At his general audience April 29, Francis came out publicly and unequivocally in favor of equal pay for women and men.
Eco Catholic: Climate change deniers are increasingly running into true believers in big business and the Pentagon.
Americans of all stripes bemoan political polarization. For people who claim to derive their political values from their religious traditions, polarization raises vexing questions. More than perhaps any other group, faithful Catholics struggle to reconcile their church's teachings with the platforms of the two major parties.
The Obama administration's policy of detaining immigrant women and children seeking asylum in the U.S. could soon end.
Opinion: An ultimate question of our faith rests in whether and how we remember Jesus in the condemned of our past and present.
Everyone wants Congress to stop fighting and get working, and that includes Pope Francis, a top adviser said Wednesday in a preview of the pope's upcoming U.S. trip.
The Argentine-born pope has never been to the United States, but he will make history in September as the first pope to address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Capitol Hill.
"The pope will come humbly but will talk clearly," Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a top adviser to Francis, told an audience at Georgetown University.
Becoming a father was a prime motivator for Randy Berry to accept what's sure to be a controversial new role at the State Department.
Berry, 50, is the U.S. special envoy for the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, the first such post created by a nation, according to the State Department.
In that trailblazing role, he said, he has an opportunity to help his two children grow up in a world more accepting than the one he was born into.
Advocates both for and against same-sex marriage milled about in front of the Supreme Court building, looking for a place to stake a claim for their viewpoint.
The questions raised by Supreme Court justices as they considered Tuesday whether they should rule that same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide covered a gamut of rights concerns -- religious, equal protection, states' ability to enact their own laws.
In two and a half hours of oral arguments, the line of questions and the answers by attorneys representing both sides made clear that all concerned recognize the potential for the court's ruling to be history-making.
Polling shows that most Americans want their president to be religious. An atheist candidate does not — if you’ll excuse the pun — “have a prayer.”