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

Spokane bishop asks Catholic schools to follow state vaccine mandate, affirms exercise of religious exemption

Aug 26, 2021 / 14:02 pm

Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane wrote on Tuesday that Catholic schools in the diocese will be expected to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate, while also seeking to clarify exemptions under state law and how Catholic schools will acknowledge the exemptions.

Christian legal group decries conditions for Afghan religious minorities, urges aid

Aug 25, 2021 / 13:00 pm

A Christian legal group on Tuesday warned of deteriorating conditions for Afghanistan’s religious minorities, and pushed for an immediate international response. 

Palm Beach Catholic school students required to wear masks

Aug 24, 2021 / 15:02 pm

Catholic school students in the Diocese of Palm Beach will be required to wear masks indoors for at least the first 60 days of school, after which the mask policy will be reviewed. The policy went into effect Monday.

A devout Mormon’s conversion to the Catholic Church

Aug 24, 2021 / 11:13 am

Maren Latham shares the story of her conversion from the Mormon religion to the Catholic Church.

COVID vaccines: Spokane bishop supports conscience rights, but says priests won't provide religious exemption

Aug 24, 2021 / 03:00 am

After Washington state announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for school employees, the Bishop of Spokane said that conscience rights should be respected, but that priests shouldn’t sign documents regarding the conscience of another.

Wisconsin bishops encourage vaccination while affirming conscience rights 

Aug 23, 2021 / 18:01 pm

The five bishops of Wisconsin on Friday issued a message encouraging vaccination against COVID-19, while maintaining that people ought not be forced to accept a COVID vaccine. 

First Haitian-American Catholic bishop dies at 86

Aug 23, 2021 / 15:00 pm

Bishop Guy Sansaricq, a retired auxiliary of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the first Haitian-born bishop in the United States, died Saturday at age 86. 

Cardinal Burke off COVID-19 ventilator and back in hospital room, family says

Aug 21, 2021 / 10:04 am

Cardinal Burke's condition is improving, according to the latest update on his battle with COVID-19.

Appeals court upholds Texas law prohibiting 'live dismemberment' abortions

Aug 20, 2021 / 08:53 am

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a Texas law that prohibits a kind of dilation-and-evacuation abortion known as ‘live dismemberment’.

Bishop Wall encourages COVID-19 vaccination, while opposing state mandates

Aug 18, 2021 / 17:19 pm

Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico released a letter Wednesday reiterating that COVID-19 vaccines can be taken by Catholics “with a clear conscience,” while also asserting that the state ought not “universally mandate the vaccine without allowing for conscientious objection.”

Monterey bishop prohibits religious exemption from Covid vaccine mandates

Aug 16, 2021 / 19:01 pm

Bishop Daniel Garcia of Monterey on Friday directed clergy not to provide letters of religious exemption for Catholics wishing not to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

The Story of EWTN: From Garage Startup to Global Catholic TV Network

Aug 16, 2021 / 15:27 pm

EWTN might never have succeeded if it weren't for these miracles.

South Dakota bishops support conscientious, religious exemptions from Covid vaccine mandates

Aug 11, 2021 / 17:00 pm

In response to questions from Catholics about COVID-19 vaccine mandates being imposed by employers or other authorities, the bishops of South Dakota said this week that Catholics whose well-formed consciences tell them not to receive a vaccine should be free to seek a religious exemption from any vaccine mandate. 

Ministry seeks to build community and empower young Latinos

Aug 10, 2021 / 17:05 pm

Vicente del Real, a Catholic from Chicago, was recently helping to facilitate a young adult gathering at a parish in his area. The pastor walked in and said to one of the attendees that he should go to seminary.

CNA Newsroom: "The Future is Latino"

Aug 9, 2021 / 14:48 pm

The Latino population within the U.S. Church is booming, but is the Church ready to welcome them?

Archbishop Lori: St John Vianney, Bl Michael McGivney were both 'exemplary pastors of souls'

Aug 4, 2021 / 15:10 pm

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, on Wednesday highlighted the similarities between St. John Vianney and Blessed Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights.

Knights of Columbus highlight charitable work, faith formation at annual meeting

Aug 3, 2021 / 19:55 pm

Patrick Kelly, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, highlighted the group’s charitable work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, announced plans to support faith formation initiatives, and lauded the group’s newly-beatified founder in a speech Tuesday. 

CNA Newsroom: 'Extraordinary Times for the Extraordinary Form'

Aug 2, 2021 / 14:00 pm

This week on CNA Newsroom, Catholics talk about their love for the Traditional Latin Mass, and react to the pope's new norms.

Body of Tennessee priest on path to canonization reburied in basilica

Aug 2, 2021 / 13:20 pm

The body of Servant of God Patrick Ryan, a Tennessee priest who died in 1878 caring for victims of the Chattanooga’s yellow fever epidemic, was moved and reinterred at the city’s Saints Peter and Paul Basilica over the weekend.

Catholic Charities in Texas criticizes state order restricting immigration work

Jul 30, 2021 / 14:02 pm

Catholic entities helping migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border responded this week after the Texas governor restricted who could transport migrants following their release from federal custody.