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

Cracks appear in U.S. pro-life movement over Pavone’s leadership

Apr 25, 2023 / 05:30 am

Former members of Frank Pavone’s own organization and other leaders in the wider pro-life community have sought to distance themselves from him.

Bishops condemn Florida’s dropping of unanimous jury requirement for death penalty cases

Apr 24, 2023 / 13:45 pm

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill April 20 allowing prisoners in the state to be sentenced to death without a unanimous jury verdict.

Mississippi to implement new pro-family measures after governor signs bills

Apr 20, 2023 / 13:20 pm

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves this week signed into law several pieces of pro-life and pro-family legislation. 

Mother Angelica’s early years: a religious awakening born in the streets of Canton

Apr 20, 2023 / 11:18 am

In honor of Mother Angelica’s 100th birthday, we look at her life growing as the only child of a single mother in Canton, Ohio.

Minneapolis becomes first large U.S. city to allow Islamic prayer calls over speakers

Apr 18, 2023 / 15:00 pm

The mayor of Minneapolis on Monday signed into law a new ordinance allowing the Islamic call to prayer, or adhan, to be broadcast on loudspeakers. 

Washington state House passes bill to allow hiding minors’ gender transitions from parents 

Apr 17, 2023 / 13:30 pm

A bill under consideration in Washington state would allow licensed youth shelters to withhold information from parents about gender transition. 

Miami archbishop says Florida immigration bill criminalizes ‘empathy’ toward the undocumented

Apr 14, 2023 / 12:45 pm

A representative of all eight of Florida’s bishops testified against the bill last month, saying that such a law would have far-reaching negative consequences.

‘No one is to be treated as subhuman’: Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz dies at age 103

Apr 13, 2023 / 12:30 pm

Ben Ferencz secured the convictions of 22 Nazis for the murder of 1 million Jews during World War II. He spent the rest of his life advocating for human rights.

Oklahoma board rejects initial proposal for Catholic charter school

Apr 12, 2023 / 15:30 pm

A statewide board in Oklahoma voted Tuesday to reject a proposal brought by the Oklahoma Catholic Conference to create a virtual, religious charter school. 

Louisville archbishop prays for victims of Easter Monday shooting

Apr 11, 2023 / 13:45 pm

“Even with our Easter hope so recently renewed, we have been quickly reminded that we still live in the shadow of the cross, the cross of senseless violence,” he said.

Ukraine faults Vatican for ‘equating victim and aggressor’ during Way of the Cross

Apr 10, 2023 / 13:30 pm

A Ukraine foreign ministry spokesman criticized a Vatican decision to have the words of two young people from Ukraine and Russia read Good Friday.

St. Louis Catholics petition archbishop to halt diocese-wide parish merger plan

Apr 9, 2023 / 12:00 pm

A group of over 3,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis hopes to stave off the merger of numerous parishes in the coming years.

Wikipedia had the wrong Vatican City flag for years. Now incorrect flags are everywhere

Apr 8, 2023 / 13:00 pm

Imagine many people’s surprise to discover that the image of the “Flag of Vatican City” displayed on Wikipedia has been wrong several times over the years.

Maryland attorney general report on abuse claims to identify more than 600 victims

Apr 5, 2023 / 15:15 pm

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore apologized to abuse survivors and pledged to “do everything possible to prevent future incidents of abuse.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court: Planned Parenthood-backed Protasiewicz wins 

Apr 5, 2023 / 11:00 am

Janet Protasiewicz was declared victor in a contentious race that could tip the scales against the state’s current abortion ban. 

Diocese responds after Wisconsin priest urges Catholics to vote against pro-abortion candidate 

Apr 3, 2023 / 14:00 pm

The Diocese of Madison clarified late last week that the Church does not endorse nor oppose specific political candidates.

Catholic school enrollment post-pandemic: an interview with the NCEA president

Apr 2, 2023 / 04:00 am

Catholic schools in the United States have grown in enrollment for two straight years, reaching record levels in some dioceses.

Tuesday’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election could determine future of state abortion ban

Mar 31, 2023 / 06:00 am

Here’s what you need to know about the April 4 election, when voters will choose who will sit on the state Supreme Court for the next decade.

UPDATE: Pope Francis has bronchitis but is resting and improving, Vatican says

Mar 30, 2023 / 13:00 pm

Pope Francis is exhibiting “marked improvement” after being admitted to the hospital Wednesday with difficulty breathing, which was later diagnosed as bronchitis.

In-person Mass attendance dips following pandemic, study suggests

Mar 30, 2023 / 09:00 am

A quarter of all Catholics say they now attend Mass less often than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.