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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.

Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. She is pictured as her husband speaks at Peachtree Academy in Covington, Georgia, in this Feb. 29, 2012, file photo. (CNS photo/Erik S. Lesser, EPA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 16, 2017
23 senators voted against Ms. Gingrich’s confirmation, a departure from previous nominations that faced little opposition.
Young adults gathered in the Toronto studios of Salt + Light Catholic Media this week for a town hall meeting about the church. The event was hosted by Julian Paparella, left, Emilie Callan, Cardinal Kevin Farrell and the Rev. Thomas Rosica. (Courtesy: Salt + Light)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 13, 2017
Cardinal Farrell told Canadian young people: “Make a difference. Don’t let the world control you; don’t let it drag you down.”
Pope Francis gestures as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 11. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 11, 2017
Pope Francis and President Trump are now tied as Twitter’s most followed global leaders.
People pray during Mass Oct. 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church in San Diego (CNS photo/David Maung).
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 10, 2017
The U.S. bishops’ committee on marriage and family released the letter “Always Our Children” in 1997 as an attempt to encourage parents not to abandon their gay and lesbian children and to assure them of God’s love.
Pope Francis greets family members during an audience with participants in an international congress on protecting children in a digital world, at the Vatican Oct. 6. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith News
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 06, 2017
“Amoris Laetitia” has yet to resonate with many black Catholics in the United States.
A man carries containers filled with water from a tank truck in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Sept. 26 (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters). 
Politics & Society News
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 28, 2017
Catholic Extension’s gift is meant to ensure that the spiritual needs of those suffering can also be met.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, where he said President Donald Trump is still seeking a legislative solution to replace to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 28, 2017
Speaker Ryan will deliver the keynote address next month at the Al Smith dinner.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Michael J. O’LoughlinSeptember 27, 2017
Australian bishops’ group urges a rejection of same-sex marriage in a national referendum, but other church leaders tell voters to follow their consciences.
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.