Dispatches

Michael J. O’Loughlin January 20, 2021
Hours before his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden, his family, friends and congressional leaders of both parties gathered for Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
Kevin Christopher Robles January 19, 2021
In 2015, Father Leo O’Donovan presided over the funeral Mass for Beau Biden following his death from brain cancer. Tomorrow, he will deliver the invocation at Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Michael J. O’Loughlin January 15, 2021
With days left in President Trump’s term, Sister Susan Francois has followed through on her pledge to post a daily prayer, even if they have become a bit more assertive after the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol.
Demonstrators in in Terre Haute, Ind., gather to protest the execution of Lisa Montgomery on Jan. 12. She was put to death by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute soon after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a hold on her execution at 1:31 a.m. (EST). She was the first woman to be put to death in federal prison since 1953. (CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters)
Bill McCormick, S.J. January 13, 2021
The rush of federal executions was an “aberration” that does not reflect the great successes of the death penalty abolition movement in recent years.
Workers inside a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, pork processing plant wear protective gear and are separated by plastic partitions as they carve up meat. (Photo courtesy Smithfield Foods via AP)
Kevin Clarke January 13, 2021
 “Covid knows no boundaries or immigration status; it is an indiscriminate killer.”
Demonstrations in November were conducted all over Spain against the ‘Ley Celaá.’ Photo courtesy of Mas Plurales.
Bridget Ryder January 12, 2021
A new law threatens the viability of government-supported Catholic schools in Spain.