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An inspector had deemed the Catholic chapel’s sanctuary candle a fire hazard.

UPDATE: Feds back off demand that Catholic hospital extinguish chapel candle

May 5, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Federal government regulators backed off their demands that a Catholic hospital extinguish its chapel candle. Read more

HHS has ordered the Catholic hospital to extinguish the tabernacle candle (pictured) and its chapel.

HHS orders Catholic hospital to snuff out chapel candle or lose its accreditation

May 4, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic hospital system in Oklahoma is contesting federal officials’ demand that it must extinguish an enclosed tabernacle candle in... Read more

A participant in the Women's March event Jan. 18, 2020, in San Francisco holds a "Pass the Equal Rights Amendment" sign while marching.

Catholic bishops praise Senate’s blocking of ERA, cite abortion, religious freedom concerns

Apr 28, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Catholic bishops praised senators who stood their ground Thursday to prevent efforts to enshrine the Equal Rights Amendment in the... Read more

Governor Kevin Stitt (R-OK) attends a roundtable at the White House in Washington, DC June 18, 2020.

Oklahoma bill expanding religious freedom to government contracts heads to governor’s desk

Apr 27, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Legislation that would expand religious freedom protections passed both chambers of the Oklahoma Legislature and now heads to the governor’s... Read more


Abandoned at the border: Priest tells how he was expelled from Nicaragua during Holy Week

Apr 11, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Father Donaciano Alarcón described how the authorities leveled unfounded accusations against him, took him to the border with Honduras, and... Read more


Journalist in Nicaragua arrested for reporting on Holy Week

Apr 10, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Organizations defending freedom of the press in Nicaragua are demanding the release of Víctor Ticay, a Nicaraguan journalist who was... Read more


National Archives signs agreement to ensure free speech at museum after alleged pro-life discrimination

Feb 16, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The agreement comes in response to a lawsuit filed after several people were asked by National Archives Museum staff to... Read more

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce

Charges dropped, for now, against woman arrested for praying silently outside UK abortion clinic

Feb 3, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce says the charges still could be revived, leaving her in an ambitious legal situation. Read more

Twelve students from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Greenville, South Carolina, and their chaperones wore blue pro-life stocking caps that said “Rosary Pro-Life” to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum after they attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2023.

Smithsonian staff kick out Catholic students for wearing pro-life hats

Feb 2, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Twelve students from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Greenville, South Carolina, visited the Air and Space Museum after... Read more


Alabama governor adds another layer of protection to religious freedom

Jan 25, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

“As governor, I will always protect the rights of Alabamians and ensure they are free to exercise their beliefs as... Read more


Maryland Catholic hospital discriminated by denying transgender surgery, federal judge rules

Jan 11, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A federal judge has ruled against a Catholic-founded hospital in Maryland, contending that it discriminated in refusing to perform a... Read more


Priest decries lack of religious freedom in Cuba

Dec 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Alberto Reyes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Camagüey, Cuba, charged in a Dec. 14 Facebook post that there... Read more

European Court of Human Rights.

European Court of Human Rights condemns Bulgaria for discriminating against Christians

Dec 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday condemned the government of Bulgaria for violating the right to religious freedom... Read more


Biden’s transgender mandate suffers second big loss in appellate court

Dec 9, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Biden administration may not force Catholic organizations and medical professionals to perform gender-transition surgeries or provide insurance coverage for... Read more


Americans overwhelmingly support right to practice religion, new survey says

Dec 9, 2022

By Peter Pinedo

Becket’s “2022 Religious Freedom Index,” released Dec. 7, showed a substantial increase in support for “religious pluralism.”  Read more

Lorie Smith, owner and founder of 303 Creative, at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court hears free speech case of artist who objects to same-sex weddings

Dec 5, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Lorie Smith’s case — 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis — for nearly two... Read more


Contest seeks to fill Mexico with Nativity scenes in response to attempt to ban them

Nov 18, 2022

By David Ramos

The contest proposes that Mexicans “place Nativity scenes on public property and send photographs to our social media.” Read more


Arkansas’ narrow defeat of religious freedom proposal has a backstory

Nov 14, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

As of Friday, 50.43% of voters rejected Issue 3, the Arkansas Religious Freedom Amendment. Read more

Raphael, “St. Michael Vanquishing Satan,” 1518

‘Hands off my statue’: How this French group hopes to save St. Michael the Archangel

Oct 11, 2022

By Solène Tadié

The recent decision of a French Court of Appeal to confirm the removal of a statue of St. Michael the... Read more

Dr. Richard Scott

UK doctor investigated for praying with patients calls on Christians to ‘stand up and fight’

Sep 30, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

A Christian doctor has appealed to Christians in professional life to “stand up and fight” after he faced investigation for... Read more