Eco Catholic: Voters in several swing states agree with Pope Francis' call for global action to address climate change, but aren't sold on it as an issue of morality.
Rowan County's clerk prayed and fasted over her decision to refuse marriage licenses for same-sex couples, she testified in federal court, and she said believes she is upholding her oath under the Constitution.
Clerk Kim Davis' refusal to provide licenses has drawn wide attention after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that marriage is a fundamental right for all couples. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear ordered clerks to comply with the decision.
"It wasn't just a spur-of-the-moment decision," Davis said. "It was thought out, and I sought God on it."
Global Sisters Report: Nonprofit and faith-based organizations have cobbled together programs for asylum-seekers that vary from city to city.
NCR Today: A Christian group against poverty and hunger asked U.S. presidential candidates how they would help if elected.
The Catholic faith tradition "offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake," two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic church's push to end the death penalty.
"No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so. Today, we have this capability," wrote Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.
Faith and Justice: "It is a risky step to interfere with the most intimate details of other people's lives while loudly claiming liberty for yourself."
Europe must agree on shared financial and social policies to offset the risk of another crisis that almost saw Greece quit the eurozone, said a European bishops' commission.
A Thursday statement issued by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, expressed relief that a bailout package had prevented the "Grexit" -- the prospect of Greece abandoning the euro currency and returning to using the drachma.
Lawmakers are calling for investigations into a health care provider that has come under fire by anti-abortion activists for allegedly selling fetal organs for profit.
The anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress claims that the Planned Parenthood foundation violated the law by selling the fetal tissue to medical researchers.
Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero vehemently denied the accusations, saying that the tissue in question was donated to medical research – not sold.
At the heart of the decision against the Little Sisters of the Poor was a disagreement what constituted a violation of religious liberty.
The Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans would be willing to vote for a president who was a "generally well-qualified person who happened to be Muslim."