The State Department's report leaves out a list of countries actively suppressing religious freedom, or not doing enough to protect it.
Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform expressed optimism and hope for a law to pass this summer after the Senate Judiciary Committee May 21 finished wading through 300 proposed amendments - accepting about a third of them - and passed the massive bill on to the full Senate.
Comments lauding the committee's effort came from faith groups, young adults who would benefit from the DREAM Act, which is included in the bill, and even from a Catholic bishop in Ireland.
Now that Vermont allows doctor-prescribed suicide, "the magnificent landscape of this state, which echoes life from its majestic mountains to its powerful waterways, no longer is reflected in the laws which govern the Green Mountain State," said the head of the statewide Diocese of Burlington.
The case, expected to be heard in October, will examine the constitutionality of a practice in Congress and state governments for more than two centuries.
As Oregon scientists announced they converted human skin cells into embryonic stem cells, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities said the technique destroys human life.
Analysis: Abortion opponents thought the case could reshape the abortion debate. Yet the prayers for an impact from the Gosnell conviction may go unanswered.
The "full social and legal effects" of state lawmakers' decision to legalize same-sex marriage "will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead," said the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
"Today the Minnesota Senate voted to redefine marriage in Minnesota. The outcome, though expected, is no less disappointing," the conference said in a statement.
The state Senate in a 37-30 vote gave final approval Monday to a same-sex marriage bill. The state House passed the measure May 9. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed it Tuesday.
We say: The Justice Department's seizure of telephone records from The Associated Press, unprecedented in scope, undermines a healthy democracy.
Applause and protests greeted the congressman with the controversial budget proposals as he arrived Saturday at Benedictine College in Kansas for graduation ceremonies.
Alumni of a Catholic college in Kansas have objected to the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as the speaker at Saturday's graduation.