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

CNA Newsroom: His name was Kendrick Castillo

May 23, 2019 / 00:00 am

"No greater love has man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." 

'Abortion saves lives'? Catholic doctor responds to NYT op-ed

May 22, 2019 / 15:51 pm

Following an op-ed in the New York Times claiming that all pregnancies are life-threatening, a Catholic doctor emphasized that pregnancy is a natural and healthy condition, and that complications which may arise can be treated without abortion.

South Sudan president: I was ‘almost trembling’ as Pope Francis begged me to make peace

May 20, 2019 / 15:32 pm

In an unprecedented gesture last month, Pope Francis kissed the feet of several South Sudanese leaders, who were visiting the Vatican for a retreat, in a plea for peace in the country.

‘Appeal-proof’ abortion ban advances in Missouri

May 16, 2019 / 15:15 pm

Legislators responsible for the measure have said that, unlike recent measures in other states, the bill is specifically designed to pass scrutiny under legal appeal.

CNA Newsroom: 'Seventy times Seven'

May 16, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week's episode of CNA Newsroom is about the three hardest words to say in the English language - I forgive you. 

California bishops announce compensation program for abuse victims

May 14, 2019 / 15:56 pm

Bishops in California announced May 14 a new program to compensate victims of clerical sexual abuse, through which any person sexually abused as a minor by a diocesan priest can apply for compensation— no matter when the abuse occurred.

CNA Newsroom: I raised a saint

May 9, 2019 / 00:00 am

In celebration of Mother's Day, we speak with the mother of Venerable Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager and computer programmer who could one day be declared a Catholic saint.

Why these men walked 24 miles to the ‘Rome of the Midwest’

May 8, 2019 / 02:37 am

It can be hard to find time for silent reflection in today’s bustling modern society. But a group of men this past weekend found peace and silence in an unlikely place – on the sidewalks and shoulders of busy roads leading into the heart of a Midwestern metropolis.

Catholic Charities defends serving teen trafficking victims without abortion

May 2, 2019 / 16:06 pm

Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB) in California is remaining firm in its conviction against referring teenage victims of sex trafficking for contraception and abortions at a new facility, while emphasizing that medical care is not the new facility’s primary mission.

CNA Newsroom: The Stairs that St. Joseph Built

May 1, 2019 / 00:00 am

CNA Newsroom comes a day early this week, in honor of the May 1 feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. In this episode, our producer Jonah McKeown delves into the mystery of the Loretto Chapel Staircase in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

CUA president applauds students' decision to block porn

Apr 25, 2019 / 14:40 pm

The president of The Catholic University of America has voiced his support for a student government resolution that asked the university to block the 200 most popular porn sites from its internet system.

How Denver’s archbishop responded to Columbine

Apr 20, 2019 / 02:00 am

How Denver's archbishop responded to the shooting at Columbine High School.

CNA Newsroom: "When Ryan met Jesus"

Apr 18, 2019 / 00:00 am

If you go to the Easter Vigil, do you ever wonder how the people entering the Catholic Church ended up here? How did there conversions even happen?

Michigan lawmaker cries foul against AG’s 'anti-Catholicism'

Apr 15, 2019 / 16:14 pm

A Michigan state representative is considering opening articles of impeachment against the state’s attorney general over comments that he says demonstrate an anti-Catholic bias.

Catholic schools should affirm the person, not gender ideology, scholars advise

Apr 11, 2019 / 14:01 pm

Amid questions at some Catholic schools about how to approach problems related to LGBT identity, philosophy professors told CNA that Catholic schools must remain true to their mission of helping parents to raise their children in the faith.

CNA Newsroom: Rumor has it

Apr 11, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Newsroom, we're gossiping about gossip.

CNA Newsroom: The Chocolate (News)room

Apr 4, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Newsroom, we're continuing our Lenten penances. This week, we're talking chocolate!

How this priest came to celebrate Mass on the set of ‘Unplanned’

Apr 3, 2019 / 23:28 pm

When a film crew arrived in the small college town of Stillwater, Oklahoma last spring, few residents realized exactly what kind of movie the crew was making.

During Tennessee 'Sex Week,' FOCUS volunteers a Catholic view on sexuality

Apr 2, 2019 / 18:00 pm

During an annual week of controversial sex-ed events at a Tennessee college, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students has organized an alternative event based on a Catholic view of human sexuality.

New study shows differences between male and female brains in utero

Apr 2, 2019 / 13:07 pm

A new scientific study has found significant differences in the ways that the brains of male and female fetuses function prior to birth.