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Federal court: University of Iowa officials personally liable for mistreating Christian group

Mar 23, 2021

University of Iowa officials who wrongly de-recognized a Christian student group for objecting to same-sex relationships can be held personally... Read more

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What the Equality Act could mean for Catholics

Mar 23, 2021

Legal experts on Monday explained how the Equality Act could threaten the integrity of Catholic parishes, charities, and schools.  Read more

Peruvian bishops ask for loosening of church restrictions

Mar 21, 2021

By ACI Prensa

The Peruvian Bishops’ Conference has asked President Francisco Sagasti to correct “excessive limitations” on church attendance put in place by... Read more

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ACLU gets $15 million LGBT grant from billionaire foe of Christian morals and religious freedom

Mar 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

The American Civil Liberties Union has received a major donation from a billionaire heir whose LGBT activism includes both funding... Read more

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Mass. Supreme Court calls into question religious exemption for Christian colleges

Mar 10, 2021

A social work professor at a Christian college in Massachusetts is not a “ministerial employee” and the college cannot claim... Read more

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Wash. court okays bisexual lawyer’s discrimination suit against Christian homeless mission

Mar 9, 2021

American conflicts over religious freedom continue, as the Washington Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that blocked a bisexual lawyer’s... Read more

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

Mar 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Mar 8, 2021

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

Mar 5, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Mar 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Mar 3, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

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

Mar 2, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

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

Feb 27, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Feb 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Feb 25, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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'

Feb 24, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Feb 22, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

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

Feb 20, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Feb 19, 2021

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

Feb 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

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