Dispatches

Mine workers sing during the commemoration ceremonies in Marikana, South Africa, on Aug. 16, 2017. Protestors complain that no one has been punished and conditions have not improved since Aug. 16, 2012, when police opened fire on workers demanding wage increases and better living conditions. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.August 29, 2017
Despite the fall of apartheid in 1994 and the reconciliatory tone set by the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, the demon of racism is very much alive here.
Claudio Montes checks a shipping manifest for U.S. manufactured parts heading to assembly plants in Mexico at Freight Dispatch Service Agency LTD in Pharr, Texas in June 2017. The freight service ships parts between the U.S. and Mexico that pass through the border freely due to the North American Free Trade Agreement. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenAugust 29, 2017
Nafta has been the world’s most valuable trade deal, and its consequences are more deeply felt in Mexico than in the United States or Canada.
A protester is taken away by police officers as a prison bus carrying Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong leaves the high court after his sentencing in Hong Kong on Aug. 17. A court overturned sentences that the prosecution said were too light and sent Wong and two other student leaders of huge pro-democracy protests in 2014 to prison. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Verna YuAugust 29, 2017
The sentences made the young activists Hong Kong’s first political prisoners under Chinese rule and prompted a massive street protest on Aug. 20.
Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, speaks during a video news conference on Aug. 23 after being named chair of the U.S. bishops' new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Faith Dispatches
An ad hoc committee to deal with racism in society and in the church may lead to the first pastoral letter on racism written by U.S. bishops since 1979
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O'ConnellAugust 24, 2017
The reform of the liturgy introduced by Vatican II is here to stay.
Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, and Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago greet asylum seekers at the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, on Aug. 15. (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Extension)
Faith Dispatches
Catholic News ServiceAugust 24, 2017
Cardinal Cupich of Chicago visited McAllen, Texas, to grant $100,000 for a new building to provide services for asylum seekers.