Kevin Clarke is America’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press).
Posters encouraging participation in the 2020 census in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 01, 2020
The U.S. census has long had trouble counting groups like young children, reports Kevin Clarke, and the coronavirus is likely to throw the accuracy of the data into deeper doubt.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeApril 23, 2020
“We cannot let this moment of pandemic, which calls us all to unity as God’s children, become the occasion for further prejudice, exclusion and injustice.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Kevin ClarkeApril 12, 2020
Pope Francis said in an Easter Sunday message that the coronavirus epidemic could also be an opportunity for affluent societies to re-evaluate patterns of consumption and exploitation.
A grandmother who has been part of a Catholic Relief Services' program for family nutrition shares her lunch with her youngest of seven grandchildren in the kitchen of the family home in Konjiko, Kenya, in May 2019. Lenten alms donated through the CRS Rice Bowl program support the agency's work in roughly 45 different countries. (CNS photo/Georgina Goodwin for Catholic Relief Services) 
Politics & Society News
Kevin ClarkeApril 06, 2020
While the Covid-19 pandemic provokes a series of unprecedented measures, other ongoing challenges to human life and dignity—drought, famine, armed conflict and poverty among them—are not offering a time-out from the suffering they inflict.
The science fair in December (photo courtesy of Xavier Micronesia).
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMarch 31, 2020
Father Baker, president of Xavier High School in Micronesia, knew how strongly the school featured in the lives of his students, but he was not prepared for the reaction after he called students together and shared the bad news that the school was ending early.
 A boy cries out for help as a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees, most of them Syrians, arrives at the Greek island of Lesbos, Oct. 30, 2015. Turkey and Greece are trading blame following the deaths of Syrian refugees trying to flee to Europe. (CNS photo/Giorgos Moutafis, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMarch 19, 2020
Conditions at overcrowded refugee camps in Greece have become desperate, and Turkey has revived threats to renege on an agreement with the European community and to open its border allowing refugees through to Europe.
Queues prepared for tourists at the Capitol Visitor Center before organized visits were shut down in Washington, on March 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Politics & Society News
Kevin ClarkeMarch 12, 2020
Archbishop Coakley asked legislators that special consideration be offered “those most vulnerable: the poor, the elderly, the homeless, those in prison or detention facilities, immigrants and refugees, and those with severe underlying health conditions.”
A procession on Nov. 12, 2017, commemorates the 28th anniversary of the Nov. 16, 1989, murder of six Jesuit priests in San Salvador, El Salvador. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeFebruary 21, 2020
The United States designates senior military officers as being directly responsible for the murders of six Jesuits and two others on the grounds of the University of Central America in 1989, a historic moment for justice in El Salvador.
Mission impossible? U.S. soldiers assigned load onto a Chinook helicopter to head out and execute missions across Afghanistan in January 2019. Photo courtesy Department of Defense/1st Lt. Verniccia Ford
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeFebruary 05, 2020
If there is a lasting lesson to emerge from the experience of the United States in Afghanistan, it could be one shared by Ms. Cusimano Love: “It’s much easier to start a war than it is to finish it,” she said. “It’s much easier to get in than it is to achieve objectives by force.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeJanuary 28, 2020
Pro-life Democrats “probably” support “90 percent of the policies that our party stands for, but we can’t continue to support a party that gets more and more extreme on abortion and ignores human rights in the womb.”