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Joe Biden at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Biden touts ‘inspiration’ of Catholic faith, despite abortion and religious freedom positions

Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden said this week that his Catholic faith motivates his political career and underpins his plan... Read more

US Secretary of State Michael Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo: China is world's 'gravest threat' to religious freedom

The U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday called out the Chinese Communist Party as the world’s most serious threat to... Read more

Azoo Raja.

Pakistan Catholics protest after abduction, forced marriage of 13 year-old Catholic girl

Catholics in Pakistan are protesting a judge’s decision not to intervene after a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Catholic girl,... Read more

Fr. Stan Swany, S.J.

Indian Jesuit remains in jail, despite call for release from Asian bishops and international groups

Fr. Stan Swamy, S.J., was arrested Oct. 8 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), India’s counter-terrorism task force. The Federation of... Read more

Federal judge: Colorado’s anti-coronavirus rules can’t single out churches

A federal judge has said Colorado officials may not enforce anti-coronavirus limits against two churches, saying that the state rules... Read more

Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Oct. 14, 2020.

Barrett hearings show threat of anti-Catholic bigotry - Fort Worth bishop

Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth penned an op-ed Thursday decrying the “anti-Catholic bigotry” that he says has surfaced since... Read more

Senator Ben Sasse. CSPAN.

Senator Sasse: Questioning Barrett’s faith shows misunderstanding of civics, religious freedom

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) on Monday criticized questions aimed at Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs, saying they... Read more

Offices of the government of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

Judge rules DC COVID restrictions 'substantially burden' religious freedom

A Protestant church suing the District of Columbia over coronavirus restrictions held an outdoor service on Sunday, following a court... Read more

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, May 31, 2019.

Diocese of Brooklyn sues New York over new Mass restrictions

The Diocese of Brooklyn is suing the state of New York over a new order that restricts some indoor Masses... Read more

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Christian adoption agency in NY receives temporary protection from court

A district court this week issued a temporary injunction protecting a faith-based adoption provider from being shut down by the... Read more

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the Vatican, Oct. 1, 2020. Photo

Pompeo and top Vatican diplomats have ‘respectful’ exchange of views on China

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Holy See’s top diplomats had a “respectful” exchange of views on... Read more

Cardinal Parolin speaks at a symposium organized by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome Sept. 30, 2020. Photo

Vatican diplomats: ‘political correctness’ is hindering religious freedom

While the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Church to speak out about human rights abuses in China... Read more

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a symposium in Rome Sept. 30, 2020. Photo

Pompeo: Nowhere is religious freedom more under assault than in China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Rome Wednesday that the Chinese government is the world’s worst persecutor of... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow.

Russia seeks to bar foreign-educated religious leaders from teaching, preaching

Catholic leaders in Russia are expressing concern about a bill that would restrict the ability of Russian religious ministers who... Read more

Uyghurs learn gardening at reeducation camp in Moyu County, Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang.

Uyghur detention centers in Xinjiang expanding, researchers find

Researchers at an Australian think tank have found that re-education camps for Muslims in China's Xinjiang region have expanded in... Read more

A student walks across campus at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa.

University of Iowa 'targeted' Christian group, lawyers argue

Lawyers representing a Christian group kicked off of a college campus over its religious beliefs have said they are confident... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court: Full docket of religious liberty cases during nomination fight

As the Trump Administration looks to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, the coming judicial session features a... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

San Francisco archbishop: Worshipers should be treated equally during the pandemic

The archbishop of San Francisco penned an op-ed in the Washington Post this week citing the First Amendment as he... Read more

President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

US Commission: Vatican-China deal should focus on religious freedom

Religious freedom must be the result of any renewed Vatican agreement with China, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom... Read more

The Downtown Hope Center, a faith-based women's shelter in Anchorage.

US bishops commend HUD plan to allow homeless shelters to serve on basis of sex

The US bishops’ conference on Friday applauded the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposal to allow single-sex homeless... Read more