Pope Francis on Tuesday called for an end to racism against migrants and pushed the U.S. to offer greater protection for young children entering the country illegally.
Most Christians don't approve of President Barack Obama right now, but he gets high ratings from Muslims and other minority religious groups.
It's not because of their religion, though.
Obama's level of popular approval matches Americans' political party ties, not their religious identity, age or almost any other demographic characteristic, said Jeffrey Jones, managing editor of the Gallup poll.
"These children and families have journeyed to our country, fleeing violence and destitution in Central America. ... They are exhausted, afraid and clinging to hope."
The 5-4 decision broke new legal ground by extending religious rights -- or religious personhood -- to closely held for-profit corporations.
We say: Perhaps it is only through future cases that the country will learn whether this ruling is narrow or "a decision of startling breadth."
Column: "The demographics of the nation, and the electorate, are changing rapidly and the American public as a whole support immigration reform."
Global Sisters Report: When the pressures of poverty and violence become too heavy, people risk moving to someplace they perceive to be better. Here's how to help.
Commentary: Religious leaders set off a firestorm when they requested a religious exemption in the president's planned executive order banning discrimination by government contractors.
The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Attorney General Sean Reyes decided to leapfrog the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver after a three-judge panel last month upheld a lower-court ruling and declared that the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process extend to gay men and lesbians who want to marry. It was the first time a federal appeals court had ruled on the issue.
Although immigration reform in the U.S. has been labeled politically dead, a group of Catholic organizations met with the aim of reviving the issue.