Same-sex marriage ruling settles one legal question, leaves many others

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the Supreme Court June 26 ruled that marriage licenses cannot be denied to same-sex couples nationwide, it may have settled one legal issue, but it left many more unanswered questions, particularly in the realm of religious objections.

RU-486 abortion pill can be reversed, says physician

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- While the annual number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped from a high of 1.6 million in 1990 to about 1.06 million today, the number of chemical abortions through the use of the RU-486 pill has increased and now represents about 25 percent of all abortions.

Hammer-sickle crucifix raises eyebrows during pope's visit to Bolivia

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (CNS) -- When Bolivian President Evo Morales gave Pope Francis a crucifix atop a hammer and sickle, eyebrows were raised, including the pope's. But, as Morales explained, the cross was created by Jesuit Father Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 after being active in the country's pro-democracy movement.