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

NCBC: Church teaching calls for respect of both common good and conscience with vaccine mandates

Aug 17, 2021 / 10:28 am

The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Tuesday recalled that its guidance on vaccination against the coronavirus is drawn from the full range of Church teaching on the common good, conscience, and charity.

NY bishop hopes Child Victims Act deadline will close a ‘painful and sordid chapter’

Aug 16, 2021 / 14:04 pm

At the close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo said he hopes the process will bring “closure and healing” to those abused by clerics.

‘Dereliction of its duty’: US bishops rebuke Biden administration for dropping conscience rights lawsuit

Aug 12, 2021 / 17:03 pm

The U.S. bishops on Thursday criticized the Biden administration for dropping a conscience rights lawsuit.

USCCB ‘grateful’ for passage of infrastructure bill, urges no funding of abortions

Aug 12, 2021 / 08:30 am

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Tuesday offered some praise of the U.S. Senate’s passage of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, while critiquing one provision and warning against any funding of abortion. 

Catholic seminaries requiring vaccines, with exemptions, for fall semester

Aug 11, 2021 / 12:03 pm

Catholic seminaries in the northeast are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for their seminarians before the coming semester begins. 

Citing local COVID surge, Dallas diocese prolongs dispensation from Sunday obligation

Aug 11, 2021 / 11:10 am

The Diocese of Dallas announced this week that it is extending a dispensation from the Sunday obligation for Catholics, due to the local spread of the coronavirus. 

Hollywood director, Catholic internet host take on Eucharist miracles movie

Aug 9, 2021 / 15:30 pm

A longtime Hollywood artist has teamed up with a Catholic YouTube host to create a live-action film on Eucharistic miracles. 

Louisiana governor again calls for prayer, fasting amid coronavirus

Aug 9, 2021 / 12:17 pm

Calls for prayer and fasting have once again sounded from the Louisiana Governor’s office as Covid-19 continues to endanger lives in the state. 

Former Buffalo seminary professor pleads guilty to stalking investigative reporter

Aug 5, 2021 / 13:32 pm

A former New York seminary professor pleaded guilty this week to charges of stalking a local news reporter, after a criminal complaint accused him of making a death threat and other threats over the phone. 

Sydney McLaughlin wins gold and her Catholic high school goes wild

Aug 4, 2021 / 17:01 pm

Students and staff at Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey cheered on Tuesday night as alumna sprinter Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record at the Tokyo Olympics en route to her first gold medal. 

Archbishop Cordileone named prior of historic order of Catholic knights  

Aug 3, 2021 / 13:05 pm

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was recently named the new prior of a historic order of knighthood.

Catholic exorcist says Converse pentagram shoes ‘create a fascination with evil’

Aug 3, 2021 / 10:32 am

Fr. Vincent Lampert, a Catholic exorcist, said that a recently-unveiled Converse shoe with a pentagram design could lead to a fascination with the occult.

'Go, Syd, Go!': Catholic high school ready to cheer on Sydney McLaughlin at Tokyo Olympics

Aug 2, 2021 / 17:13 pm

Track star Sydney McLaughlin, the pride of New Jersey's Union Catholic Regional High School, says her goal is "to glorify [God] in everything that I do, and to be more like him every single day when I wake up." She competes in the 400-meter hurdles on Aug. 3.

Archbishop Cordileone schedules monthly Traditional Latin Mass at cathedral

Aug 2, 2021 / 17:01 pm

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has instituted a monthly Traditional Latin Mass at San Francisco’s Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, and has been leading the faithful in a Litany of Reparations for abuses against the Eucharist.

Knights of Columbus fundraise to replace vandalized statues at NYC parish

Jul 30, 2021 / 11:33 am

A Knights of Columbus fundraiser for the replacement of vandalized statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Therese of Lisieux at a New York City church has raised over $21,000 as of Friday, July 30. 

Two weeks after Pope Francis' Traditional Latin Mass restrictions, US bishops continue to respond

Jul 30, 2021 / 10:15 am

Two weeks after Pope Francis issued his motu proprio restricting the use of traditional liturgies, bishops throughout the United States have continued to address the impact the letter will have on their respective dioceses.

Priests of Buffalo diocese continue to face sex abuse accusations

Jul 29, 2021 / 14:52 pm

Since June more than 90 sex abuse lawsuits involving the Diocese of Buffalo have been filed under New York’s Child Victims Act.

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexual assault of a minor

Jul 29, 2021 / 12:11 pm

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has reportedly been charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy, a crime alleged to have occurred in the 1970s. 

A ‘true living medieval experience’: Catholic University students replicate Notre Dame cathedral architecture

Jul 28, 2021 / 15:03 pm

Students and professors at the Catholic University of America (CUA) are building a full-scale truss replicating that which was destroyed in a 2019 fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 

Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela calls Holy Year ‘a time of grace and encounter’

Jul 28, 2021 / 09:05 am

The Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela emphasized the graces of the current Jubilee Year at the shrine of St. James the Apostle, in a homily on Sunday, the saint’s feast day.