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Analysis: The Church in France must uphold the confessional seal

Oct 13, 2021

By Fr. Gerald Murray

The French bishops’ conference has seemingly tried to walk back the straightforward comments of the Bishop of Reims, who recently... Read more

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Catholic school students ask court permanently to bar Vermont from excluding them from tuition program

Oct 1, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A religious freedom law firm has filed a motion in federal court asking a judge to make permanent a preliminary... Read more

Religious sisters show their support for the Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court, where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016 in the Zubik v. Burwell case against the HHS Mandate.

The religious freedom cases the Supreme Court could hear – and refuse – this fall

Sep 20, 2021

By Matt Hadro

In addition to a critical abortion case, the Supreme Court this fall will consider multiple religious freedom cases on vocal... Read more

Hon. Beth Robinson, associate justice on the Vermont Supreme Court, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 14, 2021

Federal judicial nominee grilled over 1990s religious freedom case

Sep 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Multiple senators accused a judicial nominee of being hostile to religious freedom during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Read more

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

Sep 14, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

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

Sep 13, 2021

By Kate Olivera

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

Sep 10, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

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

Ján Figeľ, special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion outside the EU from 2016 to 2019, meets Pope Francis in 2018.

Jan Figel: ‘It’s a pity there is no EU religious freedom envoy anymore’

Sep 10, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Slovakian politician was the first person to hold the post. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court building, east side

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

Sep 9, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

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

Sep 8, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Sep 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Sep 3, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Aug 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Aug 13, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Aug 11, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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 

Aug 2, 2021

By Blanca Ruiz

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

Jul 22, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Jul 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

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

Jul 14, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

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

Jul 12, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

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