President Barack Obama wasn't the only African-American president sworn in this month: Lorenzo Herman became president of the National Black Catholic Seminarians Association.
Three Catholic prelates joined more than two dozen other Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in urging the United States to embark on a new initiative to secure peace between the Palestinian National Authority and Israel.
The leaders called upon U.S. diplomats to seek a two-state agreement "before it is too late" in a statement from the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East.
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland, Ore., and named as his successor Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich.
Vlazny, who has headed the Oregon archdiocese since 1997, is 75, the age at which bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation to the pope. Sample, 52, has been Marquette's bishop for eight years.
The changes were announced Tuesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S.
The Mass of installation for Sample is scheduled for April 2.
In "amicus" briefs in two Supreme Court cases that weigh the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the USCCB argues that redefining marriage is not required under the Constitution.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the federal contraceptive mandate by the Washington archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs, saying the case is premature in light of the government's "promises to amend the mandate."
"Importantly, this ruling was not based on the merits of our case," said a statement issued by the archdiocese.
Participants at the annual March for Life on Friday demonstrated just how determined they are by continuing a 40-year tradition of protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion.
Religious leaders urged tough measures against gun violence the day before President Obama announced gun control proposals that largely matched their pleas.
While some Christians are particularly concerned that religious freedoms are being eroded in this country, they want Judeo-Christians to dominate the culture.
Four journalists told a program sponsored by The Catholic University of America that Obama could be successful, but only if Americans work together.
The Catholic owners of an Illinois health services consulting company have won a temporary restraining order against the state's contraceptive mandate.