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California leaders are threatening Catholic colleges. Again.

Jun 28, 2016 - 03:02 am .- A bill that strips longstanding legal protections for religious colleges and universities is underway in the California legislature – and some say it will imperil Catholic education unless changes are made.

Here's what actually happens when you fight for conscience rights

Jun 24, 2016 - 06:24 am .- Every morning, Greg Stormans contemplates a Bible verse perched in a tiny frame above his bathroom sink, which his daughter handwrote: “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Jesuit appointed head of US religious freedom commission

Jun 23, 2016 - 05:00 pm .- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has a new chairman, and for the first time, the position will be held by a Catholic priest.  

Beware 'polite persecution,' archbishop warns

Jun 22, 2016 - 11:54 am .- With relics of two English martyrs currently touring the U.S., the Archbishop of Baltimore implored Catholics to follow their example by defending religious freedom.

Now touring America: two English saints who died for their faith

Jun 21, 2016 - 05:04 pm .- A relic tour currently taking place in the United States highlights the virtues of two English saints who stood up for conscience and paid the ultimate price.

Is the situation in Nigeria about to get much worse?

Jun 12, 2016 - 04:52 pm .- Nigeria is a ticking time bomb, with violence and discrimination threatening to tear the country apart and spread its existing refugee crisis throughout the region, a new report claims.

The Brooklyn brouhaha over Jewish women and swimming pools

Jun 7, 2016 - 04:49 pm .- A swimming pool in New York City has recently come under fire for its women-only swimming hours.

Concerns over religious freedom help sink LGBT bills

May 27, 2016 - 06:46 am .- Religious liberty was among the primary concerns that ultimately defeated controversial legislation aimed at enforcing an LGBT executive order twice this week.

Supreme Court sends more mandate cases back to lower circuits

May 24, 2016 - 05:30 pm .- After sending the Little Sisters’ HHS mandate case back to the circuit courts on May 16, the Supreme Court voided two more mandate cases with Catholic plaintiffs on Monday.

A bizarre ruling in Colombia bans civic prayer...and hugs

May 20, 2016 - 03:02 am .- In what's been labeled an “absurd” move, a judge in Colombia has banned prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start of Cartagena city council sessions as well as local educational institutions.

Both sides claimed victory in the Little Sisters' case. So now what?

May 18, 2016 - 05:11 pm .- While both sides say they are happy with the Supreme Court decision on the Little Sisters’ case, the long-term outcome remains to be seen, legal experts said.

How the Little Sisters find joy despite their ongoing court case

May 17, 2016 - 03:38 pm .- If you are a Christian, your life should not be a perpetual Lent – this was the message of the communications director for the Little Sisters of the Poor at a prayer breakfast on Tuesday.

You have the right to practice your faith, Pope Francis says in new interview

May 17, 2016 - 09:59 am .- In a new interview focused heavily on migration and dialogue with Islam, Pope Francis touched on growing concerns surrounding the hot-button topic of religious freedom.  

Breaking: Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court

May 16, 2016 - 08:53 am .- In a unanimous May 16 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has sent back to the lower courts a challenge to the federal contraception mandate raised by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

She was kidnapped by Boko Haram and escaped. This is her dream.

May 12, 2016 - 03:20 am .- “I have a dream of a safe Nigeria.” This is the hope voiced by one of the Nigerian schoolgirls who escaped captivity by the terror group Boko Haram, speaking before members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

How Christians in Syria keep the faith amid a civil war

May 5, 2016 - 03:20 pm .- In a Christian neighborhood inside war-torn Syria, a young boy was waiting to be discharged from a hospital after undergoing surgery. Suddenly the building shook from a bombing.

EWTN asks federal court to reconsider its HHS mandate case

May 4, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has asked a federal court to reconsider its ruling forcing the company to comply with the revised HHS mandate, based on an admission by the federal government in its brief before the Supreme Court.

Intervene in Christian genocide: 400,000 bring plea to UN

Apr 30, 2016 - 04:39 pm .- Advocates delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures to the United Nations on Friday, calling on the body to declare that genocide is occurring against Christians and other religious minorities.

Stories of ISIS victims are emerging, and they're unbelievably brutal

Apr 29, 2016 - 03:48 pm .- The stories were graphic, brutal and raw.

How will faith-based partners fare under new White House rules?

Apr 29, 2016 - 06:02 am .- The Obama administration’s new rule for faith-based partnerships has drawn various reactions: one observer warned they could cause problems for partnering religious groups, while another said the action also strengthens these groups’ protections against government abuse.

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