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Swiss voters narrowly back ban on burqa, niqab as religious leaders voice concern

Swiss voters have narrowly approved a proposal to religious facial coverings in public nationwide. Though the move will affect a... Read more

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Supreme Court allows religious speech violation lawsuit to continue

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that government officials can be held personally liable for religious freedom violations.  Read more

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Despite denials, HHS nominee Xavier Becerra sued to take away nuns' religious freedom rights

Xavier Becerra, US president Joe Biden’s nominee for HHS secretary, did indeed sue to take away the religious exemptions for... Read more

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Bishops voice concern over treatment of religion in Irish reopening plan

As Ireland marks the first anniversary of the novel coronavirus arriving, local Catholic bishops are calling for the government to... Read more

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Opponents of campaign finance bill say it presents pro-life, religious liberty concerns

An campaign finance bill under consideration in the House could present grave concerns for religious liberty, an opponent of the... Read more

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Leading Christian adoption agency changes policy, will now work with same-sex couples nationwide

A leading Christian adoption agency will now work with same-sex couples looking to foster or adopt children, in a change... Read more

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Iowa religious freedom bill sets 'highest standard' for government, backers say

An effort to restore strong religious freedom protections in Iowa has the backing of the state Catholic conference and others... Read more

Vancouver archbishop asks officials to ease ban on religious services

As religious services in British Columbia are still shut down by government orders, a Catholic archbishop is asking the government... Read more

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House passes Equality Act, which bishops warned would ‘punish’ religious groups

The House on Thursday passed the Equality Act, a bill that the U.S. bishops have warned would trample religious freedom... Read more

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Health secretary nominee: 'I have never sued any nuns'

On Wednesday, President Biden’s health secretary nominee defended coercive contraceptive and abortion coverage mandates against Catholic nuns, claiming he had... Read more

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How a religious White House office could promote the common good—or politicize religion

As President Joe Biden re-established a key White House faith-based office last week, former political liaisons to religious groups commended... Read more

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Masterpiece Cakeshop attorney: No, religious freedom for wedding vendors isn’t harmful

Ahead of a significant Supreme Court case that could determine whether Catholic adoption agencies can stay open in the U.S.,... Read more

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USCCB: Equality Act would ‘punish’ religious groups opposed to gender ideology

The U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) has come out in opposition to the Equality Act, which was introduced in the U.S.... Read more

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French National Assembly passes anti-extremism bill proposing stricter rules for religion

The French National Assembly has passed a bill that backers say will counter extremism and separatism, especially among French Muslims.... Read more

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Scottish Christian leaders join in opposition to proposed Hate Crime law

The Catholic bishops of Scotland, along with several other Christian groups, are speaking out against a proposed “hate crimes” law... Read more

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San Francisco archbishop: State can't close churches, 'science' is on our side

Government officials cannot shut down religious services as “non-essential” during the pandemic—particularly when they are contradicting the “science” in doing... Read more

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New book collects Carl Anderson's speeches on religious liberty

A recently published work collects speeches, articles, and essays by Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus,... Read more

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Archdiocese of Chicago to court: Let parishes choose their staff

Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Chicago argued before the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday that parishes should be free to choose... Read more

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Supreme Court rebukes California's strict coronavirus rules for churches

California’s strict coronavirus rules banning indoor worship were blocked and revised by a U.S. Supreme Court injunction late Friday night,... Read more

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Australian ‘conversion therapy’ ban has dangerous flaws, say religious leaders

A proposed ban on “conversion therapy” for sexual orientation or gender identity in Australia’s Victoria state is far too broad... Read more