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 happens to the remains of aborted babies? Here’s what we know

Apr 7, 2022 / 16:37 pm

“Without regulations, medical practitioners are free to dispose of human fetal remains by incineration with medical waste, by dumping in landfills, and even by burning the remains to generate energy,” a legal brief filed by Americans United for Life notes.

Abducted American religious sister a former leader of her congregation whose heart turned to missionary work

Apr 6, 2022 / 16:01 pm

The American religious sister kidnapped in West Africa this week is a former international leader of her congregation, who was moved to start a missionary outpost in Burkina Faso after a 2011 visit to the country.

Pro-life group says it obtained remains of 115 aborted babies discarded by DC clinic

Apr 5, 2022 / 10:51 am

Anti-abortion activists said Tuesday that they obtained 115 aborted babies from a driver for a medical waste company in late March, with the intention of giving the unborn children a dignified funeral and burial. The waste company says the group's claims are not true.

Pro-life group calls for investigation into the deaths of five aborted babies found in DC apartment

Apr 4, 2022 / 17:33 pm

A pro-life group is calling for the Washington D.C. medical examiner to perform autopsies on five aborted fetuses whose bodies police recovered from an apartment last week, citing medical professionals’ opinions that the babies may have been killed outside the womb, in violation of federal laws

After police find aborted fetal remains at home of DC pro-life activist, group pledges full explanation

Apr 1, 2022 / 16:41 pm

Police on Wednesday found the remains of at least five aborted fetuses at the Washington, D.C. home of activist Lauren Handy, who is affiliated with the group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, a secular organization that demonstrates against abortion. 

Arizona bishops say 15 week abortion ban will protect women and their unborn children

Mar 31, 2022 / 15:00 pm

The Catholic bishops of Arizona this week expressed gratitude at the passage of a 15 week abortion ban in the state. 

Oregon drops residency requirement for assisted suicide

Mar 30, 2022 / 17:00 pm

Oregon has dropped its residency requirement for assisted suicide, meaning doctors will be allowed to prescribe lethal drugs to people who do not reside in the state.

Reporting from war-torn Ukraine, this Catholic journalist keeps the faith

Mar 28, 2022 / 15:19 pm

How one Catholic in Ukraine is responding to the invasion with prayer and trust in God.

Former Albany bishop says he returned priests accused of abuse to ministry without involving law enforcement

Mar 28, 2022 / 14:34 pm

In a deposition released March 25, the former Bishop of Albany admitted that he did not report several instances of alleged sexual abuse of minors by priests, instead choosing to keep the allegations quiet and to refer the priests for treatment. 

From coast to coast, US bishops join in the consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Mar 25, 2022 / 16:06 pm

Preaching the homily at a Mass in Philadelphia on Friday, the voice of the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the United States shook with emotion. 

Russian Orthodox metropolitan seems to exclude possibility of an appeal for peace to Russian leaders

Mar 24, 2022 / 16:00 pm

In response to a letter to the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church pleading for his intervention in the Ukraine conflict, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said his Church is praying for peace, and that it supports “direct negotiations” between Russia and Ukraine. 

What time is the consecration of Russia and Ukraine? Find out here

Mar 24, 2022 / 15:25 pm

The pope says he will pray the prayer at 6:30 p.m. Rome time.

Want to join in the consecration of Russia and Ukraine? Here's how

Mar 23, 2022 / 11:00 am

This Friday, March 25, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, entrusting the nations to Mary’s help and protection. The pope has asked all the bishops — and indeed all the faithful of the entire world — to join him. 

Indiana governor vetoes bill that would reserve girls' sports to females

Mar 22, 2022 / 16:23 pm

The governor of Indiana has vetoed a bill aiming to prohibit the participation of males in K-12 girl’s sports, saying it “leaves too many unanswered questions.” 

Sri Lankan cardinal laments slow pace, possible corruption in Easter attacks investigation

Mar 21, 2022 / 15:34 pm

The Archbishop of Colombo highlighted the frustrations of his people over the perceived lack of investigation and prosecutions related to Sri Lanka’s 2019 Easter Sunday bombings, which killed nearly 270 people.

Is your U.S. diocese participating in Pope Francis' consecration of Russia and Ukraine? Find out here.

Mar 18, 2022 / 14:54 pm

Pope Francis has asked all the bishops of the world to join him in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25.

Missouri lawmaker says controversial bill won't outlaw ectopic pregnancy treatment

Mar 17, 2022 / 17:21 pm

A Missouri lawmaker plans to amend a bill concerning ectopic pregnancies to allay concerns that it would outlaw treatment for the potentially deadly medical condition.

Black Catholic worship is unique — but majority-Black parishes are rare, survey says

Mar 16, 2022 / 16:00 pm

A new survey of Black Catholics in the United States sheds light on what makes Black expressions of Catholicism unique, but also highlights the fact that Black Catholics remain a minority in the country as a whole, and in most parishes.

British doctor allowed to continue 'abortion pill reversal' treatment after licensing body investigation

Mar 15, 2022 / 17:00 pm

A Catholic doctor will again be allowed to offer a treatment known as “abortion pill reversal,” after a British medical licensing body concluded that the treatment was not dangerous, and dismissed all charges brought against him March 7. 

Here's what you need to know about consecration of Russia and Ukraine by Pope Francis

Mar 15, 2022 / 12:06 pm

The Vatican's surprise announcement March 15 that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary later this month raises a host of questions. To begin with, what does "consecration" mean? We've got answers for you.