Members of Congress left a host of urgent issues unresolved: immigration reform, the farm bill, and the "grand bargain" of a budget.
Baltimore Archbishop William Lori signed a letter with 57 other religious leaders that says the HHS mandate "should trouble every American."
Bishop Jaime Soto says criticism of CCHD speaks to its success. The program, he said, gives the Gospel "flesh and blood."
Organizations in favor of shuttering the prison say the basic human rights and dignity of the detainees have been violated for years.
The diverse coalition of activists who are trying to rework the nation's immigration system celebrated the Senate passage Thursday of a reform bill.
When it comes to God and country, white evangelicals report the most intense patriotic feelings in a new poll, with more than two-thirds (68 percent) saying they are extremely proud to be an American.
That figure was markedly higher than for white mainline Protestants (56 percent), minority Christians (49 percent), Catholics (48 percent) and religiously unaffiliated Americans (39 percent), according to the study, conducted by the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the part of the Voting Rights Act used to determine that 15 states have had to comply with the law's protections for minority voters.
The Supreme Court also said it would decide whether the children of immigrants lose their place in line for visas when they turn 21 in the fall.
Catholic leaders said the bill, as written, would make deep cuts into the food assistance programs for the poor.
The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a bill to prohibit abortion nationwide after 20 weeks of gestation, approximately the stage at which scientists say unborn babies can feel pain.