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

Student leader: Withdrawal of Hong Kong extradition bill not enough to quell protests

Sep 4, 2019 / 14:49 pm

Despite Hong Kong’s chief executive announcing that she will withdraw a controversial extradition bill, protests are continuing, with demonstrators demanding additional government and police reforms, said the leader of local Catholic student group.

Hong Kong auxiliary bishop calls for ‘Friday fasting’ amid ongoing protests

Sep 4, 2019 / 02:01 am

As widespread protests continue in Hong Kong, a local bishop is urging people to pray and fast for peace, while speaking up against injustice and corruption.

CNA Newsroom: If we make a clip show, do we still get paid?

Sep 2, 2019 / 00:00 am

Happy Labor Day, everybody! This week on CNA Newsroom, we're celebrating work by ... not really doing any work.

Jackson diocese: we did not influence victim’s decision to accept smaller settlement

Aug 30, 2019 / 18:00 pm

The Diocese of Jackson in Mississippi said it did not pressure a victim of clerical sexual abuse to accept settlement offers after he was abused by a Franciscan brother in the late 1990s. Earlier this year, that victim and his cousin were paid $15,000 each by a Wisconsin-based Franciscan province — a lower amount than typical settlements— to settle their abuse claims.  

Why should Catholics care about the Hong Kong protests? A CNA Explainer

Aug 28, 2019 / 17:05 pm

The political situation in Hong Kong, and the implications for what could happen next, are complex, and Catholics and Protestant Christians both young and old are making their voices heard amid the protests.

CNA Newsroom: Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic...and Religion

Aug 26, 2019 / 00:00 am

Join JD Flynn and two very special co-hosts in this 'Back to School' episode of CNA Newsroom!

Hong Kong student leader: Catholics have an important role in peaceful protests

Aug 21, 2019 / 23:12 pm

As massive protests continue in Hong Kong, one student leader says Catholics have an important role to play in encouraging demonstrators to remain peaceful in asserting their demands.

Hong Kong student leader: Catholics should take 'major role' in peaceful protests

Aug 16, 2019 / 16:47 pm

The acting president of the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students told CNA this week that he would like to see Catholics and other Christians take on a larger role in ongoing protests against the government, amid fears of a crackdown by Chinese authorities.

San Diego bishop announces compensation fund, changes to social media policy

Aug 14, 2019 / 18:19 pm

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego announced Aug. 13 an Independent Compensation Program for victims of sexual abuse, set to begin in September.

Future of Michigan pro-life program in jeopardy as funding threatened

Aug 13, 2019 / 02:28 am

Lawmakers in Michigan are considering ending public funding for a program that counsels pregnant women on alternatives to abortion, prompting concern from the Michigan Catholic Conference, which has been advocating for the program since its inception five years ago.

CNA Newsroom: A Pretty Big Assumption

Aug 12, 2019 / 00:00 am

Did you know the Assumption of Mary is one of the Church's newest dogmas?

Survey on Catholic belief in the Eucharist prompts calls for better catechesis

Aug 10, 2019 / 14:32 pm

After a recent survey found that two-thirds of Catholics do not believe Church teaching about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Catholic commenters are stressing the importance of better faith formation.

Bioethicist responds to Japan's approval of human-animal hybrid research

Aug 2, 2019 / 09:45 am

The Japanese government is expected to approve funding for a research project, led by stem cell scientist Hiromitsu Nakauchi, to use stem cells to create animal embryos that contain human cells.

Coakley: Blessed Stanley Rother's influence remains strong in Guatemala

Jul 30, 2019 / 14:20 pm

There’s a black and white photo that holds a special meaning for those familiar with Blessed Stanley Rother— the farm-raised Oklahoma priest who gave his life for the faith 38 years ago while serving the poor in Central America.

Syro-Malabar Church: Reports of protests against Cardinal Alencherry are 'calculated propaganda'

Jul 27, 2019 / 08:32 am

Following reports from the Associated Press that several hundred priests protested the Vatican’s recent decision to restore Cardinal George Alencherry to his administrative duties, a spokesman for the Syro-Malabar church has disputed the report’s accuracy, and said that people wishing to see the Indian cardinal ousted from his position are publishing “calculated propaganda” against him.

CNA Newsroom: Upon This Rock

Jul 25, 2019 / 00:00 am

Producer Jonah McKeown takes us to visit the Chapel on the Rock at Camp St. Malo near Estes Park, Colorado. Jonah explores St. Malo's rich history - including a visit from Pope St. John Paul II - and speaks with a Catholic missionary about the importance of care for creation.

CNA Newsroom: Fulton Sheen: A Life Worth (Re)living

Jul 18, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week on CNA Newsroom: renowned American theologian and media star Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and the amazing miracle attributed to his intercession, which Pope Francis officially recognized earlier this month.

DC priest: celibacy allows a priest to give himself for others

Jul 17, 2019 / 16:20 pm

Father Carter Griffin of the Archdiocese of Washington, author of “Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest,” told CNA in an interview that celibacy has been intrinsically linked to the Catholic priesthood from the very beginning, when Jesus, who was himself celibate, ordained the apostles as the first priests.

Teacher fired for abortion rights social media posts sues Catholic school in SC

Jul 11, 2019 / 17:01 pm

A teacher at a Catholic school in South Carolina whose contract was not renewed because of her posts on Facebook in support of abortion rights is now suing the school, claiming that her First Amendment rights have been violated.

CNA Newsroom: Bless me Father for I have sinned

Jul 11, 2019 / 00:00 am

This week, we're talking all about the sacrament of confession.