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Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2019.

Cardinal: Danish bill requiring translation of homilies threatens religious freedom

A cardinal said on Friday that a proposed law in Denmark requiring the translation of all homilies into Danish is... Read more

Trump admin proposal a last-ditch effort to offer religious groups SBA loans

A proposal made on the last day of the Trump administration would make religious businesses eligible to receive loans from... Read more

Court: Vermont can’t exclude Catholic school student from college tuition program

A federal court of appeals has sided with a Catholic high school student who challenged a State of Vermont policy... Read more

Report: North Korea, Nigeria among the worst countries for Christian persecution

For the twentieth year in a row, North Korea tops the list of countries where Christians face oppression, according to... Read more

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China deemed a top religious freedom concern in 2021

China remains a primary human rights concern in 2021, a federal religious freedom commissioner told CNA this week.  Read more

Austrian court strikes down ban on Muslim headscarves in schools

A ban on headscarves for elementary school students was discriminatory and unconstitutional because it singled out Muslim girls' headscarves, the... Read more

Christ the King at St Etheldreda's, London.

How ought Catholics engage in politics?

As Catholics consider their engagement with the world, including politically, they should consider what kind of society should be built... Read more

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Supreme Court declines school’s transgender bathroom case

The Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal against an Oregon school district policy allowing students to use... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan.

Christian aid group applauds investigation into forced conversions, marriages in Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into the forced conversion of women and girls from the country’s... Read more

California State Governor Gavin Newsom.

Supreme Court vacates ruling on California church closures

The Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by California churches against the state’s coronavirus restrictions, sending the case back to... Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron.

French president presses Muslim leaders to embrace 'republican values'

In the wake of several suspected Islamist attacks in France this year, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked the country’s... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone during a June 27 prayer service in Golden Gate Park.

Archbishop Cordileone: New COVID church closures violate right to worship

As surging COVID-19 cases lead to new restrictions in the San Francisco area, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said the treatment of... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China claims papal critique over Uyghurs has 'no factual basis at all'

Following Pope Francis’ mention in passing of the Uyghurs as persecuted in a new book, the Chinese foreign ministry said... Read more

President-elect Joe Biden.

What Biden foreign policy picks mean for religious freedom

President-elect Joe Biden announced several foreign policy appointments to his cabinet on Monday, including a nominee for Secretary of State.... Read more

Christian leaders challenge mandatory church closures during England’s second lockdown 

A group of Christian leaders is challenging orders to shut down churches in England and Wales, saying the move violates... Read more

Catholics protest coronavirus restrictions under which public Masses are banned, Nov. 15, 2020, in Versailles.

'We want Mass': Catholics in France protest ban on public worship

Catholics in France gathered outside churches in multiple cities this weekend calling on the government to allow them to attend... Read more

Government restrictions on religion reach new peak, Pew Research Center says

Government restrictions on religion are at their highest since tracking began in 2007, the Pew Research Center has said in... Read more

Delaware agrees to treat church services neutrally in settlement over COVID restrictions

The governor of Delaware has settled a federal lawsuit over church-related COVID-19 restrictions, which he had imposed at the start... Read more

Samuel Alito.

Religious freedom becoming 'second tier right' warns Supreme Court Justice

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has spoken of his concern that religious liberty is under threat in the United States.... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court hears arguments in Philadelphia adoption case

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court heard arguments on a Pennsylvania adoption case, as senior U.S. bishops warned of the... Read more