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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

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Scottish Christian leaders join in opposition to proposed Hate Crime law

Feb 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Catholic bishops of Scotland, along with several other Christian groups, are speaking out against a proposed “hate crimes” law... Read more

Rome, Italy - June 28, 2013: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, of San Francisco, in Rome on June 28

San Francisco archbishop: State can't close churches, 'science' is on our side

Feb 12, 2021

Government officials cannot shut down religious services as “non-essential” during the pandemic—particularly when they are contradicting the “science” in doing... Read more

Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson speaks with CNA in Rome, June 26, 2014.

New book collects Carl Anderson's speeches on religious liberty

Feb 10, 2021

A recently published work collects speeches, articles, and essays by Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus,... Read more

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Archdiocese of Chicago to court: Let parishes choose their staff

Feb 10, 2021

Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Chicago argued before the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday that parishes should be free to choose... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court rebukes California's strict coronavirus rules for churches

Feb 6, 2021

California’s strict coronavirus rules banning indoor worship were blocked and revised by a U.S. Supreme Court injunction late Friday night,... Read more

Parliament House for the state of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian ‘conversion therapy’ ban has dangerous flaws, say religious leaders

Feb 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

A proposed ban on “conversion therapy” for sexual orientation or gender identity in Australia’s Victoria state is far too broad... Read more

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Indiana county wins appeal to display Nativity scene

Feb 3, 2021

A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed an Indiana county to display a nativity scene at its courthouse.   Read more

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Ryan Anderson: Church teaching an 'untapped resource' for responding to culture wars

Feb 3, 2021

By Matt Hadro

In an interview with CNA, Ryan Anderson—a prominent speaker and author on marriage, sexuality, religious freedom, and natural law—offered advice... Read more

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Canadian student journalist fired for Catholic views charges discrimination

Jan 26, 2021

A Catholic student who said his university’s newspaper wrongly fired him for his critical views of homosexuality and transgenderism has... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2019.

Cardinal: Danish bill requiring translation of homilies threatens religious freedom

Jan 22, 2021

A cardinal said on Friday that a proposed law in Denmark requiring the translation of all homilies into Danish is... Read more

Trump admin proposal a last-ditch effort to offer religious groups SBA loans

Jan 21, 2021

A proposal made on the last day of the Trump administration would make religious businesses eligible to receive loans from... Read more

Court: Vermont can’t exclude Catholic school student from college tuition program

Jan 20, 2021

A federal court of appeals has sided with a Catholic high school student who challenged a State of Vermont policy... Read more

Report: North Korea, Nigeria among the worst countries for Christian persecution

Jan 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

For the twentieth year in a row, North Korea tops the list of countries where Christians face oppression, according to... Read more

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China deemed a top religious freedom concern in 2021

Jan 13, 2021

By Matt Hadro

China remains a primary human rights concern in 2021, a federal religious freedom commissioner told CNA this week.  Read more

Austrian court strikes down ban on Muslim headscarves in schools

Dec 15, 2020

A ban on headscarves for elementary school students was discriminatory and unconstitutional because it singled out Muslim girls' headscarves, the... Read more

Christ the King at St Etheldreda's, London.

How ought Catholics engage in politics?

Dec 13, 2020

By Carl Bunderson

As Catholics consider their engagement with the world, including politically, they should consider what kind of society should be built... Read more

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Supreme Court declines school’s transgender bathroom case

Dec 9, 2020

The Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal against an Oregon school district policy allowing students to use... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan.

Christian aid group applauds investigation into forced conversions, marriages in Pakistan

Dec 3, 2020

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into the forced conversion of women and girls from the country’s... Read more

California State Governor Gavin Newsom.

Supreme Court vacates ruling on California church closures

Dec 3, 2020

The Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by California churches against the state’s coronavirus restrictions, sending the case back to... Read more