Midwest (U.S.)

Anita's Tortilleria, a restaurant and gas station on the south side of Fremont, Neb., is one sign of the growing diversity in many American small towns. (Nathan Beacom)
Nathan Beacom September 18, 2020
As rural America becomes more diverse, it faces many of the problems associated with big cities, writes Nathan Beacom. The urban-rural divide in our politics does not reflect reality.
In the Ohio and Upper Mississippi river basins, 10 million metric tons of commercial fertilizer is applied each year, and much of it ends up in our waterways. (iStock/filmfoto)
Nathan Beacom May 28, 2020
In “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis called drinkable water a human right. But as Nathan Beacom writes, our methods of farming and raising livestock are degrading our soil and polluting our waterways.
Photo courtesy Catholic Charities of Chicago
Michael J. O’Loughlin April 29, 2020
Sally Blount will lead the agency during a time of economic turmoil that some economists predict could rival the Great Depression.
In their "ad limina" visit with the pope, the bishops from Ohio and Michigan discussed a wide variety of topics, including the sex abuse crisis and how that impacts the work of priests.
Matt Malone, S.J. December 02, 2019
The day after introducing Pope Francis’ address to Congress in 2015, John Boehner stepped down as House speaker. America editor Matt Malone, S.J., talks to Mr. Boehner about the state of U.S. politics, then and now.
David Clay August 28, 2019
Worsening economic prospects are related to a decline in church attendance by the white working class, writes an associate pastor from St. Louis. Too often they leave church feeling judged and unwanted.