The bishops recommended replacing the practice with alternative detention programs that would give back immigrants their dignity and due process.
Sr. Helen Prejean said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is "genuinely sorry for what he did" and told her how he felt about the suffering he caused to the bombing's victims.
Virginia's bishops called on Catholics in the state's two dioceses to step up to change the debate about the use of the death penalty.
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington said it was time to shift the conversation from who should be executed and how to execute people to why the death penalty continues to be applied, especially when other means to protect society without taking a human life exist.
The American Civil Liberties Union wants the Department of Health and Human Services to provide records related to government policies on abortion and contraception access for unaccompanied and refugee children.
The organization filed a lawsuit in April against the HHS and the Administration for Children and Families under the Freedom of Information Act seeking the records on policies regarding children in the custody of the government or various grant recipients.
"What was a humanitarian crisis at our border last summer is now a due process crisis in our courts."
The president will be part of a meeting of 120 civic, religious and political leaders hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life.
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.