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Michael O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America and author of  The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 CharactersHe is based in Chicago.

Faith News
May 19, 2017
The pope and the president have something of a history, but do not expect fireworks.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence addresses a July 16, 2016 news conference in New York where he was introduced as the vice presidential running mate of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters).
Politics & Society News
May 18, 2017
The protest is not designed to shut down conversation, but to prompt reflection on policies championed by Mr. Pence.
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
May 18, 2017
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.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista at the presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & Society Dispatches
May 15, 2017
The wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will have to manage an awkward relationship between the White House and the Vatican.
President Donald Trump at the White House, May 4 (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
May 12, 2017
In addition to a stop at the Vatican, the president’s first overseas trip will include stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, home to holy sites of Islam and Judaism.
U.S President Donald Trump with members of the Little Sisters of the Poor in the White House rose garden on May 4 (Photo by Olivier Douliery/ Abaca (Sipa via AP Images)
Politics & Society Dispatches
May 09, 2017
An executive order on religious liberty gave the impression of a church wanting to be left alone, but there is another role for Catholics.
Politics & Society News
May 04, 2017
One of Trump's orders instructs the Internal Revenue Service not to enforce a rule that bars churches from engaging in partisan politics.
Politics & Society News
May 03, 2017
“Most of those people—my family, extended family—are not pro-choice. You think I’m kicking them out of the Democratic Party?”
Pope Francis is presented with a football helmet by Michigan football team coach Jim Harbaugh during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Faith News
April 26, 2017
Coach Jim Harbaugh presented a custom Wolverines helmet and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers to Pope Francis.
In a video, His Holiness Pope Francis speaks at TED2017, April 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED
Faith News
April 26, 2017
Pope Francis asked all people to work toward a future that lifts up society’s most marginalized, including migrants, the sick, the unemployed and prisoners.