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

Dozens of headstones overturned at Ukrainian Catholic cemetery near Baltimore

Mar 1, 2022 / 03:40 am

The day before Russia invaded Ukraine last week, about 49 headstones at a Ukrainian Catholic cemetery in the outskirts of Baltimore were knocked over. 

Russia’s invasion ‘will probably call for martyrdom,’ leader of US Ukrainian Catholics warns

Feb 25, 2022 / 11:12 am

Reacting to the rapid pace of developments on the first day of Russia’s attack, Archbishop Borys Gudziak said the “unthinkable is possible” for the Church in Ukraine, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “sociopath” who is “leading his own country and neighbors into an abyss.” 

Franciscans in Syracuse sue for being 'repeatedly disturbed' by loud concerts, marijuana market

Feb 23, 2022 / 17:07 pm

The Conventual Franciscan friars at Assumption Church in Syracuse, New York are suing a music and event venue for disrupting their way of life through hosting loud concerts, blocking the friars’ access to church property, hosting illegal marijuana markets, and more.

You saw the guitar blessing? There was more to that Mass that you missed

Feb 23, 2022 / 14:16 pm

A tweeted video clip of a priest using a guitar to bless the congregation at the end of Mass sparked outrage on social media. But other features of the same Mass also raise eyebrows.

Parents, professor vow to keep speaking out against Boston College's booster mandate

Feb 17, 2022 / 15:15 pm

A petition and telephone campaign by parents and others opposed to Boston College’s COVID-19 booster shot mandate failed to stop the school’s requirement from taking effect, but critics of the policy, some of whom call it "immoral," say they’re not done speaking out.

'God is just so good,' Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp says after his clutch performance

Feb 15, 2022 / 15:05 pm

“I don’t feel deserving of this. God is just so good,” Los Angeles Rams' receiver Cooper Kupp said in a postgame interview. “I’m just so thankful for the guys I get to be around, for the coaches, for my family.”

Saddened by restrictions, NFL star speaks out in defense of Traditional Latin Mass

Feb 14, 2022 / 14:20 pm

In an exclusive interview with CNA, Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker shares his love of the Traditional Latin Mass and talks about his struggle to understand why the Vatican is restricting its use.

State drops charges against Father James Jackson, but he's still being prosecuted. Here's why:

Jan 25, 2022 / 16:56 pm

In an expected procedural move, Rhode Island has dropped its child porn charges against Father James Jackson.

NYC pro-abortion activists curse at churchgoers, beam 'God loves abortion' onto St. Patrick's Cathedral

Jan 24, 2022 / 16:15 pm

Demonstrators at a Jan. 22 pro-abortion rally used drums, profanity, and laser-projected images to disrupt a Mass and prayer vigil at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Knights of Columbus donates 1500th ultrasound machine

Jan 21, 2022 / 11:49 am

The Knights of Columbus donated an ultrasound machine to a New Jersey pregnancy center on Wednesday, a charitable milestone that marks the fraternal organization’s 1500th donation of the technology.

Cardinal Gregory criticizes activist group's 'antics' at basilica on eve of March for Life

Jan 21, 2022 / 10:20 am

Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, responded strongly Friday to an activist group's projection of pro-choice messages on the facade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Thursday night, the eve of the annual March for Life.

Activist group projects pro-choice messages on Washington basilica on eve of March for Life

Jan 20, 2022 / 23:16 pm

In a provocative act on the eve of the annual March for Life, an activist group projected pro-choice messages on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Catholic prep school keeps unvaccinated kids behind plastic barriers at lunch

Jan 20, 2022 / 14:30 pm

The COVID-19 precautions at Boston College High School, which also bar unvaccinated students from playing sports, go beyond those in place at Massachusetts public schools and contradicts guidance from the CDC.

Burlington priest asks parishioners to tell bishop of his pastoral care, mental health

Jan 17, 2022 / 09:10 am

Father Peter Williams says the Diocese of Burlington is trying to remove him as pastor of his parish because he will neither be tested regularly for COVID-19 nor be masked. He is asking his parishioners to testify on his behalf, because he says the diocese, and his family, are trying to prove that he is physically and mentally unfit for the job.

Use ‘preferred pronouns’ or else, university’s gender inclusion plan warns

Jan 16, 2022 / 04:00 am

The bishops of Fargo and Bismarck are speaking out against a proposed “gender inclusion” policy that would require everyone at the University of North Dakota — even visitors — to use preferred pronouns and affirm individuals’ chosen gender identities, or face the consequences.

Fort Wayne-South Bend priest will plead guilty to sex abuse charges 

Jan 7, 2022 / 14:30 pm

Father David Huneck, a former high school chaplain in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, has agreed to plead guilty Jan. 27 to two felony charges of child seduction and sexual battery after six allegations were brought against him for sexual crimes committed against both a 17 and a 19 year old girl.

Arlington priest who oversaw child protection office indicted for sex abuse

Dec 30, 2021 / 13:00 pm

The Diocese of Arlington’s former director for the Office of Child Protection, Father Terry Specht, was indicted last week on two charges of sexual abuse. 

Venerable Fulton Sheen on the meaning of Christmas

Dec 25, 2021 / 09:00 am

Venerable Fulton Sheen once said that in order to understand the meaning of Christmas, two philosophies of life must first be considered. 

FSSP priest pleads not guilty to federal child pornography charges

Dec 22, 2021 / 16:30 pm

Father James Jackson pleaded not guilty Dec. 21 to federal charges of distributing child pornography and possessing and accessing with intent to view child pornography.

UC-Irvine fires Catholic ethicist who filed 'natural immunity' challenge to COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Dec 22, 2021 / 04:00 am

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a Catholic psychiatrist and medical ethicist who is suing the University of California for denying him a natural immunity exemption from its COVID-19 vaccination mandate, has been fired from his medical school post.