Members of Congress are out of town and immigration reform legislation may be stuck until this fall, but the recess has given Catholic activists time to rally their forces.
The setting was the same, but in many respects, the 50th anniversary observance of the 1963 March on Washington showed the nation's progress.
"We have been too silent and too complacent" regarding the issues of racism, the executive director of Pax Christi USA said.
An influx of human trafficking victims seeking assistance is leading Catholic Charities agencies nationwide to develop a wider range of specialized service to enable victims to rebuild their lives.
From life skills and parenting classes to helping victims adjust to a life free of coercion and mistreatment, the agencies are adapting operations so those who have escaped a trafficking situation are not victimized again by unscrupulous traders in human lives.
Fifty years ago, on the morning of the March on Washington, he major news outlets were predicting the march would be a bust.
Since the creation under President George W. Bush of what is now known as the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the formal collaboration of government and religious institutions has steadily expanded, though not without growing pains.
According to the study, 49 percent of adults consider it morally wrong to have an abortion. Feelings on stem-cell research or IVF aren't as strong.
Americans ages 18 to 31 are struggling to obtain jobs more than any other age group. During the "Great Recession," the unemployment rate for this group reached 18 percent.
The number of permanent deacons keeps growing, but those ordained to the diaconate are reaching retirement age and need to replenish their ranks, according to a study released Tuesday.
House members have filed a friend-of-the-court brief at the Supreme Court supporting the town of Greece, N.Y., in its bid to continue opening legislative meetings with a prayer.