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Supreme Court upholds religious freedom for Hobby Lobby

Jun 30, 2014 - 08:17 am .- On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers cannot be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs.

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.

Pope Francis decries persecution of Christians

Jun 20, 2014 - 02:03 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday lamented continued persecution against Christians and other religious believers, encouraging scholars and governments to defend religious liberty.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Service to poor will be focus of 2014 Fortnight for Freedom

Apr 29, 2014 - 04:01 pm .- The U.S. bishops have announced a third Fortnight for Freedom to encourage prayer and awareness of religious liberty, with a particular focus on how it enables service to the poor and vulnerable.

Congressmen support legal challenges to HHS mandate

Mar 27, 2014 - 02:29 pm .- Pro-life members of the House of Representatives spoke out in support of the Green and Hahn families after they argued in front of the Supreme Court in defense of their religious liberty rights.

Supreme Court justices divided on HHS mandate argument

Mar 25, 2014 - 03:49 pm .- As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments touching on religious freedom and for-profit companies Tuesday, the justices seemed divided over support for corporations or the government.

Contraception mandate case argued at US Supreme Court

Mar 25, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a challenge to the Affordable Care Act touching on the federal government’s compelling for-profit companies to provide coverage for contraceptives despite owners’ religious objections.

Malaysian ministry bans use of term 'Allah' by non-Muslims

Mar 8, 2014 - 08:09 am .- The Home Ministry of Malaysia has banned the use of the word “Allah” in a children’s comic book, continuing disputes over non-Muslims’ ability to use the word.

Religious freedom essential for global human rights, panel says

Mar 4, 2014 - 04:54 pm .- Experts at a recent panel talk in Washington, D.C., suggested that while religious freedom has become a respectable component of foreign policy, serious concerns remain on a global scale.

Religious liberty threats pose 'real danger' in Indonesia, Burma

Sep 19, 2013 - 01:22 am .- The persecution of religious minorities in both Indonesia and Burma pose dangers not only to the two countries, but to the region and the world, says a human rights advocate who specializes in the area.

Court: Christian photographers cannot refuse gay ceremonies

Aug 27, 2013 - 12:03 am .- The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a small Christian-owned photography business does not have the right to decline on religious grounds to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony.

Military archbishop welcomes religious freedom coalition

Jul 16, 2013 - 05:02 pm .- Archbishop Timothy Broglio has welcomed a coalition for religious freedom in the U.S. military as legislation aiming to protect religious belief and action among service members advances in Congress.

Report sees new hostility to religion in US military policy

Jul 11, 2013 - 02:02 am .- The Family Research Council has reported a “growing hostility” to religion in the U.S. armed forces, including “concerted efforts to scrub the military of religious expression.”

Laity must help restore religious liberty, Cardinal Wuerl says

Jul 4, 2013 - 02:05 pm .- To renew respect for religious freedom in society, the Church needs lay people who live out their religious beliefs with love, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.

Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

Jul 2, 2013 - 05:18 pm .- More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those who oppose the demands of the controversial HHS mandate.

Lincoln bishop: strengthen faith to restore religious freedom

Jul 2, 2013 - 12:07 am .- The recent threats against religious freedom are an opportunity for the faithful to grow closer to God through prayer, fasting and penance, said Bishop James C. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., in a recent column.

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