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

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. 

Pope Francis: ‘Come out of the tomb of fear’

Apr 18, 2022 / 10:40 am

Fear is like a tomb that can “bury us,” Pope Francis said Monday, but the Risen Lord’s words to the women who were the first to announce his resurrection apply to us, as well: “Be not afraid.”

Finding faith at Harvard: These 5 Easter conversion stories will make your day

Apr 16, 2022 / 09:03 am

This year, 31 people — 17 of whom are students at Harvard — will enter the Catholic Church at a parish in the heart of Harvard Square. “When I tell other people about it," a chaplain told CNA, "it gives them hope to hear that many young people are still converting to Catholicism, and they’re doing it in a place as secular as Cambridge.”

Play ball! But go for the peanuts, skip the bratwurst at Good Friday opener

Apr 13, 2022 / 12:33 pm

Sorry, Cleveland baseball fans (the Catholic ones, anyway), there is no dispensation from fasting and abstaining because of the Guardians’ seasonal opener on Good Friday.

College enters fray with bishop over gay pride, BLM flags at Jesuit school

Apr 11, 2022 / 18:00 pm

A group of students, staff, and alumni at the College of the Holy Cross are petitioning the administration to disinvite Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester from attending this year’s graduation ceremony, although he he has already announced he will not do so, because they say his request of a local Catholic school to cease flying gay pride and Black Lives Matter flags is “antithetical to the ideals, values, and mission” of the college.

New eucharistic movie hits U.S. theaters for one day only

Apr 7, 2022 / 15:58 pm

A new documentary titled "ALIVE: Who is there?" highlighting the transformative power of the Holy Eucharist will be debuting for one day only in more than 700 theaters across the United States on Monday, April 25. 

This Catholic parish is helping to bring fresh water to a poor Nigerian village

Apr 6, 2022 / 05:02 am

“They need water.” These words have inspired a Catholic parish in Dedham, Massachusetts, to undertake an ambitious effort to fund the constructions of six wells to provide a poor Nigerian village with a reliable supply of fresh water.

Bishop asks Catholic middle school to take down gay pride, Black Lives Matter flags

Apr 5, 2022 / 08:43 am

Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts, has expressed concerns that flags flying outside a Jesuit-run middle school in support of gay pride and the Black Lives Matter movement could lead to confusion about the Catholic Church’s teaching on civil authority and gay marriage. The school risks losing its Catholic designation if it refuses to take down the flags.