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Matt Smith, president of Catholic Advocate.

Catholic group launches 'virtual vigil' for religious freedom

A Catholic grassroots organization in the nation’s capital is organizing a virtual march for religious freedom to accompany the Fortnight... Read more

Rita Joyce, Carter Snead, and Michael Scaperlanda.

Legal experts say HHS dispute pits government against God

The HHS contraception mandate shows the federal government asserting its own authority as a “rival” to God, legal scholars warned,... Read more

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

Archbishop Gomez rejects 'capitulation' to HHS mandate

With the nationwide Fortnight for Freedom event beginning today, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles said that any compromise... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Defense of Church requires revival of faith, Archbishop Chaput says

While defending their freedom in public life, Catholics must also renew the Church spiritually, starting in their own lives, Philadelphia... Read more

John Gehring of Faith in Public Life.

Leaked e-mail shows media campaign against US bishops

A leaked e-mail shows that the Democratic-leaning organization Faith in Public Life is running a behind-the-scenes media effort to undercut... Read more

Maureen Malloy Ferguson and Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association.

Group releases suggestions for Fortnight for Freedom activities

The Catholic Association has released a 14-point “action plan” for those who want to participate in the “Fortnight for Freedom”... Read more

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.

Knights of Columbus files comment against altered HHS mandate

The Knights of Columbus has filed a formal comment with the Department of Health and Human Services asking the Obama... Read more

Cardinal Dolan contrasts true freedom, 'culture of death' in new eBook

Society faces a choice between true human dignity, and a false concept of freedom culminating in the “culture of death,”... Read more

Archbishop William E. Lori speaks after a June 13, 2012 press conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Archbishop Lori: labeling Knights of Columbus partisan is an 'injustice'

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore argued that it is an “injustice” to imply that the Knights of Columbus’ support... Read more

Professor Thomas Farr speaks June 13, 2012 at the U.S. bishops meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Experts warn about growing global crisis of religious freedom

The growing perception of religion as a threat to a free society is leading to persecution of believers around the... Read more

Bishops participate in the June 13-15, 2012 full USCCB assembly in Atlanta, Ga.

Bishops briefed on religious liberty efforts, prepare for 'difficult road'

Speakers at the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Atlanta, Ga. emphasized the importance of continuing efforts to defend religious freedom through... Read more

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò speaks to the U.S. bishops in Atlanta on June 13, 2012.

Nuncio applauds bishops' unified efforts to defend religious freedom

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Pope’s representative to the United States, urged the American bishops to view the difficulties facing... Read more

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Faith leaders decry mandate's creation of religious classes

Nearly 150 leaders and supporters of faith-based service organizations have spoken out against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate because it... Read more

Archbishop William Lori speaks at the 2012 National Religious Freedom award dinner on May 24.

Archbishop Lori highlights role of laity in Fortnight for Freedom

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore stressed the importance of laity involvement in efforts to defend religious freedom from the... Read more

St. Paul's Hospital.

HHS mandate defender sees Catholic institutions as distractions

Washington Post columnist Anthony Stevens-Arroyo is a Catholic who does not believe the Obama Administration is attacking religious liberty by... Read more

Rep. Jeff Landry speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La.

Catholic lawmaker seeks colleagues' support for HHS mandate suits

A Catholic congressman from Louisiana is organizing an effort to have lawmakers file legal briefs in favor of lawsuits against... Read more

Lila Rose speaks June 8, 2012 at Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally in D.C.

Second nationwide rally shows religious freedom movement has momentum

Speakers and attendees at religious freedom rallies across the United States stressed that Americans are committed to defending their liberties... Read more

Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh.

Mandate lawsuits stem from faith, not politics, bishop says

The Catholic Church has challenged the U.S. government's contraception mandate to protect faith, not to influence politics, Pittsburgh Bishop David... Read more


Baja California legislature fails to protect religious liberty, bishops state

The bishops of the Mexican state of Baja California say they are disappointed that the state legislature failed to ratify... Read more

Marino Gazzola, President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association.

Catholic schools will follow Ontario's gay-straight club requirement

Catholic schools in the province of Ontario will abide by a law requiring them to allow “Gay-Straight Alliance” clubs, despite... Read more