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The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016.

What is the Democratic Party's 'progressive' vision of religious freedom?

As the 2016 Democratic Party platform insists on a “progressive” notion of religious freedom, what might that look like in... Read more

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA on July 26, 2016.

Even a former Obama staffer thinks the Democratic platform is extreme

The Democratic Party platform has drawn the ire of critics – including a member of Barack Obama’s former campaign –... Read more

Tim Kaine.

Tim Kaine draws ire over flip-flop on Hyde Amendment

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine has reportedly changed his mind on a long-standing policy preventing government funding of most... Read more

A protestor marches through downtown Philadelphia, PA during the DNC on July 25, 2016.

Leaked e-mails show DNC meetings with anti-religious freedom project

Leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee show efforts to arrange a meeting with a key NGO working to end... Read more

Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 19, 2016.

What Catholics have to say about the GOP platform

The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions.    Read more

Bernie Sanders at Vatican conference in Casina Pio IV, April 15, 2016.

UPDATED: Bernie Sanders came to the Vatican, and here's what he said

Pope Francis didn’t attend U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) speech at the Vatican, but the presidential candidate provided a long... Read more

Being pro-life never used to mean being Republican

“(W)hen it comes to issues like abortion, amnesty, and acid, I’m about as liberal as your grandmother. I don’t like... Read more

Donald Trump.

Can a Catholic in good conscience vote for Trump?

As Republican frontrunner Donald Trump moves closer to the presidential nomination, Catholics are questioning whether voting for the billionaire-turned-politician is... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24, 2015.

Pope Francis hailed for transcending liberal/conservative divide

Pope Francis rose above party politics and challenged lawmakers to a higher standard in his Thursday address to a joint... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the United States Congress, Sept. 24, 2015.

Marriage and family are being threatened, Pope tells US Congress

In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis said the family is being threatened today like... Read more

Read the full text of Pope Francis' address to US Congress

Please find below the full text of Pope Francis' Sept. 24 address to members of the United States Congress:  Read more

 Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on September 3, 2014.

En route to US, Pope Francis rejects 'left-leaning' accusations

On the papal flight from Cuba to Washington, D.C., where Pope Francis held the customary press conference with journalists on... Read more

The United States Capitol building.

Here's what Pope Francis is likely to tell the US Congress

On Thursday Pope Francis will become the first Bishop of Rome to address a joint session of the US Senate... Read more

The statue of Bl. Junipero Serra inside the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic 'founding father'

A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its... Read more

New York Times Building NYC.

Why this priest has spent 50 years fighting with the New York Times

A lot has changed in journalism since 1961, but not Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton’s resolve to rebut the New York... Read more

Paper money.

Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT... Read more

A U.S. flag hangs outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore on Oct. 24, 2014.

Where progressives and Evangelicals agree – clarify IRS rules on political speech

An unlikely combination of political progressives and Evangelicals came together last week to demand more clarity in IRS regulations of... Read more

Flag of Scotland.

Scottish bishops encourage cooperation, involvement in wake of vote

Following a historic vote in which Scotland rejected independence from the U.K., the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland recognized the decision... Read more

Pope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013.

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don't replace politicians

In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of... Read more

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. on July 22, 2014.

Rubio: Economic health tied to morality, community

A strong national economy requires strong families, supported by both government and the broader community, said Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)... Read more