pandemic has heightened the problem of food insecurity in many areas of the US already classified as “food deserts”— swaths of the country where people lack access to affordable, nutritious food.

City of Angels

Apr 27, 2020 / 00:00 am

Rome correspondent Courtney Mares takes us on a deep dive into the history of Our Lady of Loreto. Producer Jonah McKeown asks how the largest city in California came to be entrusted to the protection of the angels.

Boston archdiocese assembles teams of priests to anoint coronavirus patients

Apr 26, 2020 / 13:01 pm

The Archdiocese of Boston has assembled groups of priests — living together in strategic locations close to hospitals— to administer the anointing of the sick to COVID-19 patients. 

Arrested Catholic lawyer warns of Chinese repression in Hong Kong

Apr 24, 2020 / 14:32 pm

A Catholic lawyer says his arrest last Saturday is part of mainland China’s wide-ranging efforts to tighten control over Hong Kong.