Kevin Clarke is America’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press).
Signs made by Cook County Jail prisoners in Chicago plead for help April 7, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Jim Vondruska, Reuters)
Politics & Society News
Kevin ClarkeMay 21, 2020
Another near-invisible community similarly faces a serious and disproportionate threat from Covid-19; the people who live and work behind bars in the United States.
Migrant workers crowd outside a bus station in Ghaziabad, India, March 28, 2020, as they wait to board buses to return to their villages during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19. (CNS photo/Anushree Fadnavis, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 21, 2020
On March 25, hoping to suppress the spread of the coronavirus, India began the world’s largest lockdown, affecting 1.3 billion people. But the sudden move to close down all but essential services threw millions out of work and began a desperate exodus of migrant and day laborers out of the big
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 20, 2020
As much as 75 percent of Lebanon’s population is in need of emergency assistance.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 19, 2020
Health work during a pandemic can be dangerous and the thought of falling ill themselves cannot be too far from the minds of medical and sanitation teams. But thousands of other relief and development staff and volunteers will face many of the same risks and fears.
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.