Airstrikes target Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City on July 11 a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" in Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJuly 13, 2017
Many have simply walked from the city to the desert camps, a distance of 20 to 30 kilometers, says Mr. El-Mahdi. Now they confront hunger, thirst and the desert’s unforgiving sun. “The summer heat is brutal.”
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.
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.”
Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, is among five new cardinals to be created by Pope Francis at a June 28 Vatican consistory. (CNS photo/Nicolas Remene, EPA) 
Faith Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJune 15, 2017
Pope Francis will create five new cardinals at a consistory in Rome scheduled for June 28.
A mother cradles her baby May 30 at the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Arua, Uganda, where thousands from war-ravaged South Sudan have fled in search of shelter and safety. (CNS photo/Helen Manson, U.S. Embassy in Uganda)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJune 14, 2017
United Nations sources report that as many as 30 million are threatened by hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen—and 20 million “are at immediate risk.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, following after a Republican policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 25, 2017
Congress is asking the nation to make “immoral choices,” said Sister Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association.
Politics & Society Features
Kevin ClarkeMay 23, 2017
Those serving the homeless and other marginalized communities are living the pope's vision of the church as a spiritual field hospital.
In this photo taken May 19, 2017, a GPO worker stacks copies of "Analytical Perspectives Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2018" onto a pallet at the U.S. Government Publishing Office's (GPO) plant in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Politics & Society News
Kevin ClarkeMay 22, 2017
The budget’s moral measure will be assessed by “how well it promotes the common good of all,” the bishops write.
Politics & Society News
Kevin ClarkeMay 11, 2017
“It’s hard for me to credit that the president is now vigorously acting in Hillary Clinton’s interest,” says Philip Lacovara.
President Donald Trump joins House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017, after the House pushed through a health care bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 05, 2017
U.S. bishops called on the Senate to strip out the harmful provisions of the bill when the chamber takes it up for consideration or essentially to start over on GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.