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Bishops' charge to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Jul 30, 2014 - 04:41 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul.

Court allows 9/11 cross to remain standing at Ground Zero

Jul 29, 2014 - 11:38 am .- Rejecting arguments from an atheist group, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that the iconic cross found at the site of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks may remain at the 9/11 Museum.

Bishops: Executive order is flawed approach to discrimination

Jul 21, 2014 - 04:47 pm .- Leading U.S. bishops voiced strong criticism of an “unprecedented and extreme” new executive order, saying that it adds to discrimination problems rather than finding real solutions to them.

Ramadan fasting ban in China draws criticism

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- A Chinese province’s ban on the observance of the Ramadan fast among Muslim university students ignores the importance that religion can have for its followers, an American Muslim religious freedom advocate said.

Senate rejects bill to end employer conscience protections

Jul 16, 2014 - 03:36 pm .- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that opponents warned would have stripped conscience protections for businesses, drawing a response of cautious relief.

Senate bill would strip conscience protections, bishops warn

Jul 15, 2014 - 08:01 pm .- Leaders of the U.S. bishops have issued a strong rebuke of a Senate bill that would deny conscience rights to employers in the field of health coverage.

Cardinal Dolan slams anti-Catholic NY Times ad

Jul 8, 2014 - 04:14 pm .- A New York Times ad criticizing Catholic Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom case is part of a long history of anti-Catholic bigotry in the U.S., Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has said.

Call for religious exemption from ENDA draws diverse support

Jul 3, 2014 - 04:50 pm .- A diverse group of religious leaders – including some who worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign – are asking for a religious exemption to a controversial discrimination rule.

Wave of religious freedom rulings follows Supreme Court decision

Jul 2, 2014 - 08:22 pm .- In the days following a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom in the workplace, several lower courts have issued decisions protecting religious liberty in similar circumstances.

DC cardinal recalls faith of early US Catholics

Jul 2, 2014 - 04:03 pm .- Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl exhorted the faithful to be “vigilant” in protecting their God-given religious liberty, invoking the faith of the first U.S. Catholics.

Religious leaders support law used in Hobby Lobby ruling

Jul 2, 2014 - 04:14 am .- Religious leaders from several Christian churches and Jewish organizations have reaffirmed their “staunch support” for the federal religious freedom protections cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision.

Legal experts: Hobby Lobby ruling may have broad implications

Jul 1, 2014 - 05:06 pm .- While the full impact of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Hobby Lobby may not yet be clear, legal scholars said that it has the potential to be used in future religious freedom cases.

Christian doctors encouraged but cautious after Court ruling

Jul 1, 2014 - 03:48 pm .- A Christian doctor’s organization celebrated the Supreme Court’s recent religious freedom ruling, while at the same time cautioning that threats to religious liberty remain. 

Hobby Lobby ruling draws renewed commitment from Congress

Jul 1, 2014 - 04:20 am .- The Supreme Court’s highly anticipated ruling on the federal contraception mandate has prompted a renewed enthusiasm from lawmakers on both sides of the religious freedom debate.

Hobby Lobby ruling lauded as 'big win for freedom'

Jun 30, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- Religious liberty advocates are applauding a Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal contraception mandate for some for-profit companies, while asking that protection be ensured for non-profit groups as well.

EWTN granted emergency relief from contraception mandate

Jun 30, 2014 - 01:15 pm .- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has secured temporary emergency relief against the federal contraception mandate one day before it would have gone into effect.

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.

Ultimate freedom means choosing the good, bishop says

Jun 29, 2014 - 04:01 pm .- Bishop James Conley joined other religious leaders in Lincoln, Neb. for a prayer service for religious liberty, reminding those present that choosing goodness is what constitutes ultimate freedom.

EWTN files for emergency mandate relief with Supreme Court

Jun 27, 2014 - 05:44 pm .- The EWTN Global Catholic Network has filed a motion for emergency relief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for an injunction to bar enforcement of the federal contraception mandate.

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.

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