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

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.

Catholic University president apologizes for 'needless controversy' of twice-stolen icon

Dec 20, 2021 / 12:38 pm

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, has apologized for the school's display of an icon some say depicts George Floyd as Jesus, saying the twice-stolen image has created “needless controversy and confusion.”

Second 'George Floyd' Christ was stolen from Catholic University

Dec 17, 2021 / 16:00 pm

A second pieta displayed at the Catholic University of America’s law school that some see as depicting George Floyd in the place of Jesus was stolen the afternoon of Dec. 5.

Pew survey: Half of U.S. Catholics pray every day, and the number is dropping

Dec 16, 2021 / 17:44 pm

A new survey of U.S. adults found that 51% of Catholics pray every day, a drop of 8 percentage points from 2014. Meanwhile, the portion of Americans with no religious affiliation continues to rise.

There's still time to see 'The Chosen' Christmas special in theaters (but you better hurry)

Dec 15, 2021 / 13:30 pm

Dallas Jenkins, the creator and director of "The Chosen," an internet series about the life of Jesus, talks to CNA about the show's Christmas special, which has a brief run in movie theaters.

After disclosing he hasn't received COVID-19 jab, Cordileone supports pastor who asked him to postpone visit

Dec 15, 2021 / 09:29 am

Citing the concerns of parishioners, a San Francisco pastor asked Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who recently revealed that he has not received a COVID-19 vaccination, to reschedule a Dec. 19 pastoral visit.

New York, Boston archdioceses: Mask up at holiday Masses

Dec 13, 2021 / 16:26 pm

Citing a spike in COVID-19 cases and a “likely increase” in cases during the holiday season, the Archdiocese of Boston is reimplementing its mask mandate from Dec. 18 to Jan. 17, 2022. Meanwhile, the archdiocese of New York has directed parishioners to follow the statewide mask mandate recently implemented by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

NY archdiocese waiting to respond to city's private school worker vaccine mandate

Dec 8, 2021 / 17:05 pm

The Archdiocese of New York is awaiting formal notification of the city’s mandate that private school teachers be vaccinated against COVID-19 before determining its response to the directive.

5 facts to know about the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2021 / 10:37 am

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Located in Washington D.C., the Minor basilica is one of the ten largest churches in the world. Here are 5 facts you should know about this incredible Catholic landmark.

Knights of Columbus release St Joseph documentary online

Dec 8, 2021 / 06:01 am

Inspired by Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of St. Joseph, the Knights of Columbus released a documentary on the Head of the Holy Family, which can now be accessed for free on their website.

WATCH: Students at Catholic college target pro-life talk with obscenity-laced protest

Dec 7, 2021 / 12:10 pm

The University of San Diego will not say if any students who shouted obscenities and displayed vulgar signs during a recent pro-choice demonstration on the Catholic college’s campus will be disciplined.

Workers in NYC face COVID vaccine mandate, causing 'worry' at some Catholic schools

Dec 6, 2021 / 17:18 pm

Catholic and other private school employees in New York City are speaking out against a city mandate that they been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Report: Hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits filed against New Jersey Catholic priests during 2-year window

Dec 3, 2021 / 21:30 pm

At least 820 sex abuse lawsuits have been filed against New Jersey’s Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the past two years — including some 180 in the past month alone, according to an analysis by news outlet NorthJersey.com.

Detroit archbishop 'heartbroken' over Michigan school shooting

Dec 1, 2021 / 14:16 pm

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit said he was “heartbroken” on Tuesday after hearing of the “horrific tragedy” of school shooting outside the city earlier in the day. 

New Loyola Marymount alumni petition targets use of preferred pronouns

Nov 30, 2021 / 14:05 pm

After learning that students at Loyola Marymount University were allegedly being required to include their preferred pronouns on class assignments and being given the option to change their name, an alumni-led group is petitioning the Los Angeles-area Catholic school to stop the “institutional commitment to gender ideology, and to renew LMU’s institutional commitment to Roman Catholicism.”

Painting at center of George Floyd controversy stolen from Catholic University

Nov 24, 2021 / 14:15 pm

A pieta painting displayed at The Catholic University of America’s law school that some see as depicting George Floyd in the place of Jesus was stolen Tuesday night, Nov. 23, the school announced.

Brisbane archbishop gives priests until Dec. 15 to be fully vaccinated

Nov 23, 2021 / 17:12 pm

The Australian Archdiocese of Brisbane has announced that all archdiocesan employees, including clergy, contractors and some volunteers, must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 15 in accord with the state’s mandate unless they have a medical exemption.