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Catholic Benefits Association appoints first-ever CEO

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:07 pm .- When hospitals are struggling financially, they bring in Douglas G. Wilson, Jr. to turn around their fortunes.

Could two new laws suffocate the Catholic Church in DC?

Feb 7, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- The U.S. bishops and several other Catholic and pro-life groups are asking Congress to nullify two new Washington, D.C. laws that they say could choke their ability to operate according to their religious beliefs.  

NASCAR, Obama, religious freedom: This year's DC prayer breakfast

Feb 5, 2015 - 05:16 pm .- Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast brought together representatives of varied faith backgrounds in the nation’s capital to pray and hear testimonies on the importance of faith.

The irony in anti-discrimination – why Catholic bishops won't back ENDA

Feb 5, 2015 - 04:16 am .- Even with religious freedom provisions added, LGBT discrimination laws are unlikely to draw support from Catholic bishops because they could in fact lead to discrimination against religious groups, analysts explained.  

EWTN to appeals court: religious freedom at stake in HHS mandate case

Feb 4, 2015 - 02:20 pm .- A federal appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether the EWTN Global Catholic Network should be required to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of its religious convictions.

Appeals court to hear EWTN contraception mandate case Feb. 4

Feb 3, 2015 - 01:20 pm .- On Wednesday, Feb. 4, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear oral arguments in a case brought by EWTN Global Catholic Network against the federal contraception mandate.

Assisted living centers defeat HHS mandate in court

Jan 29, 2015 - 04:56 pm .- A federal court has permanently barred the Obama administration from enforcing the federal contraception mandate against the group of Evangelical-owned senior citizen and assisted living centers.  

A tale of two cakes: Colorado's far-reaching religious freedom fight

Jan 28, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- The battleground for religious freedom is currently the soft, frosted tops of cakes in Colorado.

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.

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