Braving near-record low temperatures, thousands of young people from across the United States gathered in Washington for the 41st annual March for Life.
The March for Life traditionally has a strong Catholic presence. But this year, organizers reached out to evangelicals.
Neither John McCain nor Marco Rubio, two of Washington's mouthiest senators, could resist slamming Barack Obama for shaking hands with Cuba's Raul Castro at last month's funeral for Nelson Mandela.
"Why should you shake hands with somebody who's keeping Americans in prison?" asked McCain. "I mean, what's the point?"
Rubio's knock: "If the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba."
Supreme Court justices pressed attorneys about when it is constitutional to prohibit certain speech in a case over buffer zones around abortion clinics.
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. House should pass a bipartisan bill that would require the federal government to respect state marriage laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a U.S. archbishop said Friday.
Titled the State Marriage Defense Act, the bill "is a necessary piece of legislation that will prevent the federal government from unjustly disregarding, in certain instances, state marriage laws concerning the definition of marriage," said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring "Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage," planned for Jan. 18-26, as part of several events marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.
"Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence," says a posting on www.9daysforlife.com.
Arizona's law banning abortions at the 20-week stage remains unenforceable after the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the state's appeal of a lower court ruling that the 2012 law is unconstitutional.
With one of its last acts of 2013, the Supreme Court gave Catholics a preview of what could be among its most anticipated decisions in 2014.
On Dec. 31, just before the clock struck the end of 2013, Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily halted the implementation of part of a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptive services in health care plans in response to a lawsuit by a group of Catholic sisters in Colorado.
The Senate has yet to vote on the bill, and leaders in the Republican-controlled House have said they would not consider it until savings were found in the budget.