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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.

Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 22, 2017
Senate proposal could “wreak havoc on low-income families and struggling communities, and must not be supported,” the bishops said in a statement released on Thursday evening.  
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his Cuba policy July 16 at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana, a neighborhood of Miami. (CNS photo/Joe Skipper, Reuters) 
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 20, 2017
Just 38 percent of Catholics say they approve of the president.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, N.J., speaks June 14 of the opening day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual spring assembly in Indianapolis. (CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion)
Faith News
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 15, 2017
“The Affordable Care Act for all of its flaws was a movement in favor of comprehensive health care,” Bishop Robert McElroy said.
Syriac Bishop Barnaba Yousif Habash of Newark, N.J., speaks June 14 during the opening sesson of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual spring assembly in Indianapolis. (CNS photo/Natalie Hoefer, The Criterion)
Faith News
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 15, 2017
On the same day the bishops decided to establish a permanent committee on religious liberty, they agreed to extend the work of an ad hoc committee on immigration.
People participate in a protest on Feb. 11 against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy and the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in New York City. (CNS photo/Stephanie Keith, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 14, 2017
Catholic bishops pledged to be more proactive in laying out a vision for comprehensive immigration reform.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, center, speaks on June 14 during the opening of the bishops' annual spring assembly in Indianapolis. (CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 14, 2017
Live updates from Indianapolis as the bishops gather for their annual spring meeting.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, center, and other prelates applaud on Nov. 14 after an address by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, during the annual fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 13, 2017
Some of the issues on the bishops’ agenda—immigration and health care specifically—have already caused a great deal of tension between the White House and Catholic leaders.
The Rev. Kazimierz Bem greets worshippers leaving First Church in Marlborough, Mass., following an ecumenical prayer service on June 3 (Photo: First Church/Barbara Parente).
Faith News
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 09, 2017
“We know what our traditions, we know what our differences are, but we also know what unites us.”
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he speaks during the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast June 6 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 06, 2017
The vice president highlighted the administration's initiatives to promote religious freedom and protect human life.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O'LoughlinJune 02, 2017
Watch out Pope Francis, President Trump is coming for you—at least in terms of popularity on Twitter.