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

Expert says Nigerian Christians no longer view the U.S. as a 'credible partner'

Jun 13, 2022 / 20:45 pm

The claim that the Pentecost Sunday attack was related merely to resources, land, or climate change is "absurd," Stephen Rasche says.

The prayer of absolution will change for US Catholics in 2023. Here’s how

Jun 10, 2022 / 11:16 am

The changes are subtle, and the essential formula will stay the same.

Nigeria church massacre: ISIS affiliate group suspected as perpetrators, government official says

Jun 9, 2022 / 18:40 pm

A Nigerian government official has laid blame on an Islamic militant group for the deadly church shooting on Pentecost that left dozens dead.

Texas pro-life pregnancy centers prepare for overturning of Roe v. Wade

Jun 7, 2022 / 02:50 am

The legal change could mean that tens of thousands more children will be born in the state each year.

Here's what Bishop Barron said about his future with Word on Fire

Jun 3, 2022 / 17:18 pm

A new job for its founder, and controversy over its workplace culture, raise questions about the future of the Catholic media organization.

Bishop Barron expresses 'great gratitude' for his appointment to Winona-Rochester

Jun 2, 2022 / 15:00 pm

In a Thursday press conference, Bishop Robert Barron, newly appointed to the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, said he got on his knees early that morning and asked the Lord to make him “a good shepherd.”

Minors seeking abortion in Illinois no longer need notify parents

Jun 1, 2022 / 14:28 pm

Minors in Illinois are no longer required to notify an adult before seeking an abortion, as a repeal signed by the state’s Democratic governor in December took effect June 1.

East Timor cardinal-elect 'almost fainted' when he heard Pope Francis had chosen him

May 31, 2022 / 16:59 pm

The newest — and first — cardinal-elect of the island nation of East Timor says he was completely surprised by his appointment by Pope Francis over the weekend. 

Catholic woman may receive settlement over her son's cremation

May 31, 2022 / 14:20 pm

A Catholic woman who sued the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office claiming her son was cremated in violation of her religious beliefs will likely soon receive a settlement of nearly half a million dollars.  

Pope Francis on the Ascension: Christ 'does not want to limit our freedom' by his presence

May 29, 2022 / 09:32 am

Reflecting on the feast of the Ascension, Pope Francis on Sunday discussed the two acts that Christ performed immediately before ascending into heaven: he announced the gift of the Holy Spirit, and blessed his apostles. 

What to know about Bishop Robert McElroy, who will soon be a cardinal

May 29, 2022 / 07:20 am

McElroy has led the San Diego diocese since 2015.

Vandalism of pro-life pregnancy centers continues across US with incident near Seattle

May 27, 2022 / 12:39 pm

A Seattle-area crisis pregnancy center was tagged with graffiti and vandalized in the early morning hours of May 25. In addition to the red paint, at least five of the front windows of Next Step Pregnancy Center in Lynnwood, Washington were smashed. 

Texas shooting victim's husband dies of heart attack; archbishop prays for Catholic family

May 26, 2022 / 15:23 pm

The husband of one of the nearly two dozen victims of a mass shooter in Texas died Thursday, reportedly of a heart attack as he was preparing for his wife’s funeral. 

Father Josh Johnson to lead discernment retreat: 'Representation matters'

May 26, 2022 / 12:12 pm

When Father Josh Johnson first felt called to the priesthood, there was an obstacle he had to overcome first — Johnson is Black, and he had never met a Black Catholic priest before. He says he didn't see the priesthood as realistic, because he had never seen a priest who looked like him.

Tiananmen memorial Masses won’t be held in Hong Kong this year amid security law concerns

May 24, 2022 / 16:58 pm

A Catholic group in Hong Kong will not be holding Masses this year to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, citing concerns that doing so could run afoul of the Beijing-imposed national security laws under which several Catholic leaders have been arrested. 

DC archdiocese mistakenly gives candid response on Pelosi Communion denial

May 23, 2022 / 17:43 pm

The Archdiocese of Washington’s communications office erroneously told a reporter Monday that media requests related to Nancy Pelosi’s denial of Holy Communion by her bishop “will be ignored.”

English bishop urges Catholics to oppose Jersey assisted suicide proposal

May 23, 2022 / 15:23 pm

The Catholic bishop overseeing the island of Jersey has called on clergy and parishioners to “speak out” and mobilize against proposals to legalize assisted suicide there.

Charleston bishop 'conquered hearts' ministering to Hispanics in Georgia

May 22, 2022 / 14:00 pm

The newly consecrated Bishop of Charleston showed a great commitment and love for the Hispanic community in the Archdiocese of Atlanta where he previously served, according to a Hispanic leader in Atlanta.

Christian leaders condemn Israeli police violence at Palestinian journalist's funeral

May 16, 2022 / 16:13 pm

Christian leaders of the Holy Land on Monday condemned recent violence at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying the “tragic episode” has “deeply wounded” the Christian community. 

Cardinal Stafford urges a rediscovery of the Liturgy of the Hours

May 16, 2022 / 11:00 am

What does it mean to pray “ceaselessly”?