NCR Today: A California lawmaker wants to replace a bronze statue of Serra with a monument honoring the late Sally Ride, the nation's first female astronaut.
"I have come to believe that we must trust women and families -- not politicians -- to make the best decision for their lives."
Highlighting the life, suffering and enduring hope of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley called for reflection and action to combat modern-day slavery during his homily on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on Sunday.
Analysis: The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year and there is little doubt which way it's leaning.
The committee hearing questioned the "best way forward" in addressing human trafficking, forced labor and other terms of modern slavery on a global scale.
"We see faith driving us to do right, But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge -- or worse, sometimes used as a weapon."
While action on a bill that would ban abortions in the United States after the 20-week mark has been delayed in the House of Representatives, pro-life activists said they remain optimistic about efforts to restrict abortion, especially at the state level.
Several states, including South Carolina, West Virginia and Kansas, are moving forward on various forms of legislation meant to protect the life of the unborn.
The authors of a new paper issued by the Brookings Institute stress the importance of religious literacy in diplomatic dialogue.
Titled "Integrating Religious Engagement Into Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities," the paper was written by Peter Mandaville, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, and Sara Silvestri, a senior lecturer at City University London.
If you think somebody's famous because they've written scads of books on spirituality, traveled the world speaking about God's love, and have 150,000 people on a daily email list for meditations, then brace yourself for when that person sits down for a televised face-to-face interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Most Americans who know about the deadly attack on the Paris headquarters of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine say it's OK that the weekly featured cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows 76 percent of Americans know of the Jan. 7 attack, and among this group 60 percent of Americans support the magazine's right to publish these controversial images, while 28 percent disapprove.