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Faith on the football field โ€“ Fargo high school stands up for religious freedom

Nov 16, 2015 - 05:23 pm .- A Catholic high school in North Dakota believes prayer is at the heart of every activity – even a football game. 

US bishops met with Obama yesterday. Here's what they talked about.

Nov 14, 2015 - 02:45 pm .- Leading Catholic bishops met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday and had a discussed a number of issues including religious liberty, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops confirmed.

Supreme Court to hear HHS mandate case for Little Sisters, other non-profits

Nov 6, 2015 - 12:20 pm .- The Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate brought by numerous non-profit groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Advocates chide US โ€“ stop ignoring religiously-motivated violence

Oct 28, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- The U.S. must recognize all causes of religious freedom abuses around the world – including religious motivations where they exist, experts told members of Congress Tuesday.  

Catholics in Cuba call on government to remove religious restrictions

Oct 23, 2015 - 03:47 pm .- Through one of its media outlets, the Havana archdiocese has called on the Cuban government “to definitively remove the restrictions that weigh down upon all religious institutions, and allow them to freely carry out their work.”

Spain's socialist party would ban religion classes โ€“ even in private schools

Oct 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- As Spain prepares for its general election in December, Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the nation's socialist party, has said that if elected his government will pull religion courses from both public and private schools.

With release of religious freedom report, global watchdog gets funding renewal

Oct 20, 2015 - 04:50 pm .- President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill reauthorizing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, ending a period of speculation about the future of the religious freedom watchdog.

In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedom

Oct 1, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Citing Pope Francis, the U.S. bishops are urging lawmakers act quickly to pass a bill that would reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose mandate expired yesterday.

Pope Francis reportedly met with Kim Davis, offered support

Sep 30, 2015 - 08:47 am .- Embattled county clerk Kim Davis met with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. last Thursday, her lawyer has told multiple media outlets.

For Pope Francis, it's imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.

Sep 26, 2015 - 03:41 pm .- In a Philadelphia moment laden with symbolism, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged all Americans and all religions to unite against efforts that would limit religious freedom.

Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

Sep 26, 2015 - 01:45 pm .- Pope Francis met with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at Philadelphia's Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution debated and adopted, this afternoon. Please find below the full text of his address:

Francis defended religious liberty in word and deed, Archbishop Lori says of DC visit

Sep 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm .- Pope Francis’ defense of religious freedom at the White House on Wednesday was “hugely significant,” said the chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.

Little Sisters get temporary relief while Supreme Court mulls taking case

Aug 21, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- The Little Sisters of the Poor have received temporary protection from the federal contraception mandate until the Supreme Court decides whether or not it will hear their case.

LGBT grant-maker wants to win religious liberty fight within three years

Jul 29, 2015 - 12:31 am .- A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years.

Will religious Boy Scout troops be tolerated when ban on gay leaders ends?

Jul 27, 2015 - 05:08 pm .- The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. While the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic warns the move will expose churches to further pressure.

Court: Family-run pharmacy must carry Plan B despite religious objections

Jul 24, 2015 - 04:47 pm .- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so.

Last hope: Little Sisters of the Poor appeal to Supreme Court

Jul 23, 2015 - 10:09 am .- After a federal appeals court ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor must obey the federal contraception mandate, the sisters have announced that they are appealing to the Supreme Court.

Bible publisher wins permanent victory over HHS mandate

Jul 19, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- A Bible publisher based in Illinois has won its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, with a final ruling delivered July 15 by a federal district court.

Disappointment follows ruling against Little Sisters in mandate case

Jul 14, 2015 - 11:29 am .- The Little Sisters of the Poor have reiterated their commitment to following their conscience as they care for the poor and dying, following a federal appeals court ruling that they must obey the federal contraception mandate.

Controversial HHS mandate accommodation now finalized

Jul 10, 2015 - 01:18 pm .- In its latest update to the federal contraception mandate, the Obama administration on Friday finalized a set of proposed rules which the U.S. bishops have previously said still violate religious freedom.

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