Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
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Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 11, 2018
With a smile on his face and his right arm raised in the air, Francis placed his two middle fingers in his palms and signed “I love you.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 09, 2018
President Donald Trump announced he is nominating D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, using a prime-time television address on Monday that will kick off a contentious battle in Washington over the replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy and the future of the court.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJuly 07, 2018
Father Michael Pfleger led protestors up the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago.
 Faith leaders pray at the main entrance to the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego June 23 during a march and rally in support of immigrant families who had been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. (CNS photo/David Maung, EPA)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 29, 2018
A group of bishops, including the head of the U.S. bishops conference, will visit the border early next week.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media on June 27 regarding the announcement that Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will retire at the end of July. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 28, 2018
Another Supreme Court nominee by President Trump could tilt the balance against the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Personal property such as these figurines of Our Lady of Guadalupe are considered "non-essential" and confiscated from detained migrants. (Courtesy of Tom Kiefer)
Arts & Culture Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 26, 2018
Photographer Tom Kiefer took a job at U.S. Customs and was horrified to discover personal items in the trash. He decided to show them to the world.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 11, 2018
“I hope to share ‘best practices’ from parishes that have successfully reached out to the L.G.B.T. Catholic community,” Father Martin told America.
Sister Teresa Maya, a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speak at the "Overcoming Polarization" conference at Georgetown University in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) 
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 08, 2018
A conference on “Overcoming Polarization Through Catholic Social Thought” focused on achieving civil discourse in the church and in U.S. society.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 07, 2018
Baltimore is not the first Catholic diocese in the United States to allow weddings outside of churches, but it is still very rare.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland, Maine, pictured in a 2012 photo (CNS photo/G regory L. Tracy, The Pilot). 
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinJune 01, 2018
“Our continuing participation could result in me advocating for two different, and even contradictory, positions,” Bishop Deeley wrote.