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New bill would protect churches with political views from the IRS

Oct 1, 2016

Churches concerned about Internal Revenue Service intervention if they engage in political speech should take a look at a proposed... Read more

Tim Kaine.

Tim Kaine claims Catholic Church could change on gay marriage

Sep 11, 2016

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, a Catholic who is currently the junior Virginia senator, said on Saturday that he... Read more

Phyllis Schlafly.

Phyllis Schlafly remembered as a pro-life inspiration

Sep 7, 2016

The passing of author, commentator and political activist Phyllis Schlafly prompted some pro-life advocates to remember her leadership across decades... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Sept. 9, 2015 general audience.

Nonviolent politics to be the focus of next World Day of Peace

Aug 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

Announced Friday, the theme Pope Francis selected for the 2017 World Day of Peace focuses on nonviolence as a political... Read more

Republican VP candidate Mike Pence at the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

Pence slammed for proposed Christian, Jewish refugee ban

Aug 10, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence was met with heated criticism after suggesting that a Trump administration may ban Christian... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0).

Are young Catholics cynical about politics? Nope, Cardinal Dolan says

Jul 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

With political discourse taking a turn for the nasty(er) as the U.S. presidential elections draw near, are youth disillusioned by... Read more

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

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

Jul 29, 2016

By Matt Hadro

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

Jul 27, 2016

By Matt Hadro

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

Jul 27, 2016

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

Jul 26, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Jul 19, 2016

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

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

Apr 15, 2016

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

Apr 12, 2016

By Mary Farrow

“(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?

Mar 16, 2016

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

Sep 26, 2015

By Matt Hadro

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

Sep 24, 2015

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

Sep 24, 2015

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

Sep 22, 2015

By Mary Farrow

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

Sep 21, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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'

Jun 25, 2015

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