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Kevin Clarke is America’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press).
Politics & SocietyExplainer
Kevin Clarke
The pope calls his three T’s—"Tierra, techo, trabajo"—sacred rights.
People pray during a Catholic service outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong as they protest the extradition bill with China June 11, 2019. (CNS photo/Thomas Peter, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Dialogue is always preferable to confrontation, Cardinal Dolan said. ”[But] my gut also tells me that you can’t negotiate with these people. It could be extraordinarily counterproductive.”
Suspected gang members are presented to the media in San Salvador, El Salvador, in November 2020. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
El Salvador’s contemporary death squads do not engage in political liquidation. Their targets have largely been criminal suspects or innocent bystanders caught up in the violence.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Thousands of Haitian migrants have been arriving to Del Rio, Texas, as authorities attempt to close the border to stop the flow of migrants. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
Politics & SocietyNews Analysis
Kevin Clarke
With the likelihood that migration to the U.S. border will only increase in the near term, U.S. officials need to shore up existing structures and create new ones.
Pope Francis named Salesian Sister Alessandra Smerilli as undersecretary for faith and development at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Sister Smerilli is pictured meeting the pope at the Vatican in an undated photo. (CNS photo/Vatican Media, courtesy Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)
FaithDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Increasing the visibility of women and tapping the wisdom they offer will surely encourage laypeople around the world. Religious sisters and nuns were ranked more trustworthy than bishops, priests and the Vatican in a recent survey of U.S. Catholics sponsored by America.
In this Sept. 1, 2021, file photo Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during a briefing with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
America’s top military chief was scorched by right-wing media outlets after book excerpts depicted a series of pre-emptive moves, not to protect the nation from a new terrorist threat but to save it from its outgoing president.
Felician Sisters Marilyn Minter and Inga Borko treat a young patient in Jacmel. Photo courtesy of the Felician Sisters of North America
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
To outsiders, the situation can appear completely beyond repair, but that is not the reality Sister Marilyn has come to know in Jacmel. “People need to hear that Haitians are survivors,” she said. “They are people of hope.”
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addresses the media as he arrives on the first day of the European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2021. Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with Orbán Sept. 12 after celebrating the final Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress. (CNS photo/John Thys, Reuters pool)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
In his meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Pope Francis is not as likely to celebrate the Hungary-first tendencies of Mr. Orban and his ruling Fidesz Party.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
“I know that I live in safety. I know that I don’t have to worry about being kidnapped, being hurt; I don’t have to worry about being hit by an I.E.D.” Ahmad wishes that same security for his family and the people of Afghanistan.
Faithful in Miami sing during Mass at St. Mary Cathedral on the feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, 2021. (CNS photo/Marlene Quaroni, Florida Catholic)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
At some parishes a battle line has been drawn between parishioners willing to mask up again and those who perceive masks as unnecessary, ineffective or, at worst, a violation of their freedom.