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

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

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. 

Catholic University of America: Unintentional abortion coverage for students wasn't used

Nov 22, 2021 / 14:51 pm

Although it has acknowledged that its student health plan unintentionally covered certain abortion services for the past three years, The Catholic University of America says that no abortion claims occurred during that time.

Catholic University says it wasn't aware student health plan covered abortion

Nov 19, 2021 / 15:00 pm

The Catholic University of America has acknowledged that its student health care plan has included coverage for certain abortion services for the past three years, a provision the school says it will discontinue after the policy was brought to light by a recent news report.

House passes Build Back Better; bishops raise religious liberty, abortion objections

Nov 19, 2021 / 12:08 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the Build Back Better Act Nov. 19, voting 220-213 to approve nearly $2 trillion in spending for a host of ambitious new domestic programs, including universal pre-kindergarten, increased child care subsidies, and initiatives aimed at shifting the country away from fossil fuels.

Alabama college students to host school’s first Eucharistic procession

Nov 18, 2021 / 10:30 am

The Catholic student center at the University of South Alabama in Mobile is set to host the school’s first ever Eucharistic procession the evening of Nov. 18. 

'No plea' entered on Providence priest’s behalf amid child pornography charges

Nov 15, 2021 / 10:58 am

A state district court judge on Monday entered “no plea” on behalf of Father James Jackson, FSSP, a Rhode Island-based priest who is facing child pornography charges.

Bishop Stowe ‘not in favor’ of Eucharistic document, but predicts it will pass

Nov 12, 2021 / 19:05 pm

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Ky. says he remains opposed to a draft document on the Eucharist the U.S. bishops will vote on next week, but he believes it will be adopted.

Military spouse 'virtual date night' video series launched on Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2021 / 13:00 pm

To coincide with Veterans Day, a marriage ministry has launched a free “virtual date night” video series specifically for military couples, providing mentoring and other resources to help spouses strengthen their bonds to one another, to their families and communities, and to God.