The debt ceiling. Immigration. Tax reform. Gun control. All are at the top of Washington's agenda, making 2013 an interesting year.
The dean of the Washington National Cathedral said it is "a great honor" to lead the cathedral's march toward greater equality.
The article in L'Osservatore Romano says gay marriage proponents woo millions with their promise of perfect social and economic equality.
Some Catholic physicians, including those who do not prescribe contraceptives, are questioning the safety of allowing oral contraceptives to be sold over the counter, as the nation's largest body of obstetricians and gynecologists recommended in December.
Dr. Kathleen Raviele, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Atlanta and former president of the Catholic Medical Association, warned that because birth-control pills can raise blood pressure and cause strokes and heart attacks, such drugs should only be prescribed by a physician.
A mid-1990s sermon denouncing the gay rights movement has forced an evangelical pastor to withdraw from President Barack Obama, in which he was set to give the benediction.
While Cardinal Timothy Dolan cheered some of the New York governor's State of the State address, he called a measure to prevent state regulations on abortion a "radical" bill.
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court order allowing government funding of research involving certain embryonic stem-cell lines.
A petition to designate the Roman Catholic Church as a hate group for its opposition to gay rights may wind up generating almost as many press releases as signatures.
Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortions, the pro-life movement hasn't stepped back in its resolve to see the decision reversed.
The 113th Congress includes some shifts in religious makeup, with a few more Catholics, the Senate's first Buddhist and the first Hindu.