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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.

Pope Francis leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 26, 2017
Speaking at the United Nations, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, said the “world is awash” with weapons.
A woman holds up a sign during a rally against assisted suicide in 2016 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. (CNS photo/Art Babych)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 21, 2017
The American College of Physicians called for better promotion of palliative and hospice care, which opponents of physician-assisted suicide say are underutilized areas of medicine that could address concerns of patients facing difficult illnesses.
Pope Francis, seen here at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on June 28, has announced two significant reforms in recent weeks by releasing statements motu proprio. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Explainer
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 21, 2017
When a pope issues a document “motu proprio,” it means he does so by his own motivation, and it can mean a significant change to church law.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 16, 2017
Due to “increasing negative feedback from various social media sites, the decision was made to withdraw the invitation extended to Father Martin.”
Hillary Clinton at the 71st annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, Oct. 20, 2016 (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz).
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 14, 2017
Mrs. Clinton writes that a TED Talk given by Pope Francis earlier this year helped her move beyond anger following her unexpected loss to Donald Trump.
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 09, 2017
Cardinal Cupich said the pope is making clear that Vatican II documents are authoritative and permanent.
 (CNS photos: Bob Roller, Joshua Roberts, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 07, 2017
Mr. Bannon said he believes the Catholic Church has been “terrible” to Mr. Trump on the issue of immigration.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, seen here at a San Francisco appearance on Aug. 29, was one of three Democrats who questioned judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett about her Catholic beliefs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 07, 2017
Three Democratic senators had pointed questions about the Catholic faith of judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 07, 2017
Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon believes the Catholic Church has been “terrible” to Mr. Trump on the issue of immigration, accusing bishops of supporting immigrants out of “economic interest.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 06, 2017
Back in 1991, close to nine in 10 Catholics in the United States were white. Today, that number is down to 55 percent—and that percentage will continue to drop.