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

Parish fundraises to repair vandalized Marian statue

Jun 3, 2021 / 16:00 pm

A parish in Queens, New York is raising funds to repair its statue of Mary, which was found knocked over and split in half on May 28.

NY bill would allow adult sex abuse victims to sue, beyond statute of limitations

May 28, 2021 / 13:15 pm

Those who were sexually abused as adults would be given a one-year window in which to sue perpetrators and institutions, even if the statute of limitations has expired, under a bill being considered in New York.

Toledo pro-life group purchases parking lot across from abortion clinic

May 27, 2021 / 15:03 pm

A pro life organization in Toledo, Ohio, purchased a parking lot across the street from a local abortion clinic in February, in anticipation of a local prohibition on sidewalk counseling.

From sin to scissors: the barber shop evangelist

May 19, 2021 / 10:31 am

Six days a week on busy Washington Street in Norwood, Massachusetts, barber Elias Elsayah can be found clipping hair and changing lives. 

Catholic author says new book on tradition asks widely-ignored questions

May 13, 2021 / 19:00 pm

A Catholic author says his new book on the “wisdom of tradition” is meant to be an antidote to a false notion of human freedom. 

Former Michigan school teacher donates $1.1 million to local Catholic schools

May 12, 2021 / 08:30 am

A former Catholic school teacher in Michigan donated $1.1 million to create an endowment for local Catholic schools, the Jackson Catholic Schools district announced on May 6. 

Christ statue at Massachusetts church vandalized

May 7, 2021 / 15:00 pm

During the night of May 2-3 a statue of Christ at a Massachusetts parish was decapitated.

Catholic bioethicist laments HHS removal of restrictions on fetal tissue research

May 6, 2021 / 21:01 pm

A Catholic bioethicist has repeated his objection to the Biden administration’s decision that the National Institutes of Health no longer needs an ethics board’s approval before awarding funding to researchers who will use fetal tissue obtained from elective abortions.

Cardinal virtues set the Catholic University Cardinals apart

May 6, 2021 / 03:01 am

College football is an intense competition that challenges young men to push their abilities to the limits. Catholic University of America Head Football Coach Mike Gutelius takes this challenge to a whole new level by training his players in philosophy.

Upcoming Courage conference to focus on St. Joseph

May 5, 2021 / 18:00 pm

The Catholic apostolate Courage International will be focusing its upcoming annual conference on St. Joseph, under the theme “St. Joseph: Model of Courageous Love.” 

Texas city votes to become the latest ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’

May 4, 2021 / 19:00 pm

Citizens in Lubbock, Texas voted this past weekend to declare the city a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” drawing praise from the diocese’s bishop.

Atlanta archdiocese to end Sunday Mass dispensation

Apr 30, 2021 / 10:00 am

The archdiocese of Atlanta announced an end date to the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. While a narrower exemption for at-risk groups will remain, the broad dispensation will expire on May 22, 2021, the vigil of Pentecost.

Catholics respond to Washington Post article and tweet calling Biden a ‘very Catholic president’

Apr 29, 2021 / 21:29 pm

Prominent Catholics are passionately responding to a recent Washington Post tweet which said “A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic bishops is colliding with a very Catholic president who supports abortion rights."

Catholic dioceses appeal to Supreme Court for protection against New York’s abortion coverage mandate

Apr 27, 2021 / 13:00 pm

The dioceses of Albany and Ogdensburg and other Catholic and Christian ministries last week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case against New York’s abortion coverage mandate. 

Two parishes in the Sacramento diocese vandalized 

Apr 27, 2021 / 10:15 am

Two parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento suffered similar acts of vandalism in the past two weeks. 

Names of accused Rochester priests will not be blocked

Apr 22, 2021 / 18:00 pm

A federal judge has said the names of priests accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester cannot be kept confidential during the diocese’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Quebec court upholds much of law barring religious symbols for public employees

Apr 21, 2021 / 19:01 pm

A Canadian court upheld this week part of a Quebec law that bans government employees from wearing religious symbols at work. 

Humanist group strips Richard Dawkins of award for questioning gender theory

Apr 20, 2021 / 17:19 pm

The American Humanist Association on Monday withdrew an award from Richard Dawkins for his position against gender theory. 

Pro-abortion billboard campaign in Kentucky draws pro-life response

Apr 17, 2021 / 17:03 pm

“The Catholic Church has a deep and cherished commitment to give voice to the child in the womb and to support mothers in choosing life for their unborn children.”

Virtual discernment program helps Boston men explore priesthood

Apr 16, 2021 / 02:18 am

This past week, the Archdiocese of Boston released its new vocation discernment initiative, Scivias, designed to bring vocational guidance to a COVID-19 online world.