Catholics and evangelicals are asking Obama to defend religious liberty in the United States as he has defended it in other countries.
About 100 church reform groups have teamed up to circulate a petition asking for an "effective voice" for the lay faithful in church decision-making.
In 2008, the community dedicated to ending hunger globally was rocked when the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published its first series on maternal and childhood nutrition, showing that more than a third of child deaths and 11 percent of the rate of disease worldwide was the result of mothers and children being malnourished.
"It gave the community its marching orders," said Yesenia Garcia of 1,000 Days.
From the information gathered by the journal emerged an image of the vital importance and lasting impact good nutrition has on a child's earliest development.
The State Department's report leaves out a list of countries actively suppressing religious freedom, or not doing enough to protect it.
Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform expressed optimism and hope for a law to pass this summer after the Senate Judiciary Committee May 21 finished wading through 300 proposed amendments - accepting about a third of them - and passed the massive bill on to the full Senate.
Comments lauding the committee's effort came from faith groups, young adults who would benefit from the DREAM Act, which is included in the bill, and even from a Catholic bishop in Ireland.
Now that Vermont allows doctor-prescribed suicide, "the magnificent landscape of this state, which echoes life from its majestic mountains to its powerful waterways, no longer is reflected in the laws which govern the Green Mountain State," said the head of the statewide Diocese of Burlington.
Between 300 and 400 young adult Catholics attended the Theology on Tap talk, where the cardinal urged them to deepen and share their Catholic faith.
The case, expected to be heard in October, will examine the constitutionality of a practice in Congress and state governments for more than two centuries.
At a lunch with an old friend this Tuesday [April 10] I reminded him how much Pope John XXIII’s 1963 encyclical, Pacem in Terris (“Peace on Earth”) had changed our lives.
In 1970 both of us – he from Brooklyn, I from the Diocese of Fargo, N.D. – left Theological College, the U.S. bishops’ national seminary at The Catholic University of America.
With the low-salary entry-level jobs typical for ex-collegians with liberal arts/philosophy/theology majors, we and a third ex-seminarian joined up to share an inexpensive apartment in the Washington suburbs.
Frontline Faith, a Catholic nonprofit, gives MP3 players loaded with the Mass, stories and prayers to active-duty members of the military.