As Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican today for the last time as pope, some Catholics in central New York were taking note. A mass of Thanksgiving at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Syracuse marked the end Pope Benedict's ministry.
As Election Day approaches, is there such a thing as a catholic vote? Catholics make up a quarter of the voting electorate, but they don't vote in lockstep. Roman Catholic teachings can take a Catholic voter to both ends of the political spectrum.
The Republican federal budget proposal is being targeted by a Washington-based movement called Nuns on the Bus. Earlier this month, a group of nuns and others from local faith communities traveled around Syracuse in a school bus to spread their message in solidarity with the movement.
The Roman Catholic Church is using the two weeks running up to the Fourth of July for prayer and advocacy as it continues it's fight against the federal Health and Human Services Department mandate that would force some Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage that includes contraception.
The Roman Catholic Church continues it's opposition to the Affordable Care Act clause that requires employers to pay for birth control, a practice the church opposes. But the fight has gone beyond the confines of the Catholic Church.