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Youth are dying for a challenge โ€“ give them one, US bishops told

Nov 10, 2014 - 11:46 am .- Young people are “crying out” for a challenge, and the Church must answer through saintly witness, the apostolic nuncio to the United States insisted to the nation's bishops on Monday.

Christian couple reportedly burned alive, Pakistan urged to respond

Nov 5, 2014 - 04:35 am .- The reported killing of a Christian couple in Pakistan by a mob on Tuesday has sparked calls for the nation's government to protect its people, and especially its minorities.

A quiet threat: Religious freedom dwindling in Europe, US

Nov 4, 2014 - 04:24 pm .- Religious freedom is at risk in Europe and has been increasingly suppressed in the United States over the course of the past year, according to a new report.  

Faith in the time of annexation: A tough choice for Crimea's Church

Nov 4, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there – aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – are facing persecution, and restrictions on their ministry.

Mandate revisions not enough - district court grants injunction to Ave Maria

Oct 29, 2014 - 02:07 am .- A federal court in Florida has granted Ave Maria University preliminary protection from the federal contraception mandate, which the school has challenged on religious freedom grounds.  

Want to prevent threats like ISIS? Religious freedom key, official says

Oct 27, 2014 - 05:35 pm .- Promoting religious freedom abroad is vital for U.S. national security interests in preventing the rise of threats such as ISIS, said the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday.  

Religious freedom deteriorating, but don't despair, official says

Oct 22, 2014 - 12:57 am .- Although religious freedom conditions around the globe are worsening, Americans should see this fact as a cause for motivation rather than despair, said a leading scholar on the issue.  

Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

Oct 20, 2014 - 12:28 pm .- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies.  

From bad to worse โ€“ religious persecution growing in China

Oct 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.  

Still doesn't cut it, bishops say on latest mandate tweak

Oct 11, 2014 - 06:44 am .- Despite another wave of changes to the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops’ conference says that the regulation still fails to respect religious freedom.    

Amid mounting religious freedom threats, role of laity highlighted

Sep 10, 2014 - 04:35 am .- As domestic religious freedom threats reach unprecedented levels, the lay faithful must play an active role in promoting and defending religious liberty, said speakers at a recent conference.  

Promoting religious freedom is 'root' of Middle East peace

Sep 9, 2014 - 04:29 pm .- Encouraging robust religious freedom is a critical foundation for peace and stability in the Middle East, said panelists discussing the ongoing violence facing Christians in the region.  

Obama Administration moves forward in challenging Little Sisters

Sep 9, 2014 - 03:34 pm .- The Obama Administration has announced that it will continue its legal fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor over the contraception mandate, which religious liberty advocates say is still unconscionable.  

Supreme Court asked to defend Seal of Confession in La. case

Sep 6, 2014 - 07:32 am .- The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the Seal of Confession.  

Obama admin. drops appeals in three for-profit mandate cases

Sep 4, 2014 - 04:47 pm .- Religious freedom advocates are voicing hope as the Obama administration drops its appeal in three lawsuits involving for-profit companies that object to the federal contraception mandate.  

Archbishop: Be vigilant against US religious freedom threats

Aug 27, 2014 - 11:48 am .- Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to remain on guard of their own freedoms, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.  

Adjustment to HHS mandate met with initial disappointment

Aug 22, 2014 - 04:55 pm .- Religious groups have voiced concern over the latest set of suggested changes to the federal contraception mandate, while saying they will examine the proposals fully in order to give an in-depth response.  

Three US states back EWTN religious liberty lawsuit

Aug 5, 2014 - 12:49 pm .- Alabama, Georgia, and Florida each filed legal briefs on Monday in support of EWTN in a lawsuit over the HHS mandate, saying the federal rule unjustly and illegally burdens the network’s religious freedom.

Bishops urge conscience protection for child welfare agencies

Aug 1, 2014 - 05:18 pm .- Three committee chairmen of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference are strongly supporting a new bill that protects the conscience rights of child welfare agencies.

Religious freedom nominee's record prompts worry

Jul 31, 2014 - 05:10 pm .- The announcement that Rabbi David Saperstein is being tapped as the next U.S. ambassador for global religious freedom has drawn concern based on his recent statements on the issue at home.

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