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President Barack Obama, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laugh at the Oct. 18, 2012 Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.

Al Smith dinner includes religious freedom references amid humor

Oct 19, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

An annual Catholic fundraising dinner with both major presidential candidates provided a night of laughter, as well as reminders of... Read more

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. CNA file photo.

Atlanta archdiocese cites high stakes in challenge to HHS mandate

Oct 13, 2012

Adding to the dozens of lawsuits against the HHS mandate, the Archdiocese of Atlanta and three other Catholic institutions have... Read more

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan participate in the Oct. 11, 2012 debate as moderator Martha Raddatz looks on.

Bishops say Biden made 'inaccurate' mandate statement

Oct 12, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

The U.S. bishops criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an “inaccurate statement of fact” about the HHS mandate’s impact on... Read more

President Obama and HHS Secretary Sebelius at the Feb. 2012 press conference on Preventive Health Services and Religious Institutions.

With over 100 plaintiffs, lawyers for mandate objectors are hopeful

Oct 10, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

As the number of plaintiffs suing over the controversial HHS mandate reaches 100, a leading religious freedom legal group is... Read more

Mo. business appealing ruling against its HHS mandate lawsuit

Oct 2, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

A federal district court in Missouri has dismissed a Catholic businessman’s lawsuit that contends that the HHS mandate violates his... Read more

Obama speaks at the United Nations Sept. 25, 2012.

Congressman questions Obama's commitment to fight human trafficking

Sep 25, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

New efforts announced by President Barack Obama to fight human trafficking have renewed criticism of his administration for preventing a... Read more

A doctor with female patient (file photo).

HHS mandate allows minors free contraception, sterilization

Sep 25, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Minor children on their parents’ health care plans will have free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, under... Read more

The 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Democratic convention emphasizes economy, contraception mandate

Sep 7, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Providing economic security for the middle class and access to free contraception as a key part of women’s health care... Read more

Former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper speaks Sept. 5, 2012 at the Democractic National Convention's faith council gathering.

'Whole life' Catholic Democrat argues Obama is pro-life

Sep 6, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A former congresswoman known for being a prominent pro-life Democrat has advised fellow party members to tell Catholics that President... Read more

Sara Hutchinson of Catholics for Choice and Rev. Harry Knox listen to Bishop Tonyia Rawls of the Freedom Center for Social Justice at a Sept. 5, 2012 press conference.

Catholics for Choice argues religious freedom only applies to private actions

Sep 5, 2012

A dissenting Catholic group believes that the First Amendment protection of religious freedom applies to personal decisions but does not... Read more

Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks Sept. 5, 2012 at the DNC's faith council.

EPA efforts highlighted at Democrats' faith council meeting

Sep 5, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Concern for the environment and a desire to care for one's neighbor through the federal government were among the ways... Read more

Prof. Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

Glendon: economic, cultural concerns make 2012 election historic

Aug 30, 2012

Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, believes that the 2012 presidential election will be a... Read more

Helen Alvare, a law professor at George Mason University.

Obama's pitch to women misses important issues, Alvare says

Aug 30, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A law professor at George Mason University believes that in the upcoming election women will focus on more than abortion... Read more

Hannah Smith, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund.

HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point

Aug 28, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient... Read more

Mary Anne Yep, co-founder and vice president of Triune Health Group.

Woman-friendly Catholic business sues over HHS mandate

Aug 24, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A businesswoman who has filed the most recent lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate believes that the government must respect... Read more

Obama's Catholic supporters drop pro-life argument in 2012 appeal

Aug 17, 2012

Catholics for Obama has launched its 2012 initiative with a focus on economic issues, in an apparent shift from its... Read more

The Newland family members who own and run Hercules Industries. Courtesy of ADF.

Catholic-run business asks Obama to respect its faith

Aug 15, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

A spokesman for a Catholic family-owned business in Colorado is asking President Obama to respect his family’s faith after the... Read more

Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria.

Peoria diocese challenges 'intrusive' HHS mandate exemption process

Aug 10, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill. on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the HHS mandate, charging that it requires an... Read more

President Obama speaks during a campaign stop at the Auraria Events Center August 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

Obama reaffirms support for HHS mandate, downplays controversy

Aug 9, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for mandatory contraception coverage in a Wednesday campaign stop in Denver, drawing criticism from... Read more

Executives of Hercules Industries, from left to right, James Newland, Paul Newland, William Newland and Andrew Newland. Photo courtesy of the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Colo. company secures injunction against HHS mandate

Jul 27, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

In the first legal ruling against the controversial HHS mandate, a federal judge has granted a temporary injunction protecting a... Read more