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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

The Catholic chapel in El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia. The airport announced Aug. 26, 2022, that the space would be modified and used as a place “where all religions will be welcome.”

Authorities reach agreement to reopen Catholic chapel at Colombian airport

Sep 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

The management company that operates the airport had previously announced that the chapel was going to be converted into a... Read more

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Ortega dictatorship expels another religious congregation from Nicaragua

Sep 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

The dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua has expelled the Religious Sisters of the Cross, thus continuing its attacks... Read more

A proposal to convert the Catholic chapel located in the capitol building where Colombia’s Congress meets into a “neutral place of worship” is “persecution of the Catholic Church,” said Father Raúl Ortiz.

Priest calls attempt to close Colombia Capitol building chapel ‘persecution of the Church’

Sep 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

A congressman has proposed to convert the Catholic chapel located in the capitol building where Colombia’s Congress meets into a... Read more

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Court bars California from forcing conscientious objectors to participate in assisted suicide

Sep 7, 2022

By Katie Yoder

A federal district court ruled Sept. 2 that California — temporarily — cannot force medical professionals to participate in assisted... Read more

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Teacher who refused to use students’ preferred pronouns settles lawsuit against school district

Sep 1, 2022

By Edie Heipel

A Kansas middle school teacher will receive $95,000 from her school district, which tried to force her to comply with... Read more

Bishop of Fontibón, Colombia, Juan Vicente Córdoba laments in an Aug. 29, 2022, video that the chapel of the El Dorado International Airport, located in his diocese, was forced to close despite the fact that there was an agreement until the year 2037.

Bishop: Those who closed Colombia airport chapel will ‘have to give an account to God’

Sep 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

The private company that manages El Dorado International Airport announced Aug. 26 the closure of the Catholic chapel and its... Read more

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USDA exempts religious schools from LGBT rule change threatening free lunch funds

Aug 31, 2022

By Edie Heipel

The department published a memo that includes an exception for schools to “be exempt on religious grounds if there is... Read more

The former Catholic chapel in El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia. The airport announced Aug. 26, 2022, that the space would be modified and used as a place “where all religions will be welcome.”

Colombian authorities dismantle Catholic chapel at airport, sparking controversy

Aug 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The El Dorado International Airport announced Aug. 26 that the space used as a Catholic chapel will be modified and... Read more

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HHS can’t force Catholic hospital network to perform abortions, gender transitions, court says

Aug 27, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A federal appellate court on Friday blocked a push to force doctors to perform abortions or sex-reassignment surgeries. Read more