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.
Approximately 500 men of all ages and backgrounds were ordained Catholic priests this year in the United States.
Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, regarded as a founding father in the field of bioethics, died June 13 at the age of 92.
In a career that spanned more than six decades, he was a renowned physician, ethicist, research scholar and administrator. Among his many accomplishments was founding and directing Georgetown University's Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics and he also was a former president of The Catholic University of America.
A new report highlights ongoing threats to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development from conservatives who object to giving money to organizations not in full compliance with church teaching.
Girls of any age are now allowed to buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, a move that has disappointed U.S. Catholic officials.
As the Supreme Court prepares to issue two historic decisions on gay marriage this month, judges and lawyers don't expect anything all-encompassing.
Patricia McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University, located less than four miles from the U.S. Capitol, has a strong opinion about the possibility that interest rates for student loans will increase.
"Nobody wants student loan interest rates to double; that just hurts students and for a number of low-income students it may mean they may choose not to come to college at all," said McGuire, who has testified before Congress on this issue.