Kevin Clarke is America's chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press).
A truck travels along a dirt road near a grain farm in Hesper Township, Iowa. The 2018 farm bill was defeated on the floor of the House May 18. It could back for a second vote in late June, but Catholic and other rural life advocates see a need for improvements in the measure before then. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Kevin ClarkeJune 06, 2018
House Republicans will be returning to a fight over raising work requirements for the nation’s 43 million recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after a previous effort to pass the farm bill flamed out last month.
Nine-month-old Conner Walkenhorst and his mother, Jennifer Walkenhorst, visit in July 2017 with Dr. Nadeem Parkar and Dr. Wilson King, physicians instrumental in the creation of a three-dimensional model of Conner’s heart at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The model allowed for detailed planning of the baby’s successful heart transplant surgery. (Betsy Taylor/CHA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 18, 2018
Going to the margins to provide health services does not always earn Catholic hospitals praise; sometimes it provokes unfriendly scrutiny.
An elderly Palestinian man falls on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on May 14. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza's border with Israel, as Israel celebrates the inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 17, 2018
The willingness to rush the border fence despite the I.D.F.’s overwhelming firepower is a testimony to the despair of the people living in Gaza.
In this image made from video provided by Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone Friday, April 27, 2018. (Korea Broadcasting System via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 07, 2018
Developments on the Korean peninsula have inspired a degree of shock and awe in diplomatic circles.
Philippine activists hold banners to mark International Human Rights Day in Manila Dec. 10, 2017. (CNS photo/Mark R. Cristino, EPA)
Faith Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 04, 2018
In April scores have died in a series of attacks and assassinations in Mexico, the Philippines and Nigeria. Catholics at prayer during Mass have been targeted in a number of attacks.
Undocumented youth carry a banner March 1 as they walk to the U.S. Capitol in Washington to conclude their 250-mile Walk to Stay Home. Hondurans are pleading for extension of Temporary Protected Status, which the Department of Homeland Security was expecting to determine on May 4. (CNS photo/Shawn Thew, EPA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeMay 03, 2018
More than 200,000 Salvadorans, the largest T.P.S. community, “would be far too many people for the country to absorb,” said Archbishop Wenski, pointing out that the virtual control of entire communities by drug and extortion gangs mean that El Salvador remains a perilous place for many.
Supporters released balloons upon Alfie Evans’s death on April 28. (AP photo)
Politics & Society Features
Kevin ClarkeApril 26, 2018
End-of-life disputes can be complicated and nuanced and require a sober understanding of the underlying medical technicalities and ethical concerns.
Ivette Escobar, a student at Central American University in San Salvador, helps finish a rug in honor of the victims in the 1989 murder of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter on the UCA campus, part of the 25th anniversary commemoration of the Jesuit martyrs in 2014. (CNS photo/Edgardo Ayala) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeApril 20, 2018
A human rights attorney in the United States believes that the upcoming canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero in October has been a factor in a decision to revisit the 1989 Jesuit massacre at the University of Central America.
Students who walked out of classes from Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland protest against gun violence in front of the White House on Feb. 21 in Washington. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)
Politics & Society News Analysis
Kevin ClarkeFebruary 23, 2018
The desire for stronger gun control may not translate into more caution with gun storage among owners of firearms.
Joe Zevuloni weeps in front of a cross placed in a park to commemorate the victims of the shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 16. At least 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 shooting. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters)
Politics & Society Short Take
Kevin ClarkeFebruary 16, 2018
This time the victims themselves are not having it. From the moment the first shots rang out, they captured the horror and broadcast it, forced the nation to confront it and talk about it.