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

As it happened: The March for Life 2023

Jan 20, 2023 / 07:11 am

This year’s march on Friday, Jan. 20, will be the first March for Life held in a post-Roe America.

Even after Roe, most Americans support abortion restrictions: poll

Jan 18, 2023 / 12:12 pm

A majority of Americans support some limits on abortion and Americans’ attitudes toward abortion have not significantly changed, a new poll found.

Catholics reflect on racial reconciliation in U.S. Church: ‘We must be rooted in prayer’

Jan 16, 2023 / 06:00 am

Two prominent Catholic speakers say they have seen an openness among Catholics to acknowledge racism as a sin and as a continued problem in U.S. society.

Hanging up the jersey: What happens when God calls an athlete away from sports?

Jan 15, 2023 / 08:00 am

Two prominent Catholic speakers, both of whom had successful athletic careers before embracing vocations, spoke to CNA this month SEEK23 in St. Louis.

Father Spitzer: God revealing himself to scientists through his ‘perfectly-designed-for-life universe’

Jan 13, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The popular host of EWTN’s “Father Spitzer’s Universe” delivered the keynote address at Word on Fire’s Wonder Conference.

Pavone: It’s possible I missed laicization notice

Jan 13, 2023 / 09:33 am

A diocesan official’s account is at odds with Frank Pavone’s prior statements to CNA and other media outlets claiming he wasn’t officially informed of his dismissal from the priesthood.

U.S. House passes resolution condemning attacks on pro-life centers and churches

Jan 12, 2023 / 11:10 am

The resolution also calls on the Biden administration to “protect the rights of pro-life facilities, groups, and churches.”

Retired St. Louis priest gets prison time for child pornography charges

Jan 11, 2023 / 14:00 pm

Vincentian Father James T. Beighlie, who ministered in St. Louis until 2021, was sentenced this week to five years in prison.

California parish faces mudslides, flooding on 5th anniversary of disaster that killed 23 

Jan 10, 2023 / 15:00 pm

Five years ago on Jan. 10, 2018, a massive mudslide caused by similar weather conditions killed nearly two dozen people in the town of Montecito, California.

Investigation into ‘Vatican Girl’ cold case reopened amid rekindled public interest

Jan 10, 2023 / 10:30 am

Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of Ercole Orlandi, an envoy of the Prefecture of the Pontifical House, disappeared on June 22, 1983.

‘Catechism in a Year’ podcast tops the charts: ‘It has a beauty that speaks to the heart’

Jan 9, 2023 / 12:30 pm

The success of “The Catechism in a Year,” hosted by Father Mike Schmitz, speaks to “the deep longing we all have to respond to God’s plan for each one of us.”

Meet me in St. Louis: SEEK24 to return to ‘Rome of the West’

Jan 9, 2023 / 10:07 am

Nearly 19,000 people attended the five-day SEEK23 conference at the America’s Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis last week.

Young Catholics converge at SEEK23: ‘I love seeing people fall in love with Jesus’

Jan 6, 2023 / 15:45 pm

More than 17,000 people descended on St. Louis this week for the SEEK23 Catholic conference, put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. 

Catholic speakers at SEEK23 remember Pope Benedict XVI on the day of his burial

Jan 5, 2023 / 14:55 pm

Some 17,000 people are gathered in St. Louis for a weeklong conference of speakers, prayer, and fellowship put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

Personal secretary of Benedict XVI set to publish new book: Who is he? 

Jan 3, 2023 / 11:00 am

Pope Benedict XVI’s longtime personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, has written a firsthand account of his friend and mentor’s papacy.

Remembering Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States

Jan 2, 2023 / 10:00 am

Pope Benedict XVI, who died Dec. 31, visited the United States only once, but he left a lasting impression.

Where Catholics live in the United States, explained in four charts

Jan 2, 2023 / 05:00 am

Catholicism is the largest religious body in 36 U.S. states, and the data show that Catholicism is growing fastest in the South and West, even as it declines in the Midwest and Northeast. 

U.S. lay Catholic organizations mourn the loss of Pope Emeritus Benedict

Jan 1, 2023 / 15:03 pm

Major U.S.-based lay Catholic groups expressed their gratitude for the late pope’s life and legacy.

Here are your favorite Christmas carols (kind of)

Dec 27, 2022 / 08:00 am

For the second year in a row, we at CNA conducted an informal poll on social media to determine which Christmas carol reigns supreme as our readers’ favorite.

Remembering the first Christmas in space: Here’s how it happened

Dec 26, 2022 / 10:00 am

In the midst of the chaos of 1968, three men left the earth behind, trading the strife of the world below for the silent, contemplative vacuum of space.