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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Faith leaders decry mandate's creation of religious classes

Jun 12, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Jun 12, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Jun 11, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Jun 10, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Jun 8, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Jun 8, 2012

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

Jun 7, 2012

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

Jun 7, 2012

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

Religious freedom movement holding new national rallies June 8

Jun 5, 2012

On June 8, Stand Up For Religious Freedom will hold its second round of national protests against the contraception mandate,... Read more

Hannah Smith and Stephen Schneck.

Legal expert counters claim that mandate is not religious persecution

Jun 4, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

In response to assertions by Professor Stephen Schneck that the federal contraception mandate is not a form of religious persecution,... Read more

Fr. Avelino Gonzalez.

HHS mandate 'ominous' threat to religious liberty, priest says

Jun 2, 2012

As the battle to defend religious freedom continues, a Capitol Hill priest said the contraception mandate should be a cause... Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila speaks at the May 29, 2012 news conference introducing him to the Denver archdiocese.

Denver archbishop: HHS mandate an attempt to remove religion from society

Jun 1, 2012

Denver's newly-appointed archbishop says the federal contraception mandate is the result of a larger push to remove religion from the... Read more

Dr. Raymond Leopold stands next to the 10th Mountain Division war memorial known as the Montana Jesus Statue.

Knights of Columbus defend Montana Jesus statue against lawsuit

May 31, 2012

The Knights of Columbus and several individual knights have asked to intervene in a federal legal case challenging the presence... Read more

Victims of the Punjab government's land seizure inspect the destruction of their family homes in Lahore, Pakistan.

Pakistani bishop decries government land grab

May 26, 2012

Pakistani Bishop Sebastian F. Shaw is calling for the return of Church land that was seized after the provincial government... Read more

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire

Bishop Blaire rejects claims of division over mandate lawsuits

May 25, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif. has clarified that he is united with his fellow bishops in their efforts... Read more

Brian Burch speaks to CNA.

Catholics can decide the 2012 election, expert says

May 25, 2012

As the presidential election draws closer, political expert Brian Burch is telling Catholics that if they turn out in slightly... Read more

Brian Walsh speaks to the National Religious Freedom Conference on May 24, 2012.

Religious freedom caucuses planned for every state legislature

May 24, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Advocates of religious liberty have announced plans to launch religious freedom caucuses in all 50 state legislatures in order to... Read more

The 65th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Vatican delegate insists on respect for faith-based health care

May 23, 2012

The Vatican’s head delegate to the World Health Assembly said that while the Church supports universal health care access, states... Read more

Catholics nationwide preparing 'Fortnight for Freedom' events

May 20, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Various initiatives are planned throughout the country in response to the U.S. bishops’ call for a “Fortnight for Freedom” June... Read more

Mauricio Kuri speaks with CNA on April 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Actor admires Mexican martyr’s strong defense of the faith

May 18, 2012

By Peter Zelasko

Mauricio Kuri has come to believe that, like the teenage Mexican martyr he plays in the upcoming film “For Greater... Read more