Dispatches

A woman looks towards missing posters stuck on a phone box in front of the remains of Grenfell Tower in London on June 17, 2017. Police say it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block fire. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Politics & Society Dispatches
David StewartJune 30, 2017
That the Grenfell Tower fire happened in a poverty-stricken enclave of the richest of London’s boroughs quickly became an unavoidable symbol of how divided the united kingdoms have become. And it was not the terrorists who divided us.
Video clips show China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo lying on a bed receiving medical treatment at a hospital, left, and Liu saying wardens take good care of him, on a computer screens in Beijing on June 29. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Verna YuJune 29, 2017
If Mr. Liu’s health situation had been carefully monitored, as suggested by the authorities, it only raises more questions about why his illness had developed into late-stage cancer by the time he was put on medical parole, his friends and rights groups say.
Faith Dispatches
Some 160 bishops and 200 Catholic organizations will gather in Orlando to consider how the U.S. church can better promote the Gospel.
Pope Francis greets young refugees during a conference on families and adolescent education at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran on June 19. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJune 28, 2017
“This is a pretty broad exception to the ban,” David Robinson says, “and it does allow for legitimate entry into the United States for people who can pass the screening process, which is what we want.”
The rapid proliferation of air-conditioners to cope with the heat is itself a major contributor to global warming.(imaslev/iStock)
Politics & Society Dispatches

Most Americans say they have changed their behavior to help protect the environment—whether because they are heeding the warnings of Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’” or are alarmed by stories of severe weather and

Faith Dispatches
This is the 70th year the event has been held, modeled on similar blessings back in Portugal.