August 7, 2017

Vol.217 / No.3

August 7, 2017

Airstrikes target Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City on July 11 a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" in Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJuly 13, 2017

Many have simply walked from the city to the desert camps, a distance of 20 to 30 kilometers, says Mr. El-Mahdi. Now they confront hunger, thirst and the desert’s unforgiving sun. “The summer heat is brutal.”

Opposition members wave a Venezuelan flag outside a poll station during a symbolic referendum in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 16. Venezuela's opposition called for a massive turnout Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that's escalating tensions in a nation stricken by widespread shortages and more than 100 days of anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Tim PadgettJuly 17, 2017

Rome is urging Venezuela President Maduro and his Chavistas to hold the elections they are now blocking, release hundreds of political prisoners like Mr. López and restore the democratic separation of powers they have mowed down.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, touches the hands of people in Mexico through a border fence following Mass in Sunland Park, N.M., in this 2014 file photo. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Politics & Society Dispatches

“Our border community knows the reality of a broken immigration system."

Retired Bishop Gordon D. Bennett of Mandeville, Jamaica, poses for a photo with an attendees of the 12th National Black Catholic Congress on July 9 in Orlando. (CNS/courtesy Nancy Jo Davis, National Black Catholic Congress)
Faith Dispatches
Anna J. MarcheseJuly 28, 2017

The Catholic Church in the United States boasts 71 million members, 2.9 million of whom are black.

Politics & Society Features

Like so many others in the French capital region, I have the air of a foreigner.

Faith Features
Elizabeth BruenigJuly 25, 2017

Without quite knowing it, I had begun to rely on the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.

Art by Andrew Zbihlyj
Faith Faith in Focus
Mark SingelJuly 24, 2017

Having so often petitioned a gracious God for the blessing of mercy, how could I deny it to others?