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Could a US priest face jail for refusing to break confession seal?

Jan 21, 2015 - 05:03 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail.

Beard meets religious freedom in distinctive Court decision

Jan 20, 2015 - 09:30 am .- In a rare unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Muslim prisoner in Arkansas must be allowed to grow his beard for religious reasons.

A long vacancy: Controversial religious freedom diplomat takes helm

Dec 15, 2014 - 07:19 pm .- The U.S. Senate voted 61-36 on Friday to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as the next U.S. Ambassador at-large for International Religious Freedom.

Prisoners of conscience remembered on Human Rights Day

Dec 11, 2014 - 04:36 am .- On International Human Rights Day, advocates drew attention to prisoners of conscience around the world who are being detained for their beliefs.

Conscience rights for DC religious schools threatened by city vote

Dec 10, 2014 - 07:10 pm .- The Washington D.C. city council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades.

Catholic profs told to report opposition to 'gay marriage' as harassment

Dec 9, 2014 - 04:03 am .- An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory.

Little Sisters in court: Don't stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

Dec 8, 2014 - 05:30 pm .- The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying.

Washington state matchup: Religious liberty vs. Plan B

Nov 26, 2014 - 02:27 am .- Washington state regulations cannot constitutionally require pharmacies and pharmacists to dispense abortion-causing contraceptives, said lawyers leading a legal challenge to the rules.  

Democracy and rights in Burma? Not without religious freedom

Nov 14, 2014 - 03:28 pm .- The U.S. must make religious freedom a top priority with Burma if there is hope for the southeast Asian country to make progress as a rights-based democracy, said a leader in religious liberty.  

Religious freedom battle 'daunting,' but bishops urged to persist

Nov 12, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- The leader of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee encouraged his fellow bishops not to lose heart, but to place their trust in God, in the ongoing battle for religious liberty.  

Youth are dying for a challenge – give them one, US bishops told

Nov 10, 2014 - 11:46 am .- Young people are “crying out” for a challenge, and the Church must answer through saintly witness, the apostolic nuncio to the United States insisted to the nation's bishops on Monday.

Christian couple reportedly burned alive, Pakistan urged to respond

Nov 5, 2014 - 04:35 am .- The reported killing of a Christian couple in Pakistan by a mob on Tuesday has sparked calls for the nation's government to protect its people, and especially its minorities.

A quiet threat: Religious freedom dwindling in Europe, US

Nov 4, 2014 - 04:24 pm .- Religious freedom is at risk in Europe and has been increasingly suppressed in the United States over the course of the past year, according to a new report.  

Faith in the time of annexation: A tough choice for Crimea's Church

Nov 4, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there – aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – are facing persecution, and restrictions on their ministry.

Mandate revisions not enough - district court grants injunction to Ave Maria

Oct 29, 2014 - 02:07 am .- A federal court in Florida has granted Ave Maria University preliminary protection from the federal contraception mandate, which the school has challenged on religious freedom grounds.  

Want to prevent threats like ISIS? Religious freedom key, official says

Oct 27, 2014 - 05:35 pm .- Promoting religious freedom abroad is vital for U.S. national security interests in preventing the rise of threats such as ISIS, said the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday.  

Religious freedom deteriorating, but don't despair, official says

Oct 22, 2014 - 12:57 am .- Although religious freedom conditions around the globe are worsening, Americans should see this fact as a cause for motivation rather than despair, said a leading scholar on the issue.  

Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

Oct 20, 2014 - 12:28 pm .- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies.  

From bad to worse – religious persecution growing in China

Oct 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  

Still doesn't cut it, bishops say on latest mandate tweak

Oct 11, 2014 - 06:44 am .- Despite another wave of changes to the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops’ conference says that the regulation still fails to respect religious freedom.    

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