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As Mitt Romney moves to the middle, anti-abortion activists try to cover his right flank

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As Mitt Romney has moved to the center in an effort to overtake President Barack Obama in the campaign’s homestretch, he has by necessity muted – or even muddied – his previous opposition to abortion rights, a shift that has left some abortion foes aghast.

Catholic bishops rebuke Biden over contraception mandate claims

In a rare public rebuke, Catholic bishops chided Vice President Joe Biden for saying during Thursday's vice-presidential debate that Catholic hospitals and institutions will not be forced to provide contraception coverage to employees.

Without mentioning Biden by name, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the "inaccurate" statement "made during the Vice Presidential debate" was "not a fact."

Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan are both Catholic.

Biden, Ryan talk faith to America mag

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The two vice presidential candidates, who for the first time in U.S. history are both Catholics, have spoken to the Jesuit-run America magazine about how their faith informs their views on war, poverty, and vocation.

In an interview posted to the magazine's website today, Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan each answer the same five questions posed to their campaigns by America's editors. A rundown of key quotes: 

Biden:

Will Biden-Ryan debate be a 'Catholic smackdown'?

When Joe Biden and Paul Ryan face off in the vice-presidential debate Thursday night, it will mark the first showdown of its kind between the first Catholics ever to oppose each other on the major party tickets.

A "Catholic Thrilla in Manila," as a Washington Post headline put it, recalling the famous 1975 Ali-Frazier heavyweight bout in the Philippines. Store window signs in the host city of Danville, Ky., prefer the "Thrill in the Ville."

Whatever it is called, expectations among Catholics are as high as the stakes for both campaigns.

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