Pope Francis told a joint meeting of Congress he backs efforts to abolish the death penalty. His U.S. nuncio sent letters to appeal on his behalf to commute sentences.
A federal appeals court ruled that there is no religious rights conflict with a process for nonprofit religious organizations to get around a mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance.
Nine federal agencies have issued proposed rules to clarify some aspects of social service partnerships with religious institutions.
The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States on Friday in a closely divided ruling.