Dispatches

Protestors rally to support Temporary Protected Status near the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Politics & Society Dispatches
J.D. Long-GarcíaOctober 20, 2017
Around 200,000 Salvadorans and 57,000 Hondurans have been residing in the United States for more than 15 years under Temporary Protected Status. But that status is set to expire in early 2018.
Supporters of same-sex marriage in Ireland react to their victory in a May 23, 2015, national referendum. (CNS photo/Aidan Crawley, EPA) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 20, 2017
Some church leaders in Ireland say the World Meeting of Families, to be held next year in Dublin, should be open to all kinds of families, including gay couples.
Faith Dispatches
Joseph McAuleyOctober 20, 2017
Catholics are following the general public in a broader acceptance of cremation.
A neighborhood destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. The Diocese of Santa Rosa "has been hit hard" and "is in an ongoing state of uncertainty" because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa. (CNS photo/Jim Urquhart, Reuters)
Faith Dispatches
Jim McDermottOctober 19, 2017
Upward of 3,000 buildings have been destroyed just in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 people.
Workers march in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sept. South Africa's biggest union group held marches nationwide to protest what it alleges is chronic corruption fueled by President Jacob Zuma and a prominent family of businessmen, reflecting public anger over a scandal that has ensnared several international companies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.October 19, 2017
The bishops “urge constitutional experts and the law reform commission to guide the nation on the feasibility of establishing an anti-corruption court, with specialized prosecutors, that would ensure speedy and efficient disposal of corruption cases and financial crimes.”
Hong Kong residents hold a banner that reads: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.” The Occupy Central movement was initiated as an effort to force the Hong Kong and Chinese governments to allow true democracy in the city. (CNS photo/Francis Wong)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Verna YuOctober 17, 2017
“I believe it’s essential for some people to go to jail for the sake of democracy. It will in the end strengthen the movement.”