The 113th Congress includes some shifts in religious makeup, with a few more Catholics, the Senate's first Buddhist and the first Hindu.
At a time when the ideals of compromise and collegiality seem like a dream in the nation's capital, a diverse coalition of religious leaders is asking Americans to pray for civility.
The legislation includes lower income tax rates for 98 percent of Americans but no agreement on how to deal with tax breaks.
Cardinal Francis George told Chicago-area Catholics that the passage of a same-sex marriage law in the state would be "acting against the common good of society."
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied two companies' request for an injunction while they challenge part of the Department of Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate in court.
The National Rifle Association's 'armed guard in every school' response to Sandy Hook is a calculated distraction. It should be ignored as the nation moves forward to legislate serious new gun control laws.
The Catholic bishops of the United States said they remain focused on seeking "reasonable restrictions" on gun ownership without infringing upon Second Amendment rights.
Four days after the first federal appellate-level hearing on two religious colleges' legal challenge to the contraceptive mandate, the appeals court said Tuesday the lawsuit will remain pending.
Commentary: Tougher gun control laws face an uphill climb, but Obama has the ability and clout to make something happen.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced Dec. 12 that the state would not set up its own health insurance exchange and instead join the federal exchange, which will cover elective abortions.
Just how the decision will impact such issues as abortion was not totally clear.
At the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, legislative director Maria Vitale Gallagher said she thinks states can opt out of abortion coverage in the federal exchange.