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The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

European bishops call for inclusion of Christian principles in Europe

Mar 22, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The bishops bemoaned what they see as the political and institutional marginalization of Christian voices. Read more

Interior of the Scottish Parliament building.

Scotland’s controversial new hate crime law set to come into effect April 1

Mar 19, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

The new law creates a new crime of stirring up hatred against any of the protected groups covered by the... Read more


Survey: Slight decrease in gay marriage support, uptick in religious freedom support in U.S.

Mar 13, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The American Values Atlas survey of more than 22,000 Americans found that support for homosexual marriage declined slightly in 2023... Read more


Court rules Christian nonprofit does not have to cover gender transition

Mar 8, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

“We are overjoyed our members will not have to choose between the biblically based employee benefits and quality health care... Read more

View of a recreation of an El Chipote prison cell during a photography exhibition of the victims of state repression in Nicaragua and their families, at the Hall of Former Presidents of the Costa Rican Congress in San Jose, on Nov. 5, 2021.

‘Insulted, beaten, imprisoned’ Nicaraguan priest details persecution

Jan 31, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

“If I’m here, it’s not because I wanted to fly to Washington to enjoy three days off with paid travel,”... Read more

Security forces guard St. John’s Catholic Church in Youhanabad, Lahore, Pakistan, in 2019.

Pakistan ends mandatory Islamic studies for non-Muslim students

Jan 26, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Pakistan is ending its mandatory study of Islam for non-Muslim children in first through 12th grade and implementing a new... Read more

Vandalism of a pro-life display outside St. Paul Catholic Church in Fenton, Missouri on Oct. 3, 2023.

Religious Americans’ lives possibly at risk in 2024, new report by U.S. bishops says

Jan 16, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The State of Religious Liberty in the United States report released annually by the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty decries... Read more

Republican presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks with EWTN News on Jan. 8, 2024.

DeSantis highlights social conservative policy achievements, priorities 

Jan 10, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

In an interview with EWTN News, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis highlighted his record of social conservative policy wins and agenda... Read more

Participants in the 2023 National Youth Pilgrimage to the Christ the King statue high atop Cubilete in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

Young people to make pilgrimage to Christ the King shrine for religious freedom in Mexico

Jan 3, 2024

By Diego López Colín

With the theme “We ask for citizen participation, we demand religious freedom,” thousands of young Catholics are preparing to make... Read more

A crowd prays the rosary in Madrid, Spain, on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, patron saint of Spain, Dec. 8, 2023.

PHOTOS: Rosary for Spain prayed in more than 100 cities on feast of Immaculate Conception

Dec 12, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

People joined in praying the rosary for Spain on Dec. 8, asking for Mary’s intercession in the nation and in... Read more

The Austrian Parliament building is lit red as part of the international "Red Week" in honor of persecuted Christians across the globe.

‘Red Week’: Buildings and monuments across the world lit red in honor of persecuted Christians

Nov 24, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Buildings, monuments, and hundreds of churches across the world are being lit up in red throughout November in honor of... Read more

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

Religious persecution is threat to U.S. national security, experts tell Congress

Oct 26, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

In testimony to the House Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, experts said that religious... Read more


U.S. bishops mark 25th anniversary of International Religious Freedom Act

Oct 26, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The bishops called the 1998 law a “landmark” piece of legislation meant to protect the “essential and inviolable” principle of... Read more

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s unicameral legislative body, located in Kiev.

Ukraine Parliament advances bill seen to ban Russia-linked Orthodox church from country

Oct 24, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The law is widely seen as targeting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC). Read more

A Dutch church closed because of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

COVID on the rise again: Which states now protect churches from closure?

Sep 15, 2023

By Jonah McKeown, Zelda Caldwell

CNA compiled data on which states now protect houses of worship as “essential” and which do not. Check out our... Read more

Catholics from Vietnam at Mass with Pope Francis in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Sept. 3, 2023.

Catholics in Vietnam ask Pope Francis to visit their country next

Sep 7, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Vietnam is home to millions of Catholics, yet no pope has ever visited the southeast Asian country. Read more

Pope Francis stands beside Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh in Sukhbaatar Square in front of the State Palace in Ulaanbaatar on Sept. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis: ‘Mongolia is a symbol of religious freedom’

Sep 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called Mongolia a “symbol of religious freedom” in his first speech in the Asian country sandwiched between China... Read more

Félix Maradiaga, a former presidential candidate in Nicaragua and president of the Foundation for the Freedom of Nicaragua, in June 2021.

Exiled Nicaraguan opposition leader to help make criminal case against Daniel Ortega

Aug 30, 2023

By Julieta Villar

Félix Maradiaga’s visit is part of a strategy to consolidate international pressure against the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua. Read more

Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj walks past Republican Guards as he arrives before his meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Nov. 19, 2015, in Paris.

Mongolia’s former president lauds country’s promotion of religious freedom

Aug 30, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Mongolia is a nation where religious freedom and respect for human life are “fundamental” values, the country’s former president says. Read more


Court orders lawyers for Southwest Airlines to take religious freedom classes

Aug 8, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The court stated that “training on religious freedom ... is the least restrictive means of achieving compliance with the court’s... Read more