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Judge temporarily blocks New York vaccine mandate, lacking religious exemption, for medical workers

A federal court on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against a New York state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which disallowed... Read more

The door of St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon, Ca.

Bishops report 95 attacks on Catholic churches in US since May 2020

There have been at least 95 reported incidents of vandalism of Catholic churches across the United States since May 2020,... Read more

March for the Martyrs, Sept. 5, 2020

‘March for the Martyrs’ to raise awareness of Christian persecution

The second annual March for the Martyrs, an event to draw attention to global Christian persecution, will be held on... Read more

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Supreme Court halts execution of inmate requesting vocal prayer at his death

The Supreme Court late Wednesday evening halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate who had requested his pastor... Read more

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Charlotte diocese objects: Federal judge can't set employment standards for Catholic schools

The Diocese of Charlotte has said the law and religious freedom precedent are on its side, despite a federal judge’s... Read more

Christos Stylianides at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 30, 2014.

Catholic bishops’ commission laments EU religious freedom envoy vacancy

The special envoy has left months after taking up the role. Read more

Peter Vlaming

Fired over transgender pronoun mandate, Virginia teacher appeals to state supreme court

A Virginia teacher fired for not using the “preferred pronoun” of a self-identified transgender student has appealed his case to... Read more

Ali Ehsani.

An Afghan appeals to Pope Francis: Save a Catholic family stuck in Kabul

An Afghan Christian refugee whose parents were killed by the Taliban in the 1990s is appealing to Pope Francis to... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone receiving the gifts during Mass in 2021.

Social media being weaponized against religious freedom, Archbishop Cordileone argues

The archbishop of San Francisco has warned of the use of social media to promote a “new kind of fundamentalism”... Read more

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson during the 2021 Chrism Mass at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.

Federal court dismisses lawsuit against Indianapolis archdiocese

A federal district court on Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, filed by a former Catholic... Read more

Spanish Supreme Court rules divorced-and-remarried religion teacher must be reinstated 

Spain’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a religion teacher whose declaration of suitability to teach religion was withdrawn by the... Read more

Ninth Circuit favors Washington church in case against state abortion coverage mandate

A Washington church won its case against a state abortion coverage mandate on Thursday, in a ruling by a federal... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

Cardinal Dolan emphasizes hope amid global religious persecution

There is reason for hope for global religious freedom, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told an international gathering of... Read more

Tursunay Ziyawudun at the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C.

Uyghur survivor of China’s detention camps testifies to their brutality

A two-time survivor of China’s detention camps in Xinjiang described suffering physical and sexual violence at the hands of camp... Read more

Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago

Federal appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Archdiocese of Chicago

A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a hostile work environment lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago, citing a religious... Read more

Sudanese Church of Christ after apparent razing and looting in Um Bartumbu, South Kordofan, Sudan, June 16, 2012.

Advocate for Christians attacked in Sudan

Boutros Badawi, a Christian activist and advisor to Sudan’s Minister of Religious Affairs, was attacked recently in the Sudanese capital. Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Cardinal Dolan emphasizes shared goals in appearance with Mormon leader

Appearing alongside the Catholic Archbishop of New York, an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this... Read more

Mackenzie Scott donates millions to controversial group outspoken on Catholic issues, religious freedom

Several million dollars from the Amazon fortune of Jeff Bezos’ former wife Mackenzie Scott have funded a controversial multi-religious advocacy... Read more

Santa Cruz Chapel on Murdjajou mount in Oran, Algeria.

Religious freedom advocates warn that church closures are ‘wrong direction’ for Algeria

The closure of several Christian churches in Algeria, as well as court convictions of Christians for undermining Muslim beliefs, are... Read more

Religious freedom advocates express optimism after Fulton decision 

Religious freedom advocates on Monday applauded a recent Supreme Court decision, arguing it heralds a positive outlook for religious freedom... Read more