(CNN) - A host of Republicans considering 2016 presidential bids, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, will attend a conference for religious conservatives starting Thursday, with a notable exception: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie was invited to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's two-day "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, Republicans with knowledge of the invitation said.
Christie's team declined, citing a scheduling conflict.
(CNN) - During a more than two-hour meeting at the White House on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden asked leaders from across the faith community to keep up pressure on lawmakers to support compromise background check legislation even as Congress begins to shift its focus to immigration reform, according to several attendees who spoke to CNN.
Biden urged the roughly 20 faith leaders in attendance not to be discouraged by recent legislative failures, and instead assured them that the White House had not given up.
Washington (CNN) – As the Supreme Court considers two major same-sex marriage cases that could change marriage in the United States, religious leaders on both sides of the debate believe they are on God's side of the contentious issue.
In the months leading up to this week's Supreme Court hearings, religious leaders from across the country have held prayer vigils and rallies for their respective causes.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - American Catholics are very enthusiastic about the choice of Pope Francis to head the Roman Catholic Church, according to a new national survey.
But a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that you shouldn't expect them to pay any more attention to the new pope's teachings on issues like birth control than they paid to his predecessors.
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner, the highest-ranking Catholic on Capitol Hill, said he was invited to attend the formal installation of Pope Francis with Vice President Joe Biden, but declined the offer.
Boehner said in a statement he "would like to be able to join the trip" but his schedule would not allow it.
(CNN) - As cardinals gather at the Vatican to elect a new pope, President Barack Obama said he believes U.S. politics wouldn't stand in the way of an American pope doing his job.
"It seems to me that an American pope would preside just as effectively as a Polish pope or an Italian pope or a Guatemalan pope," the president said in an interview that aired Wednesday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Washington (CNN) - American Catholics woke up Monday to the news that the head of their church, Pope Benedict XVI, would resign at the end of the month "because of advanced age."
As they react to the news, it seems most Catholics in this country had a favorable impression of their spiritual leader, according to the most recent national polling on the issue.
Washington (CNN) – Employing faith, whether calling for nationwide prayer or healing the nation by quoting scripture, is a presidential tradition as old as the office itself.
The nation’s first president, George Washington, was also the first to call for a National Day of Prayer, one of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” to “acknowledge the gracious interpositions of Providence.”FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Evangelical advocates for immigration reform are taking a page from the New Testament, specifically the Book of Matthew.
An organization called the Evangelical Immigration Table has organized 193 churches and ministries in 39 states and the District of Columbia to hold a prayer challenge in support of immigration reform, according to the group. The Table does not endorse a Republican or Democratic immigration reform policy, but simply asks congregants to consider Christian principles as they think about the lives of undocumented immigrants.
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden and officials on his gun violence committee held an unannounced meeting Wednesday evening with a group of 12 national faith leaders.
One theme brought up by several participants was the "moral tragedy" reflected in the gun violence the nation has seen over the past several months.