Obama highlights religious freedom in National Prayer Breakfast speech
Sarah Pulliam Bailey , Religion News Service

Facing criticism that he does not give religious freedom enough attention, President Obama devoted most of his National Prayer Breakfast address to the issue, naming people imprisoned for their beliefs and calling out specific nations.

On Abortion Rates: Good News and Cause for Reflection
Richard M. Doerflinger, Public Discourse

American abortion rates are falling significantly. Although the Guttmacher Institute tries to hide the chief causes of this trend, cutting through the spin reveals that pro-life laws and attitudes help reduce the abortion rate and the abortion ratio.

Praise the Lord and pass the beer, change is brewing among American Christians
Brett McCracken, CNN

Something is brewing among American Protestants, and it has a decidedly hoppy flavor.

Pope Francis faces church divided over doctrine, global poll of Catholics finds
Michelle Boorstein and Peyton M. Craighill, Washington Post

Most Catholics worldwide disagree with church teachings on divorce, abortion and contraception and are split on whether women and married men should become priests, according to a large new poll released Sunday and commissioned by the U.S. Spanish-language network Univision. On the topic of gay marriage, two-thirds of Catholics polled agree with church leaders.