On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear the case of whether or not the Affordable Care Act's contraception clause violated Hobby Lobby's religious liberties.
The North Dakota Catholic Conference welcomed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a 2013 law requiring doctors at the state's only abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
The Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo withdrew the suit March 14 after a local health care system certified physicians working at the clinic to admit patients.
Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino urged Catholics in his diocese to comply with federal law and sign up for health insurance if they have not already done so.
In a March 11 letter, he said he wished to provide "some clarification and some direction regarding the new federal health care law."
"As you may know, the Affordable Care Act requires that all legal residents of the country carry health insurance by April 1. Failure to comply with this law will result in fines that increase progressively each year," he wrote.
President Barack Obama told activists he would consider ways to ease the effects of strict enforcement as frustration grows over the lack of progress on immigration reform.
NCR Today: House Speaker John Boehner reached out to the Vatican on behalf of House and Senate leaders to invite Pope Francis to speak to both houses of Congress.
The coalition contends that the mandate's requirement that its members provide health insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs is contrary to the First Amendment.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that Pope Francis is asking the Catholic church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples, although the archbishop of New York said he would be "uncomfortable" if the church embraced that position.
Prison guards meet in the desert to hand off chemicals for executions. A corrections boss loaded with cash travels to a pharmacy in another state to buy lethal sedatives. States across the country refuse to identify the drugs they use to put the condemned to death.
This is the curious state of capital punishment in America today.
Two religious liberty bills failed to pass in late February, but succeeded in further stoking debates about the place of religious belief in the public sphere.
The traditional Lenten practice of fasting is being paired with the latest round of Fast for Families, intended to bring attention to the campaign for immigration reform.