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Trump administration to implement free speech rules for colleges

The US Education Department on Wednesday promulgated rules which formally implement a March executive order from President Donald Trump seeking... Read more

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Christian in Pakistan sentenced to death for blasphemy

A Pakistani court sentenced Asif Pervaiz, a Christian, to death Tuesday on charges of blasphemy.  Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report... Read more

Activists protest the treatment of Uyghur Muslims by Chinese authorities in Xinjiang province at a protest outside the headquarters of the European Union.

Chinese doctor says she participated in 'ethnic cleansing' of Uyghurs

A Uyghur woman who worked as a doctor in China has told a British news network that she participated in... Read more

Kamala Harris speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 2019.

Kamala Harris quizzed judicial nominees over Christian adoption and faith values

Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris questioned a judicial nominee over his affiliation with a Christian adoption agency, and another about... Read more

'The rug was pulled from under us': Catholics fight Wisconsin county ban on in-person school

Twice a week for three months, the administration of St. Ambrose Academy in Wisconsin met with Dane County public health... Read more

Justice Department: Vermont college tuition program can't exclude Catholic school student

The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with a Vermont Catholic high school student who has said a state program... Read more

ICE denies claims of forcing Muslim detainees to eat pork 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has denied wrongdoing following allegations that Muslim detainees at a Miami facility are regularly... Read more

Former president Barack Obama at a speech by Hilary Clinton in July, 2016.

Obama and Harris tout values, faith, unity at Democratic National Convention

Former president Barack Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris both spoke on the importance of values and faith during the Democratic... Read more

Joe Biden at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The Biden Platform: What Catholics should know

Joe Biden was officially nominated as the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential candidate on Tuesday evening. With the formalities over, what... Read more

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Islamic militants kidnap hundreds in raid on Nigerian town

Militants with the Islamic State West Africa Province attacked the town of Kukawa in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, abducting hundreds of... Read more

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Christmas comes early in Indiana with nativity scene court case

An Indiana town is defending its Christmas display in court this summer, after a traveller through the area claimed she... Read more

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Chinese bishop denies government has plans to demolish cathedral

A Catholic bishop in China has denied that the government plans to tear down his cathedral, after local Catholics expressed... Read more

Supporters of a religious group march during a rally in support of Khalid Khan, who killed a man accused of blasphemy, in Peshawar, July 31, 2020.

American on trial for blasphemy killed at court hearing in Pakistan

A U.S. citizen on trial for blasphemy in Pakistan was killed at a court hearing Wednesday, drawing strong objections to... Read more

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China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

The Chinese Communist Party is offering monetary rewards to those who report the presence of home churches in their communities.  Read more

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Congressional hearing highlights case of missing Chinese Catholic bishop

The fate of a long-imprisoned Catholic bishop in China was the focus of a congressional hearing on Thursday, amid growing... Read more

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DOJ clarifies religious groups' equal access to government grants

Religious groups must have equal access to public grant programs, the Justice Department announced in new guidance issued on Monday.  Read more

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Christian wedding planner challenges anti-discrimination law

An Evangelical Christian minister who runs a wedding business is challenging a county ordinance she says would require her to officiate... Read more

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New York court case could signal hope for faith based adoption agencies

A federal court ruling in New York this week could point to eventual victory at the Supreme Court for Catholic... Read more