VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Paul VI, who guided the Catholic Church through a tumultuous period of change in the 1960s and 70s, took a crucial first step toward possible sainthood when Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Dec. 20) recognized his predecessor’s “heroic virtues.” By Alessandro Speciale.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) A federal appeals court in St. Louis on Wednesday temporarily blocked the enforcement of the 2010 health care reform law's contraception mandate while a St. Louis business owner appeals a lower court's ruling. By Robert Patrick.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) All those stories about Mitt Romney's White House bid and his Mormon faith educated millions of observant Americans about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Still, some “understandings” remain misunderstandings — and many views of the religion continue to be skewed, exaggerated or flat-out wrong. Here are 12 persistent myths about Mormonism. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.
(RNS) The Obama administration's policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Wednesday — a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings from conservatives. By David Gibson.
(RNS) Compared to Hispanic Americans, black Americans are far more likely to believe abortion should be legal in most circumstances, even when they personally reject the procedure as immoral. By Lauren Markoe.
(RNS) A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid the controversial policy mandating that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage. By David Gibson.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative religious and political groups held rallies across the U.S. on Friday to protest the Obama administration's assault on “religious freedom” in a new plan to mandate that employers provide contraception coverage for employees. By Chris Lisee.
WASHINGTON (RNS) From Southern Baptist leader Richard Land to Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, the consensus at a high-profile conservative summit on “religious liberty” is that the Obama administration has it out for religious people. By Lauren Markoe.
(RNS) Tensions between the Archdiocese of Washington and Georgetown University are escalating ahead of an commencement address by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. By David Gibson.
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred lapsed Catholics were asked what issues they would raise with the bishop. He would have gotten an earful. By Peggy McGlone.
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While challenges to President Obama's contraception rule could take the form of legal and legislative assaults, the White House and the Obama re-election campaign are comfortable with the revised rule, believing most Americans — and particularly most women — are on their side.
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