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

As Pavone misconduct allegations mount, Amarillo diocese maintains silence

Feb 8, 2023 / 20:52 pm

Two women have accused Frank Pavone, national director of the pro-life organization Priests for Life, of sexual harassment, according to recent media reports.

New auxiliary bishop appointed in Diocese of El Paso immigrated to U.S. from Philippines

Feb 8, 2023 / 10:51 am

Bishop-elect Anthony Celino, who currently serves as pastor of St. Raphael Parish in East El Paso and is the diocese’s judicial vicar, immigrated in 1993.

Guess who’s coming to the State of the Union? Pro-life hero and target of Biden Justice Department Mark Houck

Feb 7, 2023 / 13:50 pm

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry invited pro-life advocate and recently exonerated Catholic father of seven Mark Houck to be his guest.

Democrats invite pro-abortion guests to State of the Union

Feb 7, 2023 / 13:30 pm

Several Democratic congressmen have invited pro-abortion activists as their guests for President Joe Biden’s second State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Police say church vandal was about to break into tabernacle — until he saw the statue of Mary

Feb 6, 2023 / 13:55 pm

The suspect started to take a sledgehammer to the tabernacle where the consecrated bread is kept, but something stopped him in his tracks: a Virgin Mary statue.

Leader of Houston pro-life pregnancy center says pro-abortion vandalism was ‘racist’

Feb 3, 2023 / 16:15 pm

Two vandals were allegedly caught on camera writing “Abortion for all” on the front of the clinic in Houston’s Fifth Ward.

The Satanic Temple to open free abortion clinic in New Mexico

Feb 3, 2023 / 13:22 pm

The political activist group known for protesting religious symbolism in public spaces announced it will offer prescriptions for drugs that cause abortion.

Bishop Barron says Minnesota’s new abortion law is ‘the worst kind of barbarism’

Feb 2, 2023 / 12:45 pm

“I want to share with you my anger, my frustration over this terrible law that was just signed by the governor in Minnesota,” Barron said.

Acquitted pro-life activist Mark Houck reveals details of ‘reckless’ FBI raid; will press charges

Feb 1, 2023 / 13:31 pm

The father of seven said he opened the door of his house to a team of FBI agents pointing M-16s at him.

UPDATE: Mark Houck cleared of FACE Act charges in rebuke to Justice Department’s aggressive prosecution

Jan 30, 2023 / 15:20 pm

Pro-life activist Mark Houck was found not guilty Monday on federal assault charges stemming from a shoving incident outside a Philadelphia abortion clinic.

Mark Houck trial update: Alternate chosen to replace juror

Jan 30, 2023 / 12:20 pm

The alternate took the place of the original juror at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, when deliberations began again.

Mark Houck trial: Jury deadlocked, will resume deliberations Jan. 30

Jan 27, 2023 / 17:48 pm

The jury deciding the fate of pro-life activist Mark Houck could not come to a decision Friday on whether the Catholic father of seven broke a federal law.

Prosecution rests case in Mark Houck trial, defense motions to dismiss the case

Jan 26, 2023 / 17:45 pm

In the trial of Mark Houck, charged with violating Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, defense lawyers argued that the federal case against their client be dismissed.

Pro-life leader and Catholic father of 7 Mark Houck goes to trial: an emotional first day

Jan 25, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The allegations relate to an incident that occurred at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2021.

Trial of Mark Houck, pro-life advocate, begins with night of prayer

Jan 24, 2023 / 16:00 pm

A crowd of about 50 supporters gathered in front of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Tuesday, one day before Mark Houck’s trial is set to begin.

As it happened: The March for Life 2023

Jan 20, 2023 / 07:11 am

This year’s march on Friday, Jan. 20, will be the first March for Life held in a post-Roe America.

Who is Tony Dungy, the NFL Hall of Fame coach speaking at the March for Life? 

Jan 19, 2023 / 14:30 pm

In interviews, Tony Dungy often makes it clear that his faith in Christ has been the primary driving factor of both his life off and on the field. 

McCarrick’s lawyers say he’s not competent to stand trial

Jan 17, 2023 / 16:43 pm

Defense attorneys plan to file a motion to dismiss the criminal case against Theodore McCarrick, who is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy.

Pro-life advocate Mark Houck, who was arrested in FBI raid, to stand trial next week

Jan 17, 2023 / 11:36 am

Houck was arrested at home in front of his terrified wife and kids, sparking national outrage and concern over the “weaponization” of federal law enforcement.

Archaeologists uncover early Christian church with ornate mosaic in Jericho

Jan 13, 2023 / 14:00 pm

A team of Israeli archaeologists has discovered a sixth-century Byzantine church with highly decorated mosaic floors.