Kathryn Lopez

Posted March 08, 2014

My predominant memory from a year ago this week was the rain. There was a ceaseless downpour everywhere in Rome. I was among the influx of media there to cover the coming election of a new pope.

Posted February 11, 2014

The president of the United States invoked the pope during his annual speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. It was not the first time, and it won't be the last. As a political matter, it makes sense.

Posted February 01, 2014

"Compassion is harder to accept than condemnation when you feel as disgusting and horrible as I do," Ryan Loskarn wrote before he took his own life.

Posted January 28, 2014

Their rally signs were pink. That was the first indication of their bold tactics. Typically, pink is the color reserved for Planned Parenthood. Then there is the ubiquitous pink of Komen, the breast-cancer advocacy group that seems to operate in the shadow of Planned Parenthood and the shrill politics of the sexual-empowerment agenda.

Posted January 05, 2014

Mark Ruffalo is a mainstay of the contemporary "rom-com" genre of movies. He's also one of NARAL Pro-Choice America's favorite actors, due to his his abortion activism.

Posted December 07, 2013

Posted November 29, 2013

'Tis the season for charity -- all the world's inspired by the Christmas spirit once Thanksgiving comes around. You can't help but wonder about the rest of the year, though.

Posted November 24, 2013

Mexico City -- Children giggle with hysterical joy as drops of holy water hit them. A handicapped man in pain groans, reaching for the hope that is so palpable here. A pregnant woman takes in a little of the peace of this place, even in the midst of all the noise.

Posted November 10, 2013

"He was just kind of left by himself," a friend of Richard Shoop commented to reporters.

Posted November 02, 2013

It was irresistible. On Halloween, The Drudge Report highlighted a Washington Post interview with the author of "The Exorcist." William Peter Blatty had used the word "demonic," and now there atop Drudge was a photo of Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Posted October 26, 2013

"What matters?" It's a question Charles Krauthammer, psychiatrist-turned-Pulitzer-winning columnist, asks in the first sentence of his new book, a memoir-ish collection. The book is called "Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics." He explains how the working title for the book had originally been "There's More to Life than Politics" and was going to include just about everything but politics. Naturally, though, a man who "left a life in medicine for a life in journalism devoted mostly to politics" couldn't disengage.

Posted September 28, 2013

Who needs religious freedom? It's a necessary, if often unasked, question.

Posted September 14, 2013

If Bret Baier ever needed an excellent excuse to get out of something, he had one on Sept. 10.

Posted August 31, 2013

"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will," Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

Posted August 10, 2013

As we face decisive junctures as a culture and country and challenges about who we are as a people, it's good to have leaders paving the way, providing prayer and charity, leadership and partnership. What an example to follow.

Posted August 03, 2013

"People won't remember what you said as much as how you made them feel."

Posted July 27, 2013

"The only way to survive here is to become a drug dealer. The lucky ones drive cabs and don't have to," Donovan explained to me. He is groundskeeper at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Posted July 20, 2013

I confess I've been doing some yelling at the TV. I keep hearing that we have to have a "national conversation on violence" in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Posted July 13, 2013

"Couldn't we have one?" That was Chuck Todd's question as he hosted his political geek show, "The Daily Rundown," on MSNBC one recent morning.

Posted July 06, 2013

I made the mistake of walking away from my computer after hitting "play" on a Youtube video. All of a sudden, the room was filled with hails to ... Satan. This was the comeback from some Wendy Davis fans outside the Texas statehouse to opponents of the Texas legislator's attempts to kill a bill that would restrict some abortions (20 weeks and later) in the state.