Joe Bukuras

Joe Bukuras

Joseph Bukuras is a staff writer at the Catholic News Agency. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Catholic University of America. He has interned in the U.S. House of Representatives, on a U.S. Senate campaign, in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, and at the Susan B. Anthony List. He is based out of the Boston area.

Articles by Joe Bukuras

Roberta Drury, a Catholic victim of Buffalo shooting, 'reflected God's love'

May 24, 2022 / 11:39 am

Roberta Drury, one of the victims of the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, was remembered at her funeral Mass on Saturday for her many admirable qualities, including her “smile that could light up a room.”

Life ‘is always sacred and inviolable’ Pope Francis says

May 22, 2022 / 08:20 am

Pope Francis praised a pro-life event in Rome and offered comments defending the dignity of life on Sunday. 

Pope Francis: Ask the Lord for the gift of peace

May 22, 2022 / 07:33 am

An estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome on Sunday to hear Pope Francis' Regina Caeli reflections on Jesus' words, “My peace I give to you” (Jn 14:27).

Catholics respond to barring of Nancy Pelosi from Holy Communion

May 20, 2022 / 15:10 pm

Catholics are responding in a variety of ways to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's decision not to admit Nancy Pelosi to Communion, from viewing it as a compassionate act to the "waging [of] a culture war."

Denver archbishop: Cordileone 'made every attempt' to avoid barring Pelosi from Communion

May 20, 2022 / 14:41 pm

“I support and commend my brother bishop for making this courageous, compassionate, and necessary decision,” Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila said.

'Br. Martin,' self-described monk with large Twitter following, says he won't heed bishop's warning

May 19, 2022 / 18:40 pm

Martin Navarro  — whose “Br. Martin” Twitter account has more than 11,000 followers — told CNA he won't acquiesce to Bishop James Johnston’s order to stop presenting himself as the leader of a religious community in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Padre Pio's relics coming to national shrine in DC

May 18, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina never visited the United States during his time on earth, but now his relics — which include multiple elements from his body — will be visiting Washington D.C. this weekend as they are displayed for veneration at the nation’s largest Catholic church.

NJ bishops express 'outrage' over plan to mandate insurance coverage for abortion

May 17, 2022 / 14:55 pm

New Jersey’s Catholic bishops on Thursday expressed their disappointment with a proposal by Governor Phil Murphy to expand abortion access in the state, which already recognizes abortion as a constitutional right.

New pro-life movie streaming in theaters this week

May 16, 2022 / 17:18 pm

A new pro-life movie that explores the case for life and the repercussions of abortion is airing May 16 and 17 in select theaters around the U.S. 

TLM altar boys implore cardinal: Consider our love for Latin Mass

May 14, 2022 / 06:00 am

Six Latin Mass altar servers in a Washington, D.C. parish have written an impassioned letter to the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, imploring him to consider their positive experiences in the Traditional Latin Mass when implementing the Vatican’s new guidance on the Extraordinary Form.

Cardinal Zen arrest: A roundup of reactions

May 11, 2022 / 08:50 am

‘The arrest of Cardinal Zen sends a chilling message,’ said William Nee of Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

Update on unrest: Tabernacle stolen, Catholic church defaced, pregnancy clinic vandalized

May 9, 2022 / 16:30 pm

More criminal acts targeting Catholic churches and pro-life advocates were reported Monday, after a Mother’s Day weekend marked by unrest in multiple locations in the U.S. tied to anger over a possible Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Costumed protesters disrupt Mother's Day Mass in Los Angeles

May 8, 2022 / 20:26 pm

Several protesters dressed in "huge hats" and "red, hooded gowns," disrupted a Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles Sunday morning, a parishioner told CNA.

Should Catholics worry about abortion protests disrupting Mother’s Day Mass?

May 6, 2022 / 19:00 pm

A pro-abortion group's call for protesters to disrupt Masses this Sunday — Mother's Day — had put some dioceses and parishes on edge.

For pro-life college students, being targeted by rage over leaked abortion opinion poses major test

May 6, 2022 / 17:03 pm

Members of a pro-life club at Harvard University endure insults and vulgarities while demonstrating on campus.

Pro-life leaders decry abortion ruling leak, hope for overturn of Roe v Wade

May 3, 2022 / 16:10 pm

Pro-life advocates have condemned the leak of a draft opinion in a U.S. Supreme Court case that would overturn Roe v. Wade, while also looking forward to such a decision being made.

Catholic education expert decries drag show at Saint Joseph's University

Apr 28, 2022 / 11:30 am

How does a drag show fit the mission of a Catholic university? That is what a Catholic education expert asked when hearing about such a performance, which took place at Jesuit university in Philadelphia on Friday.

Elon Musk Twitter takeover: How should Catholics think about free speech?

Apr 26, 2022 / 17:09 pm

Elon Musk — the world’s richest man — reached a deal Monday to acquire Twitter for approximately $44 billion. This comes after the social media platform has faced growing accusations of censorship, including that of Catholic and pro-life voices. So what does this move mean for Catholics?

Divine Mercy Sunday 2022: Here's how to obtain a plenary indulgence

Apr 21, 2022 / 16:07 pm

What do a certain Polish nun and a certain Polish pope have in common? They both became saints and they were both instrumental in the institution of Divine Mercy Sunday, which offers many graces to the faithful. 

Bishop Cozzens talks new Eucharist film, explores disbelief in the Real Presence

Apr 20, 2022 / 15:19 pm

“Providential” is the word that Bishop Andrew Cozzens of Crookston used to describe the April 25 release of “ALIVE: Who is there?”, a movie highlighting the transformative power of the Eucharist.