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Patriarch: Work with Muslims to promote religious freedom

Dec 15, 2013 - 01:35 pm .- The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling on the faithful to reach out to Muslims in order to foster a common understanding of religious liberty and cooperation in supporting it.

Pa. sexual orientation bill could 'coerce' Catholic institutions

Dec 13, 2013 - 02:19 am .- Legislation introduced in Pennsylvania to prevent discrimination could end up prohibiting Catholic schools from requiring teachers to abide by Catholic teaching, religious freedom advocates in the state are warning.

Pope urges Egyptian Christians to 'Be strong, do not fear!'

Dec 9, 2013 - 06:41 am .- Pope Francis concelebrated his daily Mass this morning with the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, offering prayers for peace, and renewing his call for religious freedom throughout the Middle East.

Notre Dame, FOCUS lawsuits challenge contraception mandate

Dec 5, 2013 - 12:06 am .- Lawsuits from the University of Notre Dame and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students are challenging the HHS mandate for forcing them to violate Catholic teaching or face crippling fines.

'No sense' in ACLU suit against bishops, law professor says

Dec 4, 2013 - 04:41 pm .- A lawsuit against the U.S. bishops for teaching Catholic hospitals not to perform direct abortions ignores religious freedom protections and laws, a legal expert has said.

Protecting religious liberty serves the poor, archbishop says

Dec 4, 2013 - 04:18 am .- Religious freedom is an important component in aiding those in need, and imposing upon religious liberty harms groups that work for social justice, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

Lawsuit against US bishops wrong on abortion, doctor says

Dec 3, 2013 - 05:44 pm .- A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said.

'Intensifying' religious freedom threats show need to evangelize

Nov 27, 2013 - 04:06 am .- In the face of growing restrictions on religious expression, Catholics must be able to explain the place of religious liberty in public life, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

Supreme Court to hear for-profit contraception mandate cases

Nov 26, 2013 - 05:11 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases challenging the controversial federal contraception mandate, filed by for-profit businesses and their owners on the grounds of religious freedom.

Doctor warns that religious identity in healthcare at risk

Nov 26, 2013 - 04:11 am .- The president of the leading Catholic healthcare system in the U.S. has revealed that the requirements of the HHS mandate are a great threat to the company’s ability to continue serving those most in need.

Pa. Catholics granted injunction against contraception mandate

Nov 23, 2013 - 06:56 am .- An injunction against the federal contraception mandate granted to a group of non-profit Catholic organizations in Western Pennsylvania has been hailed as a key win for religious liberty.  

Social media campaign calls for pastor's release from Iranian prison

Nov 22, 2013 - 12:38 pm .- More than 3,000 people used social media on Nov. 21 to call for the release of a pastor imprisoned in Iran, as part of a new campaign to support the pastor, a U.S. citizen and convert to Christianity.  

Court rebukes administration's 'narrow' religious liberty view

Nov 15, 2013 - 04:12 am .- The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Obama administration’s defense of the HHS mandate is “unsound and extraordinary” for contending that business owners cannot have religious freedom protections.

Bishops extend initiative for life, marriage, religious liberty

Nov 12, 2013 - 01:23 pm .- The U.S. bishops have voted overwhelmingly to continue their “Call to Prayer” aimed at the promotion of life, marriage and religious freedom.

Cardinals: poverty, religious freedom are part of Church's social message

Nov 12, 2013 - 01:52 am .- Pope Francis’ message of concern for the poor is one that is echoed in the U.S., as part of a robust Catholic social teaching that cares for immigrants, the unborn and the religiously persecuted, said two cardinals.  

Catholic principal says Quebec rule prohibits teaching faith

Nov 4, 2013 - 12:20 pm .- The province of Quebec is moving towards a “closed secularism” that will harm the ability to teach Catholicism in high schools, says a principal leading a legal challenge against regulations of religion classes.

Costa Rica court: Church has right to speak on social issues

Oct 30, 2013 - 04:09 pm .- Costa Rica's Electoral Supreme Court has said that the Church has the right to speak about social and moral issues, proclaiming its teaching freely in order to inform the nation’s voters.

Suit challenges HHS mandate on social justice grounds

Oct 11, 2013 - 05:14 pm .- The owner of a U.S. manufacturing business is filing an appeal to the Supreme Court over the HHS mandate, both because it violates his religious beliefs and because it interferes with his ability to treat his workers justly.

Bishops push for conscience protections in government funding

Sep 30, 2013 - 01:04 pm .- Leaders of the U.S. bishops have written to lawmakers insisting on the importance of including religious liberty protections and the conscience rights of health care workers as part of government funding negotiations.  

Manhattan Declaration draws renewed commitment, prayers

Sep 26, 2013 - 05:03 pm .- Advocates of life, marriage and religious liberty united in New York on Wednesday to pray together and reaffirm their dedication to advancing foundational Christian principles of justice and the common good.

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