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Paul Ryan. Public Domain / Rev. Patrick J. Conroy. Public Domain.

House chaplain rescinds resignation, Ryan agrees to let him stay

May 3, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

About two weeks after resigning, Chaplain of the House of Representatives Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. rescinded his resignation and... Read more

Lawmakers petition for rules keeping Title X funds away from abortion groups

May 3, 2018

Better rules are needed to ban Title X federal family planning funds to organizations that also perform abortions, members of... Read more

St. Joseph by Guido Reni. Public Domain.

Courage of St. Joseph highlighted at Mass for Congressional staffers

Mar 19, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

St. Joseph is a model of courage for those in political life today, Fr. Carter Griffin told attendees of Monday’s... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith.  photo

Object to abortion? You might need this law, Congressman says

Nov 8, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Pro-life health care workers and institutions need stronger legal protections from pressure to help provide abortions, backers of proposed federal... Read more

Bishop calls on Congress to consider tax reform’s impact on ‘the least of these’

Oct 31, 2017

By Courtney Mares

With House lawmakers set to release their tax reform bill on November 1, one U.S. bishop has laid out moral... Read more

US Capitol.

What Catholics like and dislike in the new spending bill

May 2, 2017

By Matt Hadro

A massive spending package to be voted on by Congress has drawn applause for continuing foreign aid spending, but also... Read more

Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH, July 18-21, 2016.

Dozens of lawmakers press Trump for religious freedom protection

May 1, 2017

By Matt Hadro

More than 50 members of Congress have written President Donald Trump asking for a broad executive order that protects religious... Read more

Dawn at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Why this pro-life congressman opposed the failed health care bill

Apr 1, 2017

By Matt Hadro

When last week’s health care bill failed, it wasn’t just Democrats who fought it.  Read more

Race against time for Congress to block DC's assisted suicide law

Jan 13, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Congress took its first step toward blocking D.C.’s doctor-prescribed suicide law on Thursday, but the action will need the support... Read more

Members of the 115th U.S. Congress take their oath of office, Jan. 3, 2016.

Congress still overwhelmingly identifies as Christian

Jan 4, 2017

While the number of Americans who describe themselves as Christians has declined in recent years, more than 9 in 10... Read more

Planned Parenthood accused of serious abuses by Congressional panel

Jan 4, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Abuses and possibly criminal violations are occurring in the fetal tissue trade between abortion clinics and tissue harvesters, concluded the... Read more

House backs genocide label for Christians under ISIS

Mar 14, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. House of Representative voted Monday to declare that what is happening to Christians and other ethnic and religious... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 1 2014.

Here's how one Catholic congressman is prepping for the Pope's US visit

Aug 18, 2015

By Matt Hadro

As the nation’s capital works to get ready for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this fall, one Catholic congressman... Read more

Pope Francis waves to the general audience on April 1, 2015 in St. Peter's Square.

Make friends with your congressman – and you just might get to see the Pope

Jul 30, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The final plans are set for the public’s chance to watch Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 address to Congress live at... Read more

Obama's immigration order stalls. For 5 million immigrants, now what?

May 28, 2015

By Matt Hadro

As the Obama administration’s massive immigration order met a roadblock in federal court, Catholic immigration advocates are unhappy but are... Read more

Nuclear Power Plant by Lennart Tange via flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Don't thwart nuclear agreement with Iran, bishop warns Congress

Apr 14, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The head of the U.S. Bishops' international peace committee supports the new framework for Iran's nuclear program and is asking... Read more

U.S. Capitol.

New US Congress reflects the Catholic swing vote

Jan 6, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The overwhelming majority of federal lawmakers in the U.S. are Christian, according to a new report, which also found that... Read more

House overcomes partisan bickering to pass disabilities bill

Dec 6, 2014

By Matt Hadro

After eight years in legislative limbo, a bill helping those with disabilities to save in tax-exempt accounts and still receive... Read more

Soup kitchen. File photo/CNA.

Remember the 'least of these' in spending cuts, bishops tell Congress

Nov 18, 2014

By Matt Hadro

As the 113th Congress enters the “lame-duck” session before newly-elected members take office, the U.S. Bishops are urging that a... Read more

Paul Clement, counsel for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, speaks to the press outside the Supreme Court, March 25, 2014.

Congressmen support legal challenges to HHS mandate

Mar 27, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Pro-life members of the House of Representatives spoke out in support of the Green and Hahn families after they argued... Read more