Dispatches

Arts & Culture Dispatches
Judith ValenteMay 18, 2017
The women of the Redbird Writers Guild shared a common belief that writing with faithful trust can lead to transformation—their own and ultimately that of their readers.
Saffron Edwards, 15, holds up a rainbow-colored umbrella during a student walkout at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Students, alumni and supporters were protesting the school’s decision not to hire a gay teacher in April 2015. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Michael Zamora)
Faith Dispatches
Despite shifting views among average Catholics, advocates for L.G.B.T. people say the church can still feel unwelcoming. Church teaching that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” has not changed.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Wyatt MasseyMay 17, 2017
“They could bring nearly 12 million people out of the shadows, if they wanted to,” Cardinal Tobin said. “This isn’t about border security. It’s about being attentive to the reality of people who are already in our communities.”
Demonstrators in San Juan last June protest against creditors trying to take control of the island nation's assets. (CNS photo/Thais Llorca, EPA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Tim PadgettMay 16, 2017
“Puerto Rico’s problem is that it’s an island of U.S. citizens who don’t have citizens’ rights—to vote in U.S. elections or have voting representatives in Congress.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista at the presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & Society Dispatches
The wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will have to manage an awkward relationship between the White House and the Vatican.
French President-elect Emmanuel Macron celebrates at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris May 7. (CNS photo/Christian Hartmann, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
The Macron-Le Pen face-off posed a singular challenge to any Catholic trying to make a faith-informed vote.