Michael J. O’Loughlin is the national correspondent for America.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 08, 2018
The undocumented “remind us who we were called to be, not only as a nation of immigrants but as a people of faith.”
Pope Francis at the Western Wall in Jerusalem was one of the most-liked images on his Instagram account in 2017. (screen shot from franciscus account on Instagram)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Michael J. O’LoughlinDecember 29, 2017
Pope Francis has already attracted more than 40 million followers on Twitter, and he is quickly making a splash on Instagram as well.
Boston Cardinal Bernard F. Law bows his head as a victim of clergy sexual abuse begins to address the U.S. bishops in 2002 in Dallas (CNS photo by Bob Roller).
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinDecember 20, 2017
Cardinal O’Malley said the late cardinal “served at a time when the Church failed seriously in its responsibilities to provide pastoral care for her people.”
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.”