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NBA 'unreasonable' in moving All Star game from North Carolina

Jul 22, 2016 - 02:49 pm .- The National Basketball Association’s decision to pull its all-star game from Charlotte, North Carolina over the state’s bathroom bill has drawn criticism from those who say the decision is hypocritical.

Where are the values at the Republican National Convention?

Jul 21, 2016 - 04:58 pm .- As the 2016 Republican National Convention draws to a close, some Catholics are concerned about a perceived lack of priority given to pro-life, marriage, and religious freedom issues in the GOP.

US bishops throw support behind conscience protections on marriage

Jul 14, 2016 - 12:44 am .- Two leading U.S. bishops have spoken out in favor of a proposed law which would ensure federal religious freedom protections to individuals and faith-based organizations who disagree with same-sex marriage.

Will new 'civil rights' silence churches? In Iowa, the fear is real.

Jul 9, 2016 - 06:44 am .- An Iowa church fears the state civil rights commission could penalize it for preaching and following its views on homosexuality and transgender issues – including penalties for single-sex bathrooms.  

Court rules Christian Mingle must allow LGBT couples

Jul 6, 2016 - 03:02 am .- A California court ruled last week that ChristianMingle and it’s affiliate faith-based dating websites must allow LGBT singles to search and be matched with people of the same gender.

Saints, martyrs and the cross – Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

Jul 6, 2016 - 12:42 am .- As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero and St. Junipero Serra made an appearance at the Los Angeles cathedral.

Why one bishop thinks you should be a 'footnote' for Christ

Jul 5, 2016 - 12:19 pm .- On America’s 240th Independence Day, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh called on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth that is Christ.

The story behind the Catholic Church in the United States

Jul 4, 2016 - 12:22 pm .- Both the Catholic Church and the tradition of religious freedom can trace their roots in the United States to the earliest days of the founding of Maryland, says a new documentary premiering on EWTN over the Fourth of July Weekend.  

ACLU targets grants for pro-life groups that aid migrants

Jun 30, 2016 - 12:01 am .- Catholics and other groups that receive grants to care for immigrants are in the sights of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.

'An ominous sign' – Supreme Court refuses to hear Washington pharmacy case

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:11 am .- The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a conscience rights case raised by pro-life pharmacy owners came with a stark warning from the three dissenting justices who voiced concerns about the future of religious liberty in the U.S.

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.

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