Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown

Jonah McKeown is a staff writer and podcast producer for Catholic News Agency. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has worked as a writer, as a producer for public radio, and as a videographer. He is based in St. Louis.

Articles by Jonah McKeown

Young podcaster emulates media priest Father Mike Schmitz with ‘Kid’s Bible in a Year’

May 6, 2023 / 04:00 am

Teddy Howell, 9, is the creator of a new podcast, launched March 12, that helps kids encounter the Lord in the Bible.

A guide to the Christian — and Catholic — symbolism in King Charles III’s coronation

May 5, 2023 / 10:00 am

As the new monarch of England is crowned, the ceremony’s many symbols and traditions are rooted in history.

Archbishop Coakley: Respond with love to those with gender dysphoria without compromising truth

May 4, 2023 / 08:00 am

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City in an interview this week called for responding to those experiencing gender dysphoria with empathy. 

Advocates for persecuted Christians in Nigeria question U.S. report that portrays Fulani as victims

May 2, 2023 / 07:25 am

Advocates for persecuted Christians in Nigeria are criticizing a new report prepared by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  

Assisted suicide in the United States: Where is it legal?

Apr 29, 2023 / 09:00 am

While euthanasia is still illegal in the U.S., 10 states now allow assisted suicide, and at least a dozen are currently considering legislation to legalize it.

Vatican preparing text for divorced and remarried couples, Cardinal Farrell says

Apr 25, 2023 / 15:50 pm

The Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life will prepare the text at the request of Pope Francis.

Lay ministry must be done in service to others and not become ‘self-referential,’ Pope Francis says

Apr 25, 2023 / 14:50 pm

Pope Francis emphasized the importance of lay ministers working in service to others rather than as a way to inflate their egos. 

Cracks appear in U.S. pro-life movement over Pavone’s leadership

Apr 25, 2023 / 05:30 am

Former members of Frank Pavone’s own organization and other leaders in the wider pro-life community have sought to distance themselves from him.

Bishops condemn Florida’s dropping of unanimous jury requirement for death penalty cases

Apr 24, 2023 / 13:45 pm

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill April 20 allowing prisoners in the state to be sentenced to death without a unanimous jury verdict.

Mississippi to implement new pro-family measures after governor signs bills

Apr 20, 2023 / 13:20 pm

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves this week signed into law several pieces of pro-life and pro-family legislation. 

Mother Angelica’s early years: a religious awakening born in the streets of Canton

Apr 20, 2023 / 11:18 am

In honor of Mother Angelica’s 100th birthday, we look at her life growing as the only child of a single mother in Canton, Ohio.

Minneapolis becomes first large U.S. city to allow Islamic prayer calls over speakers

Apr 18, 2023 / 15:00 pm

The mayor of Minneapolis on Monday signed into law a new ordinance allowing the Islamic call to prayer, or adhan, to be broadcast on loudspeakers. 

Washington state House passes bill to allow hiding minors’ gender transitions from parents 

Apr 17, 2023 / 13:30 pm

A bill under consideration in Washington state would allow licensed youth shelters to withhold information from parents about gender transition. 

Miami archbishop says Florida immigration bill criminalizes ‘empathy’ toward the undocumented

Apr 14, 2023 / 12:45 pm

A representative of all eight of Florida’s bishops testified against the bill last month, saying that such a law would have far-reaching negative consequences.

‘No one is to be treated as subhuman’: Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz dies at age 103

Apr 13, 2023 / 12:30 pm

Ben Ferencz secured the convictions of 22 Nazis for the murder of 1 million Jews during World War II. He spent the rest of his life advocating for human rights.

Oklahoma board rejects initial proposal for Catholic charter school

Apr 12, 2023 / 15:30 pm

A statewide board in Oklahoma voted Tuesday to reject a proposal brought by the Oklahoma Catholic Conference to create a virtual, religious charter school. 

Louisville archbishop prays for victims of Easter Monday shooting

Apr 11, 2023 / 13:45 pm

“Even with our Easter hope so recently renewed, we have been quickly reminded that we still live in the shadow of the cross, the cross of senseless violence,” he said.

Ukraine faults Vatican for ‘equating victim and aggressor’ during Way of the Cross

Apr 10, 2023 / 13:30 pm

A Ukraine foreign ministry spokesman criticized a Vatican decision to have the words of two young people from Ukraine and Russia read Good Friday.

St. Louis Catholics petition archbishop to halt diocese-wide parish merger plan

Apr 9, 2023 / 12:00 pm

A group of over 3,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis hopes to stave off the merger of numerous parishes in the coming years.

Wikipedia had the wrong Vatican City flag for years. Now incorrect flags are everywhere

Apr 8, 2023 / 13:00 pm

Imagine many people’s surprise to discover that the image of the “Flag of Vatican City” displayed on Wikipedia has been wrong several times over the years.