Michael O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America and author of  The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 CharactersHe is based in Chicago.

Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinDecember 15, 2017
Four presidents of Catholic colleges received compensation packages each worth more than one million dollars in 2015.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinDecember 14, 2017
A spokesman for the archdiocese described the meeting as “personal” in nature and aimed at “renewing a friendship that goes back 15 years or so.”
President Donald Trump waves to supporters during a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinDecember 12, 2017
Fewer Americans believe in the biblical Christmas story and a growing number are opting not to attend church services.
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Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinDecember 11, 2017
A federal judge wrote that it is unlikely church officials would be able to prove that their constitutional rights were being violated.
The comedian Cameron Esposito tweeted this photo of a Nativity scene with two Josephs. (@cameronesposito)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinDecember 08, 2017
Several manger scenes in the United States and worldwide are being criticized for trying to make political points.
The Washington, D.C., transit agency cites rules against what it calls the  “promotion” of religion on its buses, (iStock/RiverNorthPhotography)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 28, 2017
The Washington Metro cited its guidelines against religious ads in preventing the image of a group of shepherds from running on city buses.
Margarita Rodriguez holds a flashlight as she quizzes her 11-year-old daughter Isel Martinez on homework outside their home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 25. Most of Puerto Rico has been without power and water for more than one month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island (CNS photo/Bob Roller).
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 27, 2017
“Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Cupich to express his deep concern, as a father would have for his sons and daughters suffering in his family.”
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago speaks Nov. 13 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 17, 2017
Cardinal Bernardin’s consistent ethic of life could be helpful as the church grapples with issues like migration, health care and even taxes, some bishops say.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to boxes of petitions supporting the Republican tax reform bill that is set for a vote later this week as he arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 15, 2017
“No tax reform proposal is acceptable that increases taxes for those living in poverty to help pay for benefits for wealthy citizens.”
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Arts & Culture Books
Michael J. O’LoughlinNovember 15, 2017
When it comes to defining what makes Catholicism hipster, a new book argues that being Catholic is hipster in itself.