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

Lebanese scholar: The West cannot afford to abandon Lebanon

Aug 13, 2020 / 18:00 pm

A Lebanese academic and aid worker told CNA on Thursday that if Western nations fail to help Lebanon recover from the explosion that rocked Beirut last week, the effect on regional and global security could be disastrous.

Analysis: Was a stack of Bibles burned in Portland, or was it fake news?

Aug 12, 2020 / 14:35 pm

Dozens of news stories from Aug. 1 repeated a claim by a Malaysia-based journalist that “a stack” of Bibles had been consumed in a bonfire, built by protestors in the middle of the street. Is it true?

Protestors burn Bible during Portland protests 

Aug 3, 2020 / 13:25 pm

Protestors in Portland, Oregon burned a Bible in the street during a protest outside a federal courthouse in the early morning hours of August 1, according to a local media report.

Catholic school superintendent: ‘Our kids need to go back to school’ 

Aug 1, 2020 / 08:00 am

Bishops and school superintendents across the US are emphasizing the importance of in-person education for the coming fall term, and are seeking to reassure parents that schools are taking the precautions necessary to keep children safe.

Catholic schools plan waivers, remote learning, as officials weigh safe reopenings

Jul 31, 2020 / 02:00 am

As the beginning of the fall school term approaches, Catholic schools in dioceses across the U.S. are asking the parents of students returning in person to sign waivers of liability amid the risk of coronavirus infection.

Fire torches Catholic parish offices, chapel in North Carolina

Jul 28, 2020 / 13:30 pm

A fire tore through the parish offices of a historic Catholic church in Monroe, North Carolina early Monday morning, and though the damage is extensive, the church's pastor is thankful that the blaze did not touch the main sanctuary or the Blessed Sacrament.

Catholic builds a shrine to St. Junipero Serra on the site of destroyed Sacramento statue

Jul 8, 2020 / 02:00 am

After rioters pulled down a statue of St. Junipero Serra in Sacramento on July 4, a local Catholic told CNA that she felt compelled, after prayer and reflection, to clean the spot where the statue once stood, to pray there, and to defend the 18th-century missionary’s legacy.

Catholic military archbishop laments US Navy ban on 'off-base indoor religious services'

Jul 7, 2020 / 15:07 pm

The US Navy is reportedly loosening some restrictions on some sailors attending “off-base indoor religious services,” which it had promulgated in late June and which the archbishop for the military service had called “particularly odious to Catholics.”

Alleged David Haas sexual assault victim speaks out

Jul 2, 2020 / 14:12 pm

A former music and youth minister, who alleges that Haas aggressively kissed and groped her when she was 19, spoke to CNA this week about her experience. And one expert told CNA that the allegations against Haas point to the difficulties of ensuring that laity working in Church contexts are trustworthy, and beyond reproach.

San Francisco Catholic archdiocese 'surprised' by order to cease indoor, public Masses

Jul 2, 2020 / 14:04 pm

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is pledging to comply with the city and county public health orders barring indoor public Masses and limiting outdoor services, including funerals, to 12 people.

Cheers to Summer Break!

Jul 2, 2020 / 00:00 am

Six segments - all about the 4th of July.

‘I cannot remain silent’: Madison Catholic bishop condemns destruction of religious statues

Jun 24, 2020 / 15:08 pm

As rioters across the United States target statues depicting figures of various stripes, the bishop of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday denounced the indiscriminate destruction and called for a nationwide education effort and a respectful discussion of how to commemorate historic people and events.

Catholic school superintendent aims to equip schools for special ed

Jun 23, 2020 / 15:40 pm

An educator with years of experience working in and studying best practices in special education was recently named superintendent of a Chicago-area Catholic diocese. He aims to ensure that all kids who want to go to Catholic school can.

Who is St. Junipero Serra, anyway?

Jun 22, 2020 / 14:20 pm

Who is Junipero Serra, and why has he become such a lightning rod for controversy?

Atom and Eve

Jun 22, 2020 / 00:00 am

Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health talks about the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, and his Christian faith. Philosopher and author Christopher Kaczor explains why the myth that the Catholic Church opposes science is just that, a myth. Then, chemist Stacy Trasancos shares her conversion story.

Advocates appeal for Catholic schools amid closures nationwide

Jun 17, 2020 / 14:33 pm

At least 100 Catholic elementary and high schools across the United States will not reopen for the fall semester, with many suffering from low enrollment and decreased donations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

'We Shall Overcome'

Jun 15, 2020 / 00:00 am

We share the stories of two Black Catholics on the path to sainthood.

In trying times, how can Catholics stay hopeful?

Jun 13, 2020 / 02:37 am

Amid the worldwide panic surrounding coronavirus and lockdowns, as well as protests and unrest in many parts of the country in recent weeks, it can be easy for people of any faith to ask: Where is God?

‘God chose to call us’: The story of two brothers ordained Catholic priests on the same day

Jun 11, 2020 / 23:02 pm

Peyton and Connor Plessala are brothers from Mobile, Alabama. They’re 18 months— one school grade— apart.

‘God is inviting us to be part of the solution’- Black Catholic priests on racism and healing

Jun 10, 2020 / 02:00 am

Two black Catholic priests— one ordained six years, the other 42— shared their thoughts with CNA this week on the sin of racism, and the importance of praying, fasting, and advocating for healing.