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

Mobile archbishop tests positive for COVID-19, reminds public to get vaccinated

Oct 6, 2021 / 13:10 pm

Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine, the Archdiocese of Mobile announced on Tuesday.

Knights of Columbus online exhibit explores baseball's Catholic history

Oct 5, 2021 / 13:01 pm

The Knights of Columbus are releasing a four part series presentation exploring the historical connection between the fraternal organization and America’s pastime, baseball. 

Cincinnati archdiocese implementing reorganization process of parish mergers

Oct 2, 2021 / 15:23 pm

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is implementing a multi-year parish reorganization process which will transform the its 208 parishes into 60 “families of parishes.”

Holy See asks Missouri governor to halt scheduled execution

Oct 2, 2021 / 11:19 am

The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christopher Pierre, asked the governor of Missouri on Monday to spare the life of Ernest Johnson, a man sentenced with the death penalty for murdering three people in the 1990s.

Catholic school students ask court permanently to bar Vermont from excluding them from tuition program

Oct 1, 2021 / 10:58 am

A religious freedom law firm has filed a motion in federal court asking a judge to make permanent a preliminary injunction which says Vermont cannot refuse to fund tuition for religious institutions that would otherwise qualify for the funding. 

Transgender students 'unknowingly' admitted to Catholic seminaries, archbishop warns

Sep 29, 2021 / 09:03 am

Bishops should consider requiring DNA tests or physical examinations to ensure that all seminarians are biological men, said Archbishop Jerome Listecki in a recent memo sent to the members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Archdiocese of Toronto requires regular testing for unvaccinated clergy, employees

Sep 27, 2021 / 16:23 pm

Clergy in the Archdiocese of Toronto who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination must show proof of a recent negative coronavirus test to their pastor "prior to or immediately upon entering parish offices, or presiding at religious services,” according to new rules that Thomas Cardinal Collins outlined last week.

Saint Joseph Summit begins Thursday

Sep 24, 2021 / 14:03 pm

A California-based ministry, with the support of the Diocese of Orange, is hosting a virtual four-day summit on St. Joseph beginning Sept. 30. The event will include more than 40 presenters teaching the spiritual importance of Jesus’ foster father. 

More companies speak out against Texas’ pro-life law

Sep 23, 2021 / 16:01 pm

Yelp, an online directory for food and businesses, is reportedly planning to “double match” employee contributions to pro-abortion groups opposing the new Texas Heartbeat Act, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Archbishop Cordileone calls abortion bill ‘child sacrifice,’ urges prayer and fasting

Sep 22, 2021 / 10:00 am

The Archbishop of San Francisco warned that an abortion bill to be voted on in Congress this week amounts to “child sacrifice.” He called on Catholics to pray and fast for the defeat of the bill. 

Diocese, former orphanage residents in Vermont differ in views of recovery process

Sep 21, 2021 / 17:05 pm

Some former residents of a long-closed Catholic orphanage in Vermont say they are dissatisfied with the local diocese’s response to their complaints of abuse, while the Diocese of Burlington maintains it has been transparent and helpful. 

Massachusetts bishop: Clergy can support individuals' own vaccine exemption requests

Sep 20, 2021 / 11:28 am

Bishop William Byrne of Springfield in Massachusetts said Tuesday that clerics in the diocese should support Catholics who themselves seek conscientious exemption from COVID-19 vaccine mandates by attesting to their baptism and practice of the faith.

NY governor vows to help Texas women have abortions in her state

Sep 16, 2021 / 15:00 pm

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday said that if women in Texas are seeking an abortion, she will help them find a way to her state. 

Paterson bishop: Vaccination exemption for clergy 'will be minimal'

Sep 15, 2021 / 17:32 pm

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson wrote to clerics of his diocese Tuesday to ‘strongly encourage’ their vaccination against COVID-19. Non-medical exemptions, he said, will be minimal, and there may be discussion of whether non-vaccinated priests ‘can remain in active ministry.”

Unvaccinated clergy in Lexington, Kentucky barred from ministering to the sick and homebound elderly

Sep 14, 2021 / 08:10 am

Priests of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may not minister to the sick and elderly who are homebound, Bishop John Stowe has directed. 

‘A willingness to start with ‘yes’’: How one Catholic school graduated its first student with Down syndrome

Sep 13, 2021 / 15:01 pm

Tears flowed down the faces of Abigail “Abby” Agudelo’s classmates, as earlier this year she became the first student with Down syndrome to graduate from St. Augustine’s School in Andover, Massachusetts. 

Providence bishop: Catholic congressman's abortion position 'terribly disappointing'

Sep 10, 2021 / 11:00 am

Bishop Tomas Tobin of Providence on Thursday lambasted a local congressman’s newspaper editorial which explains his support for federally codifying abortion rights, despite his Catholic faith and professed personal pro-life views.

Which corporations have come out against Texas' pro-life law?

Sep 9, 2021 / 10:30 am

Since Texas’ pro-life “heartbeat” law went into effect last week, some corporations responded by donating to pro-abortion groups or issuing statements in opposition. Meanwhile, other companies have remained silent.

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick makes first court appearance, pleads not guilty

Sep 3, 2021 / 07:48 am

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick pleaded ‘not guilty’ on Friday to several charges of sexual assault, while appearing for the first time in a Massachusetts court.

Bishop Barron: Election of atheist as Harvard chaplain president ‘complete and abject surrender’

Sep 1, 2021 / 18:00 pm

Bishop Barron said on Tuesday that the Harvard University chaplains made a “complete and abject surrender” by electing an atheist as the president of their association.