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

What is Roe v Wade? Six things to know.

May 13, 2022 / 17:00 pm

What exactly is Roe v. Wade, and why does it matter whether it's overturned?

Charleston's new bishop will draw on experiences with diverse cultures

May 12, 2022 / 11:00 am

The bishop-elect of Charleston is set to become the first Black bishop in the diocese’s 200-year history when he is installed this Friday, May 13.

Documentary chronicles Bishop Michael Portier,  the 'Servant of the South'

May 11, 2022 / 13:28 pm

A new documentary chronicles the life of Bishop Michael Portier, the first Bishop of Mobile and a giant in the history of Catholicism in the American south. 

US bishops urge fasting and prayer in response to pro-abortion threats

May 10, 2022 / 14:50 pm

In response to threats of violence from pro-abortion activists, the U.S. bishops’ conference is inviting Catholics around the country to join in fasting and praying the rosary on Friday, May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Parish church in northern Colorado tagged with pro-abortion graffiti; police investigating

May 9, 2022 / 15:35 pm

A Catholic parish church in northern Colorado known for its active pro-life ministry was vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti over the weekend. 

Eucharistic Revival: Preacher hopes to convey the 'transformative nature' of the Real Presence

May 6, 2022 / 13:13 pm

Father Doug Grandon is a Catholic priest today, but spent the first half of his life as a Protestant. As an Anglican priest, he began to wonder whether the liturgy he was celebrating actually resulted in the body and blood of Christ, or simply bread and wine.  

Colorado parish defaced with pro-abortion graffiti for second time in seven months

May 4, 2022 / 17:00 pm

A Catholic parish church in Boulder, Colorado was defaced with pro-abortion slogans the evening of May 3, marking the second time in less than a year that the parish has been targeted with pro-abortion graffiti.

What was gravity like at the moment of creation? Vatican Observatory researchers make strides toward an answer

May 3, 2022 / 17:00 pm

The Vatican Observatory announced last week a new mathematical model — drafted by two Catholic priests — for describing how gravity worked at the time of the creation of the universe. 

Updated: If Roe v. Wade is overturned, which states will ban abortion?

May 3, 2022 / 14:05 pm

Which states are moving in a pro-life direction, and which in a pro-choice direction?

U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, according to draft opinion

May 2, 2022 / 19:46 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a draft opinion obtained by POLITICO.

Oklahoma lawmakers pass Texas-style six-week abortion law

May 2, 2022 / 15:22 pm

Lawmakers in Oklahoma on Thursday passed a bill, modeled after a Texas law, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected — generally around six weeks gestation — and relies on private lawsuits filed by citizens to enforce the ban. 

Federal court orders cases brought against Texas pro-life law dismissed

Apr 27, 2022 / 14:19 pm

A federal court on Tuesday ordered a lower court to dismiss all legal challenges brought against the enforcement mechanism of a Texas abortion law, a move which a pro-life group called a “substantial pro-life victory.”

Hong Kong priest: China trying to control religion in Hong Kong

Apr 26, 2022 / 15:37 pm

Speaking publicly under his own name for the first time, a Hong Kong priest says the Chinese Communist Party is using ideological tactics such as re-education and propaganda to chip away at the freedom of religion in Hong Kong, which came under Chinese control in 1997.

An important announcement from our podcast studio

Apr 25, 2022 / 13:31 pm

Please listen.

Divine Mercy Sunday 2022: Pope Francis preaches on the peace that God's mercy brings

Apr 24, 2022 / 06:14 am

Pope Francis explained three ways that God's mercy should bring about peace in the lives of Christians.

Colorado man shares his love of math — and Catholicism — with students in Uganda

Apr 21, 2022 / 11:22 am

Since last summer, a Colorado man has been helping Catholic schoolchildren in Uganda using the two “universal” things that they share: Catholicism and mathematics.

'Pray big': Michigan woman says her healing was a miracle

Apr 20, 2022 / 16:38 pm

April 2022 would have marked Dani Laurion’s thirteenth year confined to a wheelchair. But instead, for the past month or so, Dani has been strolling around Lansing as if those dozen infirm years had never happened. 

Sikhs sue US Marines over beard, turban restrictions on religious liberty grounds

Apr 13, 2022 / 15:41 pm

A group of four Sikh men are seeking a religious exemption from the Marine Corps allowing them to keep the beards and turbans that they say are essential to the practice of their religion. 

How to live Holy Week? Here are Mother Angelica's tips

Apr 12, 2022 / 15:00 pm

Mother Angelica, the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), offered advice, counsel, and prayers to viewers of her television show, “Mother Angelica Live,” for years. 

PODCAST: The Beauty of Holy Week

Apr 11, 2022 / 08:22 am

This week on the CNA Newsroom podcast, we want to get you thinking and meditating on the beauty that accompanies the Catholic celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.