(RNS) A 2011 rip from the spokeswoman of the leading GOP contender is starting to get some pushback– but that may not hurt Trump, at least in the early nominating states that have fewer Catholic voters.
(RNS) If Capitol Hill were a bar, tonight’s guest list for the State of the Union address might sound like the start of a joke. But there’s a serious message.
(RNS) With comments to Congress on abolishing the death penalty and by declaring a “right of the environment” at the United Nations, the pontiff may be pushing the envelope on Catholic doctrine — not that anyone will admit it.
(RNS) “Pope Francis will clarify that he never said he wants to abolish the market, but that he said the market needs a purification,” according to a Vatican official who has seen earlier drafts of the highly-anticipated talk.
(RNS) Looks like American conservatives and Obama critics are more upset than anyone else. “I would love to visit and talk to gay and lesbian people,” Francis said recently.
(RNS) The encounter may spark another round of heated speculation about what it signals about Francis’ intentions – a change in church policy or doctrine? Or nothing more than an act of kindness toward an aging rebel who continues to bless divorced and gay couples and others on the church’s margins?
The Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon acknowledges that he did research using tissue from aborted fetuses. He says that’s OK, but anti-abortion ethicists disagree.
(RNS) The release of a series of undercover Planned Parenthood videos has sparked a return to the anti-abortion strategy of using graphic language and images rather than gentler persuasion. But will it work?
WASHINGTON (RNS) How will U.S. political leaders welcome Pope Francis when he makes his first visit to the U.S., and the nation’s capital? Part of the answer may have emerged when House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on “Face the Nation” earlier this month.