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French President Emmanuel Macron.

French president presses Muslim leaders to embrace 'republican values'

Dec 2, 2020

In the wake of several suspected Islamist attacks in France this year, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked the country’s... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone during a June 27 prayer service in Golden Gate Park.

Archbishop Cordileone: New COVID church closures violate right to worship

Nov 28, 2020

As surging COVID-19 cases lead to new restrictions in the San Francisco area, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said the treatment of... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

China claims papal critique over Uyghurs has 'no factual basis at all'

Nov 26, 2020

Following Pope Francis’ mention in passing of the Uyghurs as persecuted in a new book, the Chinese foreign ministry said... Read more

President-elect Joe Biden.

What Biden foreign policy picks mean for religious freedom

Nov 24, 2020

By Matt Hadro

President-elect Joe Biden announced several foreign policy appointments to his cabinet on Monday, including a nominee for Secretary of State.... Read more

Christian leaders challenge mandatory church closures during England’s second lockdown 

Nov 18, 2020

A group of Christian leaders is challenging orders to shut down churches in England and Wales, saying the move violates... Read more

Catholics protest coronavirus restrictions under which public Masses are banned, Nov. 15, 2020, in Versailles.

'We want Mass': Catholics in France protest ban on public worship

Nov 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Catholics in France gathered outside churches in multiple cities this weekend calling on the government to allow them to attend... Read more

Government restrictions on religion reach new peak, Pew Research Center says

Nov 15, 2020

Government restrictions on religion are at their highest since tracking began in 2007, the Pew Research Center has said in... Read more

Delaware agrees to treat church services neutrally in settlement over COVID restrictions

Nov 13, 2020

The governor of Delaware has settled a federal lawsuit over church-related COVID-19 restrictions, which he had imposed at the start... Read more

Samuel Alito.

Religious freedom becoming 'second tier right' warns Supreme Court Justice

Nov 13, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has spoken of his concern that religious liberty is under threat in the United States.... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court hears arguments in Philadelphia adoption case

Nov 4, 2020

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court heard arguments on a Pennsylvania adoption case, as senior U.S. bishops warned of the... Read more

Joe Biden at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

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

Oct 30, 2020

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

Oct 29, 2020

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

Oct 29, 2020

By CNA Staff

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

Oct 26, 2020

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

Oct 22, 2020

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

Oct 16, 2020

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

Oct 12, 2020

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

Oct 12, 2020

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

Oct 8, 2020

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

Oct 7, 2020

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