Members of Congress left a host of urgent issues unresolved: immigration reform, the farm bill, and the "grand bargain" of a budget.
The State Department's report leaves out a list of countries actively suppressing religious freedom, or not doing enough to protect it.
Analysis: Abortion opponents thought the case could reshape the abortion debate. Yet the prayers for an impact from the Gosnell conviction may go unanswered.
Analysis: No miracle is required for Oscar Romero's canonization because he was martyred, something Pope John Paul II personally affirmed.
Analysis: The addition of Kim Daniels, who is a leader of the conservative media lobby Catholic Voices USA, seems aimed at revamping the hierarchy's communications strategy.
Analysis: One man's word put four men in prison. But stories conflict, and there's no real evidence to support his claims.
Reports this week that the late Pope John Paul II may be on the verge of sainthood after a second miracle was credited to his intercession aren't a huge surprise: When he died eight years ago, crowds were already clamoring for his canonization, and Pope Benedict XVI quickly waived the usual five-year waiting period to get the process rolling.
Analysis: If Pope Francis undertakes curial reform, the first question is not where might he begin, but how long does he have?
Analysis: As Pope Francis basks in broad approval, some constituencies in the Catholic church are cautious or even angry at his election.
Analysis: The only question about the election of our new pope is which is the greatest surprise: that he is a Jesuit, that he is Latin American, or that he is 76?