Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown is a staff writer and assistant podcast producer for Catholic News Agency. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and in the past has worked as a writer, as a producer for public radio, and as a videographer.

Articles by Jonah McKeown

Judge temporarily blocks New York vaccine mandate, lacking religious exemption, for medical workers

Sep 14, 2021 / 19:00 pm

A federal court on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against a New York state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which disallowed religious exemptions, after a group of anonymous medical professionals filed suit against the governor and her administration. 

PODCAST: An Afghan Christian’s plea: “You are my last hope”

Sep 14, 2021 / 05:00 am

A young Christian, desperate to flee Afghanistan, exchanges frantic messages with two CNA employees, pleading for help as the Taliban closes in on him.

An Afghan Christian’s plea: “You are my last hope”

Sep 13, 2021 / 15:07 pm

A young Christian, desperate to flee Afghanistan, exchanges frantic messages with a CNA employee, pleading for help as the Taliban closes in on him.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury opposes proposed UK assisted suicide law

Sep 13, 2021 / 14:03 pm

A prominent Anglican archbishop has added his voice to those of several Catholic bishops in England and Wales opposing the legalization of assisted suicide. 

Peruvian terrorist leader dies in prison; archbishop urges prayers for his soul

Sep 11, 2021 / 14:53 pm

“The Lord Jesus has asked us to love our enemies and on the cross he has given us an example of this. Let us pray to God to have mercy on his soul."

Pope to interfaith summit: If we want peace on Earth, “we cannot lose sight of Heaven”

Sep 11, 2021 / 13:01 pm

“I would like to reiterate that if we want to preserve fraternity on Earth, ‘we cannot lose sight of Heaven.’”

How 9/11 led a first responder to the priesthood

Sep 11, 2021 / 10:12 am

Father Tom Colucci says he actually sees a lot of similarities between the priesthood and the fire service.

The Church in Australia will soon hold a plenary council. What is that?

Sep 9, 2021 / 14:30 pm

The Fifth Plenary Council of the Church in Australia is scheduled to take place Oct. 3-10, in Adelaide, followed by a second assembly July 4-9, 2022 in Sydney. 

English bishop urges Catholics to oppose assisted suicide bill

Sep 9, 2021 / 11:00 am

An English bishop is urging Catholics to write to members of the House of Lords urging them to oppose the legalization of assisted suicide in England and Wales.

Justice Department pledges to 'protect' women seeking abortions in Texas after pro-life law takes effect

Sep 7, 2021 / 14:30 pm

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday vowed to “protect” women seeking abortions in Texas, days after a new state law went into effect aiming to prohibit most abortions after six weeks. 

Marking Labor Day, archbishop urges Catholics to pray and work for an economy that respects the common good

Sep 6, 2021 / 06:00 am

A US archbishop has urged Catholics to pray and work for an economy that respects the common good, as the country and the world continue to recover from the economic and human tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawsuits bring additional sexual battery allegations against Theodore McCarrick

Sep 2, 2021 / 18:19 pm

Theodore McCarrick, a disgraced former cardinal, is facing criminal charges of sexual abuse of a minor, with his first court date scheduled for Friday. On Monday, a California-based law firm filed two additional lawsuits against McCarrick.

Bishop urges Queenslanders to oppose euthanasia, assisted suicide bill

Sep 2, 2021 / 16:00 pm

Catholics in Australia’s Queensland state are being urged to sign a petition asking the parliament not to pass a bill that would allow for euthanasia and assisted suicide.

African-American parish in Denver robbed of tabernacle, Eucharist

Sep 1, 2021 / 17:00 pm

A historically African-American parish in Denver was robbed Monday night of a number of valuables, most notably the tabernacle and several consecrated hosts.

Louisiana schools closed amid prayers for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Ida

Sep 1, 2021 / 16:15 pm

At least one Catholic church in New Orleans has opened its doors to serve as an emergency shelter amid widespread power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Ida.

Portland archdiocese asks its schools to follow COVID vaccine mandate, but will consider conscience exemptions

Aug 31, 2021 / 14:33 pm

The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon responded Monday to a new state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, noting that Catholic schools in the archdiocese are expected to comply. 

Twenty years on from 9/11, how an NYC firefighter became a Catholic priest

Aug 30, 2021 / 13:33 pm

Today, Fr. Tom Colucci is a priest in the Archdiocese of New York. But back in 2001, he was a lieutenant with the NYC Fire Department. He shares his memories of 9/11, and how the tragedy encouraged his vocation.

Australian pro-lifers to march against proposed assisted suicide law

Aug 30, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Pro-life advocates in Queensland, Australia will hold a public March for Life ahead of parliamentary debate on a proposed assisted suicide law.

As Supreme Court strikes down eviction moratorium, Catholic Charities urges aid for renters

Aug 27, 2021 / 17:02 pm

The Supreme Court struck down a nationwide moratorium on evictions late Thursday. Housing advocates are urging that congressional aid for those facing eviction should be a top priority. 

Archbishop pleads for charity workers, high school students trapped in Afghanistan

Aug 27, 2021 / 11:00 am

A group of California high school students and their families are among those Americans currently trapped in Afghanistan, and the archbishop of San Francisco is pleading for prayers for their safe return.