Dispatches

An 'Orange walk' in Belfast in 2011. (Wikimedia Commons from user Ardfern)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartJuly 12, 2017
When it proved necessary to negotiate with the D.U.P to secure their support in the House of Commons, the money tree was found and shaken and over £1 billion of public spending promised to the Six Counties of Northern Ireland.
A tapestry of new St. Teresa of Kolkata is seen as Pope Francis leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O'ConnellJuly 11, 2017
The pope is opening the way to recognize as saints those who act in ways they know will lead to their certain death.
Leaflets are seen on a delegates desk before a vote by the conference to adopt a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination, Friday, July 7, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Drew ChristiansenJuly 10, 2017
122 states—but none of the world’s nine nuclear powers—voted to ban the bomb.
South Korean army soldiers ride a K-1 tank during the annual exercise in Paju, South Korea near the border with North Korea on July 5. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delighted in the global furor created by his nation's first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, vowing to never abandon nuclear weapons and to keep sending Washington more "gift packages" of missile and atomic tests. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJuly 07, 2017
Father J. Bryan Hehir believes that even the expanding reach of North Korean missiles cannot morally justify a preventive strike by the United States at this time.
Left to right: Darlene Jeanlouis, Jesus Abrego, Joshua Danis, Mary Heinrich, Mary-Rose Verrett, Michael Laskey
Faith Dispatches
Kerry WeberJuly 03, 2017
Over 3,000 Catholic leaders gathered to encourage unity on the path to becoming “evangelizing disciples.”
A U.S. Capitol police SWAT team officer escorts members of Congress and congressional staff from the scene after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on June 14. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelJune 30, 2017
The sale of new fully automatic weapons has been banned since 1986, but there are an estimated 182,600 pre-1986 machine guns in the United States that may be bought and sold legally.