The U.S. bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs announced its launching of a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, and Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich is its first Catholic co-chairman.
The USCCB, Texas Catholic Conference, and other faith-based groups, filed a friend of the court brief supporting a Texas law requiring health and safety standards protecting women who undergo abortions.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments March 23 in seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by Catholic, other faith-based entities against the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate.
Catholic admonitions about inclusion mixed with strong political language before the March of Life got underway Jan. 22 in Washington. Nearly 50,000 attended the rally at the Washington Monument.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review President Barack Obama's executive actions expanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.
Both the number of abortions and the rate of abortion is dropping, according to figures in the "State of Abortion in America" report by the National Right to Life Committee.
Catholic advocacy agencies joined the pushback after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the beginning of the year arrested immigrants, Central American families, who were in the United States illegally.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on Catholics to participate in a new "9 Days for Life" campaign launched by the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle and Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, California, have written Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to end deportation raids.
The general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Little Sisters of the Poor.