"Torture and execution is always a profound evil, made even more abhorrent when sanctioned by the government in the name of justice."
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla,), who launched his presidential campaign Monday,often talks about faith, and went into depth about his religious convictions in his 2012 book, An American Son: A Memoir.
Here are five faith facts about this Catholic son of Cuban immigrants who has also found comfort in Mormonism and a Southern Baptist church:
1. He was once a serious, young Mormon
When it takes up same-sex marriage cases from four states April 28, the Supreme Court will officially be considering just two constitutional questions.
But judging from the outpouring of friend-of-the-court or "amicus" briefs, the court is expected to affect the very definition of marriage in American society.
Q and A: In January, Bede Bidlack was dismissed from the jury pool in the Boston marathon bombing case because he refused to support the death penalty.
Book reviews: Those with an interest in our nation's most controversial presidency, the stream of White House tapes, new documents and histories continues unabated.
As the trial of Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury Monday, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts released a statement reiterating the church's teaching on the death penalty.
If convicted, Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death or to life without the possibility of parole.
The Catholic church opposes the death penalty except "if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor," but such cases "are very rare, if not practically nonexistent."
Missouri groups are working to decrease prison sentences for nonviolent offenders who are good candidates for parole but are denied access to the parole process.
Indiana lawmakers reached agreement to amend Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" law to ensure it does not discriminate against gay and lesbian customers of Indiana businesses.
We say: The trouble with Indiana's religious freedom law is in how it was conceived. Instead of appeasing conservative voters, the law tossed a grenade into the community.
Indiana's Catholic bishops on Wednesday urged people to show mutual respect for one another and allow "the necessary dialogue" to take place to make sure no one in the state will face discrimination, "whether it is for their sexual orientation or for living their religious beliefs."
Remarking on the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law March 26, they said it "appears to have divided the people of our state like few other issues in recent memory."