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Nuns of the Little Sisters of The Poor rally outside the Supreme Court (PA)

The nuns are one of several groups arguing that contraceptive mandate would oblige them to violate their consciences

Fr Paul Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, speaks during the funeral Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington (AP)

The Mass for the long-serving Justice of the Supreme Court was celebrated by one his nine children

Pallbearers carry the casket of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia up the steps at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington (CNS)

Friends and admirers of the late justice shared their thoughts about him after Saturday’s funeral Mass

Visitors walk past the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 15. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA)

Margo Thelen and Rhonda Mesler have been battling the issue in court since 2007

Supporters of traditional marriage rally in front of the US Supreme Court in June (CNS)

Expressing same-sex marriage opposition ‘could put Catholic organisations at risk’

The US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

The legal case will be the first on abortion that the high court has taken in eight years

Archbishop Gregory Aymond is one of the signatories to the letter (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).

A group of religious leaders have urged the Supreme Court to halt the execution of Rodricus Crawford in Louisiana

The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi hold a photo of their mother (CNS)

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws claim jurisdiction over those who are not Muslim, which is simply outrageous

Protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi in Lahore in 2010 (CNS)

Ms Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 after a row over drinking water

Justice Anthony Kennedy (PA)

The Church has in the past five decades stressed the importance of ideas that cluster around the phrase ‘human rights’ – in doing so, it has dug a hole for itself