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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.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks on July 26,  on the first day of a special session on education funding at the state Capitol. (Justin Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 31, 2017
Proponents say the program will help to provide scholarships for 6,000 to 10,000 students in religious and other private schools statewide.
A demonstration in support of the DACA program took place in front of the White House on Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 30, 2017
Catholic leaders voice alarm that the president will end the DACA program protecting undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children.
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 29, 2017
Mr. Spicer, a Catholic, had expressed a desire to meet Pope Francis in May, but he was left off the list of U.S. officials who accompanied President Trump to the Vatican.
Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, speaks during a video news conference on Aug. 23 after being named chair of the U.S. bishops' new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 25, 2017
An ad hoc committee to deal with racism in society and in the church may lead to the first pastoral letter on racism written by U.S. bishops since 1979
Counterprotesters hold signs and chant at the Statehouse before a planned "Free Speech" rally by conservative organizers begin on the adjacent Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 23, 2017
“For too long, the sin of racism has lived and thrived in our communities and even in some of our churches.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 22, 2017
During an exchange with a nun at a town hall, the Republican leader of the House argued that government is ineffective in fighting poverty.
Displaced Iraqis rest amid rubble after fleeing fighting between Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces and Islamic State militants May 15 in Mosul. (CNS photo/Danish Siddiqui, Reuters)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 15, 2017
“Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
White nationalists carry torches on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 11 over a plan to remove the statue of a Confederate general from a city park (CNS photo/Alejandro Alvarez, News2Share via Reuters). 
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 14, 2017
A second statement from the U.S. bishops read: “We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 12, 2017
The U.S. bishops “stand with all who are oppressed by evil ideology.”
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinAugust 11, 2017
According to a new report, a large gap exists between the median salaries of administrative positions and pastoral positions.