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Religious sisters show their support for the Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court, where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016 in the Zubik v. Burwell case against the HHS Mandate.

The religious freedom cases the Supreme Court could hear – and refuse – this fall

In addition to a critical abortion case, the Supreme Court this fall will consider multiple religious freedom cases on vocal... Read more

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University of Iowa 'targeted' Christian group, lawyers argue

Lawyers representing a Christian group kicked off of a college campus over its religious beliefs have said they are confident... Read more

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Christmas comes early in Indiana with nativity scene court case

An Indiana town is defending its Christmas display in court this summer, after a traveller through the area claimed she... Read more

Bishop Donald J. Hying. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Madison diocese says it will sue over religious restrictions

Attorneys representing the Diocese of Madison sent a letter to Dane County and City of Madison officials on Wednesday, June... Read more

Bishop Peter Baldacchino celebrates Mass on Holy Thursday.

New Mexico governor says churches can reopen at 25% capacity

New Mexico has agreed to apply the same reopening criteria to churches as it does to retail businesses, after the governor... Read more

Mayor Bill de Blasio.

NYC mayor threatens 'permanent' closure of churches defying coronavirus ban

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday, March 27 threatened to “permanently” shut down houses of worship that... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court will hear Philadelphia Catholic foster care case

The Supreme Court will decide if the city of Philadelphia was correct to terminate its relationship with Catholic Social Services... Read more

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Support for religious freedom still strong despite culture wars

A new report by a leading legal group claims that, despite deep division and polarization in the U.S., there is... Read more

Former congressman and failed senate candidate Robert Francis O'Rourke.

Tax churches that oppose gay marriage, Democratic candidate says

A Democratic candidate for president has said religious institutions should be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor after oral arguments in a lawsuit over the contraception mandate.

Little Sisters of the Poor to defend contraception exception against lawsuits

The Little Sisters of the Poor are expected back in court Thursday to ask for protection against a lawsuit seeking... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Catholic Social Services launch new appeal to Supreme Court

Lawyers representing Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia are appealing to the Supreme Court after the agency was stripped of its... Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court rejects appeal to make Texas bishops release abortion communications

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Texas Catholic Conference et al, in... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court in March, 2016 , for the Zubik v. Burwell case.

Judges block Little Sisters' religious exemption from contraception mandate

Judges in California and Pennsylvania have issued injunctions against a Trump administration rule that would allow the Little Sisters of... Read more

Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Trump administration announces new conscience exemptions for contraceptive mandate

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and... Read more

Foster parents join Philadelphia’s Catholic Social Services in discrimination lawsuit

A group of foster parents and social workers appeared in court on Wednesday, asking that the city of Philadelphia rescind... Read more

Legal challenge to abortion drug mandate draws allies

Foes of federal rules requiring free insurance coverage of abortion-causing drugs and devices have filed legal briefs in support of... Read more