The State Department's report leaves out a list of countries actively suppressing religious freedom, or not doing enough to protect it.
With elections weeks away, several bishops have become unabashedly vocal in highlighting the issues they think should determine Catholics' votes.
While candidates hit the road, political groups and committees, including CatholicVote.org, will ramp up the fight to push their politicians into office.
The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a bill to prohibit abortion nationwide after 20 weeks of gestation, approximately the stage at which scientists say unborn babies can feel pain.
The arguments have gotten louder over same-sex marriage ahead of two much-anticipated Supreme Court rulings on the subject.
Pro-life and other groups joined forces to denounce a bill governing end-of-life care introduced by the Quebec government Wednesday as a form of Belgian-style euthanasia.
"This is about doctors lethally injecting patients," said Alex Schadenberg, executive director of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, echoing the concerns of several organizations, including the Catholic Organization for Life.
Schadenberg said the bill redefines palliative care to include "terminal medical sedation" and "medical aid in dying," which he called a euphemism for euthanasia.
We say: Maybe we're OK with concessions in time of war, but we still have questions as we ponder the capabilities of the state to mine personal information.
Girls of any age are now allowed to buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, a move that has disappointed U.S. Catholic officials.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez called the status quo morally unacceptable, saying, "This suffering must end."
As the Supreme Court prepares to issue two historic decisions on gay marriage this month, judges and lawyers don't expect anything all-encompassing.