Megan Sweas is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. She writes about social and economic justice issues and world religions and is author of the forthcoming book, Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools are Transforming Urban Education (HarperOne). She previously was an editor at U.S. Catholic magazine.

Sweas was an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California, 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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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.

How to treat unaccompanied immigrant children at center of policy debate

The debate of whether children who crossed the U.S. border alone pose a humanitarian crisis or an immigration challenge shapes the U.S. response.