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Sudanese Christian woman released again

Jun 27, 2014 - 04:16 pm .- Meriam Ibrahim – a Christian woman who had previously been sentenced to death in Sudan for her faith – has been released after another detention for accusations of forging travel documents.

Discrimination order sparks fears over religious liberty

Jun 24, 2014 - 04:57 pm .- While affirming the dignity of every human person, Catholic and family advocates are voicing concern over reports of an anti-discrimination executive order that could undermine religious freedom.

Archbishop: Church must be free to imitate Christ through service

Jun 23, 2014 - 05:09 pm .- In seeking religious liberty, Catholics are seeking the freedom to serve in response to Christ’s love in the Eucharist, said the archbishop of Baltimore at the start of the 2014 Fortnight for Freedom.

Religious freedom serves those in poverty, says Archbishop Lori

Jun 19, 2014 - 02:40 am .- Days before the start of the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, CNA spoke with Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who heads the U.S. bishops' religious liberty committee, to discuss religious freedom in America today.

EWTN to appeal after 'troubling' HHS mandate ruling

Jun 17, 2014 - 05:36 pm .- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced that it will appeal a June 17 ruling that would require it to facilitate products and procedures that go against Church teaching.

Illinois nuns take legal action against bordering strip club

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:44 am .- The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo have taken legal action against a giant “adult entertainment” club built in their backyard – despite state law which prohibits such facilities within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.

European court narrowly affirms Catholic religious freedom

Jun 13, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Although the European Court of Human Rights has allowed a bishop to set standards for Catholic religion teachers in Spain, some say the threat of government interference still gives cause for concern.

US bishops unanimously reauthorize religious liberty group

Jun 11, 2014 - 01:38 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted to reauthorize its Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty for a second three-year term.

Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate

Jun 5, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.

Blasphemy laws present in nearly one-quarter of world's countries

Jun 5, 2014 - 12:10 am .- Laws punishing acts of blasphemy or apostasy against certain religions are present in almost one-fourth of the world’s countries, said a U.S–based religious research group. 

Doubts raised over release reports of Christian woman in Sudan

Jun 2, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- A government official in Sudan is denying claims that a Christian woman sentenced to execution for her faith may soon be freed.

Lawyer: Colo. baker forced to choose between faith, work

May 30, 2014 - 05:10 pm .- A commission’s ruling that Colorado baker Jack Phillips must bake same-sex “wedding” cakes forces him to choose between violating his conscience and supporting his family, the baker’s lawyer said.

US government asked to defend global religious freedom

May 24, 2014 - 04:04 pm .- The U.S. should actively promote religious liberty, a critical right that forms a foundation for a healthy society, the head of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom told members of Congress.

Christian woman in shackles after 'apostasy' death sentence

May 22, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- Protest is mounting in the case of a pregnant Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Sudan for not renouncing her faith, as her husband recently found her shackled to the wall of her cell.

Under pressure to convert, Zanzibar Christians concerned for future

May 21, 2014 - 02:17 am .- Members of the small Christian minority on the Tanzanian islands of Zanzibar are suffering intimidation and now fear that their children will be coerced to convert to Islam, one resident said.

Report shows 'egregious' religious freedom violations in Syria

May 6, 2014 - 04:05 pm .- The U.S. government should designate Syria as a “country of particular concern” due to “particularly severe violations of religious freedom” in its ongoing conflict, a global religious liberty group said.

Church bulldozing in China prompts religious freedom worries

May 6, 2014 - 01:57 pm .- Chinese authorities’ bulldozing of a large Protestant church shows the need for greater respect for religious freedom in the country, a U.S. congressman has said.

Supreme Court upholds freedom to pray at public meetings

May 5, 2014 - 04:38 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5 upheld the practice of voluntary prayer before public meetings by a 5-4 ruling, drawing praise from those who said such prayers are a long American tradition that avoids censoring religion.

Legal groups offer free analysis in wake of Mozilla head's resignation

May 3, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- After the resignation of a Silicon Valley CEO following an uproar over his defense of marriage, two firms are providing free legal analysis to anyone suffering at work for opposing a redefinition of marriage.

FOCUS grateful for injunction against contraception mandate

Apr 30, 2014 - 04:19 pm .- The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has welcomed a federal court’s injunction against the HHS mandate that the student missionary organization says threatens the freedom of religious ministries.

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Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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