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Kevin Clarke is America’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press).
The United States remains the world’s top spender on defense, but it has reduced its commitment to peace-building initiatives. (iStock/guvendemir)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
A new report says that military budgets continue to spiral upward, but global spending on peace initiatives is already low and is further endangered by domestic politics.
A woman is rescued by aid workers of Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms in the Central Mediterranean Sea on Dec. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
The U.N.’s International Organization for Migration reports that for the fifth consecutive year more than 4,500 people are believed to have died or gone missing on migration routes around the world in 2018.
The badly damaged church of Mar Behnam and Mart Sarah awaits repairs in Baghdeda (Qaraqosh), Iraq. In the foreground is the church's collapsed bell tower, demolished by Daesh, as ISIS is known here, during its retreat from the city. Photo by Kevin Clarke.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
The Christian community in Iraq has been decimated by decades of conflict, persecution and disorder, culminating in the unbelievable savagery of ISIS. After two millennia in Iraq, the Christian population has reduced to a vanishing point, raising concerns around the world about the viability of this ancient community.
FaithDispatches
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The nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting reported earlier this week that at least 20 Jesuits who had been credibly accused of abuse against minors were housed at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., until 2016.
Pope Francis leads an audience at the Vatican on Nov. 30. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)
FaithNews Analysis
Kevin Clarke
The pope’s comments have provoked consternation among previous admirers, who worry that he is walking back the more pastoral approach to L.G.B.T. Catholics that has been his hallmark, and rejoicing among some of his usual critics, who complain that his persistent emphasis on mercy can sometimes break church doctrine.
Cardinal DanielDiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, listens to a question on Nov. 12 during the fall general assembly of the USCCB in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) 
FaithDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Presuming the bad press in Texas will continue, can Cardinal DiNardo continue to credibly lead the U.S. bishops as the conference seeks a way out of the abuse crisis?
A landmarked PepsiCola sign stands in Long Island City near the site for a proposed Amazon headquarters in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. The sign previously was part of a former bottling plant nearby. City and state officials promised at least $2.8 billion in tax credits and grants to lure Amazon to Queens, where it would occupy a new campus built around a formerly industrial boat basin. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
The impending arrival of e-retail behemoth Amazon on East River shores has one L.I.C. resident yearning for real community and contemplating the next New York City ZIP code he will inhabit.
U.N. peacekeepers on a joint patrol with members of the reconstituted Central African Armed Forces in Bangassou, Central African Republic, in August. (UN Photo/Herve Serefio)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
More than 40 people were massacred on Nov. 15 during a guerrilla attack on the Cathedral of Alindao and an adjoining compound.
Arts & CultureBooks
Kevin Clarke
Bob Woodward offers a grim portrait of a presidential administration that seems increasingly unhinged.
Victor-Luke Odhiambo, S.J.
Politics & SocietyNews
Kevin Clarke
The Eastern Africa Province of the Jesuits confirmed the death of Victor-Luke Odhiambo, S.J., “with deep sadness and shock” in an announcement published on its Facebook account.