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

Pope Francis reminds migrants in Malta of his ‘closeness’ on last day of visit

Apr 3, 2022 / 10:31 am

Addressing a crowd on Sunday at the John XIII Peace Lab, an immigration reception center in Hal Far, Malta, Pope Francis called for strengthening “the fabric of social friendship and the culture of encounter, starting from places such as this.”

Why is the First Saturdays devotion called the 'unfulfilled part of the Fatima message'?

Mar 30, 2022 / 15:07 pm

What is the First Saturdays devotion, and what is its connection to Fatima and the Blessed Virgin Mary's request for the consecration of Russia?

Tabernacle, with Eucharist inside, stolen from Maryland Catholic church

Mar 30, 2022 / 13:36 pm

A tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament located inside, along with other church belongings, was stolen from Catholic church in Hydes, Maryland.

Peter Kilpatrick named next president of Catholic University

Mar 29, 2022 / 08:00 am

Peter K. Kilpatrick, a former dean of the engineering school at the University of Notre Dame who has served as provost at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago for the past four years, has been named the next president of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Mother Angelica's work still brings inspiration and conversion, six years after her death

Mar 27, 2022 / 03:00 am

The foundress of EWTN, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, died six years ago, but her legacy lives on in the spiritual renewals that have resulted from the fruits of her work. 

From coast to coast, US bishops join in the consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Mar 25, 2022 / 16:06 pm

Preaching the homily at a Mass in Philadelphia on Friday, the voice of the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the United States shook with emotion. 

Nancy Pelosi describes herself as a 'devout' Catholic who grew up in a 'pro-life family'

Mar 25, 2022 / 06:30 am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke about being a “devout” Catholic in an on-stage discussion, while defending her staunch support of legalized abortion and arguing that the Supreme Court should not overturn Roe v. Wade — positions that place her sharply at odds with Church teaching.

Don’t blame misfortunes on God, instead turn to conversion, Pope Francis says

Mar 20, 2022 / 08:34 am

Jesus implores us not to blame God for misfortunes and points us instead to conversion as a solution to evils which oppress us, Pope Francis said Sunday. 

Could Pope Francis visit Ukraine? Here’s what his representative in Kyiv said

Mar 18, 2022 / 12:21 pm

Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas spoke to EWTN's Raymond Arroyo about the hardships and hopes of Ukrainians trapped in Kyiv.

Pro-lifers speak out as ‘DIY abortion’ amendment advances

Mar 18, 2022 / 04:13 am

The amendment would permanently allow at-home medical abortions.

Three hurt when Catholic charity's van struck by artillery fire in Ukraine

Mar 16, 2022 / 15:05 pm

Three volunteers for the U.S.-based Vulnerable People Project were hurt, one critically, when their vehicle came under fire in northwest Ukraine.

Massachusetts prolifers lament Catholic school's choice to honor pro-abortion cabinet member

Mar 14, 2022 / 16:58 pm

A coalition of Catholic and pro-life organizations in Massachusetts is speaking out against the decision of a Boston Catholic school to honor U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh with an award named for Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. 

Arrests made, statues restored at vandalized Catholic Church

Mar 10, 2022 / 16:07 pm

Three people were arrested for vandalizing statues of the Holy Family outside a Catholic church in Jacksonville, Florida, Feb. 23.

Catholic charity helping Christians flee Taliban is now active in Ukraine

Mar 10, 2022 / 06:52 am

Jason Jones' Vulnerable People Project has helped Christians and other minorities escape the Taliban in Afghanistan since U.S. forces pulled out of the country. Now the group's volunteers are working on the ground in Ukraine, leading residents in war zones to safety.

Washington archdiocese drops school mask requirement in DC

Mar 9, 2022 / 17:30 pm

Masks are no longer mandatory at Catholic schools in Washington, D.C., the Archdiocese of Washington announced Wednesday.

Burlington bishop removes pastor for disobedience over COVID-19 directives

Mar 8, 2022 / 17:08 pm

In a letter to parishioners of Holy Family Parish in Springfield, Vermont, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington announced that their pastor, Father Peter Williams, is immediately being removed from his position after the priest's months’-long refusal to resign.

Brooklyn auxiliary bishop resigns at age 76

Mar 7, 2022 / 11:13 am

The resignation of Bishop Raymond Francis Chappetto as Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn was accepted Monday by Pope Francis.

Experts respond to Biden: Biology and theology agree, human life begins at conception

Mar 4, 2022 / 11:08 am

After repeated, recent statements by U.S. President Joe Biden that he does not believe human life begins at the moment of conception, or characterizing such a belief as a matter of faith, scientists and doctors have pointed out that this belief can be arrived at through natural reason -science - alone.

Satanic, vulgar markings deface Holy Family statutes, suspects shown on video

Mar 3, 2022 / 14:00 pm

The vandalism at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Florida, is just one of many such incidents that have occurred in recent weeks, and is part of a worrisome, years-long trend. A U.S. senator is demanding that the Department of Justice to more aggressively prosecute those responsible.

Ukrainian Catholic priest in D.C.: Russia has list of church leaders

Mar 1, 2022 / 15:46 pm

A Ukrainian Catholic priest who is the dean of theology at the Catholic University of America says church leaders have been told that Russia has a "list" of bishops in the Ukraine.