Catholic leaders urged fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside partisan bickering and called immigration reform a sanctity of life issue.
In addition to the 35 states now recognizing same-sex marriage, in some 10 other states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry.
With up to 15,000 attendees expected for the gathering of families, organizers are planning hotel and other accommodations plus a full slate of top speakers and activities
The Vatican will host religious leaders from across the religious spectrum for a conference where they are expected to defend traditional marriage.
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Faith and Justice: The U.S. bishops feel besieged by their opponents in the culture wars, an attitude that could carry over into their statement on political responsibility.
It's "getting difficult" for Catholics to partner with the government in providing social services because of laws like a federal mandate requiring contraceptive services.
At an event on the "Francis Factor" on Tuesday, the panelists repeatedly shifted attention away from the pope and onto Jesus.
Kim Daniels, the first person to become spokesperson for the president of the USCCB, left by her own choice earlier this year, the conference said.