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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

Former U.S. postal worker Gerald Groff believes his religious freedom was violated when heh was reprimanded for refusing to work on Sundays.

U.S. bishops praise Supreme Court’s unanimous Groff v. DeJoy religious freedom decision

Jun 30, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The ruling favoring a Christian postal worker’s religious freedom rights “breathed life back” into a major civil rights law. Read more

U.S. Capitol viewed through the columns of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Decision expected Friday in Christian wedding website designer case

Jun 29, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

303 Creative LLC v. Elenis is one of four cases the Supreme Court has yet to decide before its term... Read more


Mexican bishops demand respect for religious freedom, secular state in Nativity scene case

Jun 28, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation in Mexico will debate a case this week about prohibiting Nativity scenes... Read more

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five years.

‘Spiritually transformative’: Nun recalls Mali captivity in new religious freedom report

Jun 28, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

The Colombian nun narrated her experience in the foreword of the 2023 edition of the Religious Freedom in the World... Read more


Religious freedom report shows dangerous trends in the West

Jun 27, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The 2023 Religious Freedom in the World report released by Aid to the Church in Need highlights dangerous trends within... Read more


High school graduate wins religious freedom essay contest telling story of ‘Little Li’

Jun 26, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Sofia Cornicelli’s winning entry told the story of an 11-year-old girl in 1950s Communist China and her devotion to the... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

New report: More than 50% of people live in a country with serious religious persecution

Jun 22, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The 2023 Religious Freedom in the World annual report reveals that 4 billion people live in nations where religious persecution... Read more


UK Christian mom wins appeal after being fired from school job for social media posts

Jun 20, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

Kristie Higgs shared the posts after learning that the school where she worked and where her child attended planned to... Read more

A mixed-income and affordable housing redevelopment located in Memphis, Tennessee.

U.S. bishops urge Congress to make housing affordable

Jun 15, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The bishops urged Congress to invest in programs to make housing affordable and to ensure faith-based organizations have religious freedom... Read more

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