Despite opposition, assisted suicide law takes effect in nation's capital

Despite facing possible defeat by federal lawmakers, the nation's capital has joined six states in the country in allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.

Christian persecution called 'purposeful' destruction of a culture, faith

Chaldean Catholics: "Christianity in the Middle East has had so much life, but it is now being destroyed in Iraq, Syria and the other countries of the 'Arab Spring.' "

D.C. city council approves assisted suicide measure

The District of Columbia City Council Nov. 15 approved a bill allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.

Pope Francis will visit as 'pastor,' not 'politician,' says Washington cardinal

Noting the pope's "immense popularity," Cardindal Donald Wuerl called the Washington visit "an exciting time for this archdiocese, the church in the United States and this city."