Megan Sweas is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. She writes about social and economic justice issues and world religions and is the author of Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools are Transforming Urban Education (HarperOne, 2014). She is an editor at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture based at University of Southern California. She previously was an editor at U.S. Catholic magazine. Sweas was an Annenberg Fellow at the USC, where she earned a master's degree in specialized journalism. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


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Voices of women and people of color must be part of Catholic social teaching discussion

Commentary: If Catholic social teaching is to be a starting place for a conversation about how we shape our country, I have to ask who is part of that conversation.


Cristo Rey system embodies Francis' vision

The Vatican and ABC News orchestrated a virtual audience with the pope for places that he wouldn't be visiting. One was Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago.

Migrants find welcome with Italian church

In the summer of 2013, beachgoers in Sicily found a boat full of migrants that had crashed. As news spread, one group knew what to do.

Italian convents act as safe houses in trafficking portal

The girl was waiting at the sisters' gate one morning in August.

Before her 18th birthday, Elizabeth had already traveled across the Sahara and the Mediterranean on her way from Nigeria to Europe and spent six months in a brothel in Denmark. She was being prepared to start working on the streets of Italy when she found her way to Casa Rut, a safe house for trafficking victims.