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

Jimmy Buffett: more Catholic than you think?

Sep 6, 2023 / 07:45 am

The famous soft-rock musician who recently died of cancer was raised Catholic. One commentator believes his music contains Catholic themes.

Catholic charity resumes bringing meals and hope to war-torn Tigray

Sep 3, 2023 / 05:00 am

In late August, Mary’s Meals began serving food once again to approximately 10,000 children in 14 schools in northern Ethiopia.  

5 things to know about Mongolia as Pope Francis prepares for his trip

Aug 28, 2023 / 10:30 am

The pope will travel to Mongolia Aug. 31–Sept. 4 to visit one of the smallest Christian communities in the world.

UPDATED: Wyoming bishop cleared of abuse by the Vatican dies at 91

Aug 25, 2023 / 13:00 pm

The former bishop of Cheyenne, Joseph Hart, was accused on multiple occasions of sexual abuse of minors, but claims were dismissed.

India’s bishops elated after successful moon landing 

Aug 24, 2023 / 12:40 pm

Catholic bishops in India lauded the touchdown of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, marking mankind’s first successful mission to the moon’s south pole.

Thomas Aquinas College reports minimal damage amid tropical storm, earthquake

Aug 22, 2023 / 12:30 pm

Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall in California as the first such storm to hit the state in 84 years.

How to help Maui wildfire victims from afar

Aug 21, 2023 / 15:45 pm

Here’s how you can help those affected by the devastating fires on Maui.

Tigray food crisis deepens as Catholic leaders plead for relief

Aug 18, 2023 / 15:00 pm

Over 20 million people in Ethiopia rely on food assistance, but it was halted four months ago after the discovery of widespread theft.

Explore Nebraska’s adoration chapels with a new pilgrimage ‘passport’

Aug 17, 2023 / 14:15 pm

Bishop James Conley said he hopes pilgrims will visit the adoration chapels and pray specifically for their intentions as part of the National Eucharistic Revival.

Catholic family narrowly escapes Hawaii wildfires: ‘We did a lot of praying’

Aug 16, 2023 / 15:30 pm

Angel and Ana Cardenas and their three children, of Sacramento, California, have been visiting Maui annually on family vacations for the past decade.

What happened to St. Maximilian Kolbe’s beard? The answer may surprise you

Aug 14, 2023 / 02:15 am

The last image taken of the saint before his final arrest was notable for what it didn’t show — his signature long beard.

California community of Norbertine priests establish new priory, institute in Illinois

Aug 13, 2023 / 06:00 am

The new priory and institute “represent the fruition of an almost 20-year vision for the growing Norbertine community.”

U.S. pilgrims reflect on World Youth Day experience: a ‘small taste’ of heaven

Aug 9, 2023 / 15:45 pm

CNA spoke to young adults about their experiences of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, last week.

Baton Rouge priest killed in a car crash remembered for his holiness, passion for truth

Aug 8, 2023 / 05:00 am

Father Mark Beard, who died Aug. 2, became a priest later in life after a successful career and was known for his devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Meet the women who penned the official songs for the National Eucharistic Congress

Aug 7, 2023 / 07:47 am

Diane Mahoney and Kathleen Pluth have had their musical compositions chosen out of many entries as the official theme song and official hymn.

New documentary chronicles faith and miracles in the Illinois heartland

Aug 5, 2023 / 06:30 am

A layman and a priest went on the road to film inspiring stories of faith about Catholics in their own state.

UK man fined for praying outside abortion clinic now faces criminal charges

Aug 4, 2023 / 13:00 pm

Authorities have filed criminal charges against Adam Smith-Connor, who was fined in 2022 for praying silently within an abortion facility “buffer zone.”

Pope Francis hears young people’s confessions in Lisbon

Aug 4, 2023 / 10:30 am

Pope Francis on Friday heard the confessions of three young people in the Jardim Vasco da Gama, renamed Reconciliation Park for World Youth Day.

Generation Xers’ church attendance drops to millennial levels, survey suggests

Aug 3, 2023 / 13:30 pm

Church attendance has dropped off since the pandemic for Generation X more sharply than for other age groups since the pandemic, according to a new survey. 

Tree of Life synagogue shooter handed federal death penalty

Aug 3, 2023 / 10:30 am

Robert G. Bowers is the first person to be condemned to death under the Biden administration, which placed the federal death penalty under moratorium in 2021.