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Italy’s ‘anti-homophobia’ law: Vatican request sparks Church-state debate

From the prime minister to a famous rapper, Italians are weighing in on the Vatican’s diplomatic intervention. Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

Vatican intervenes in proposed ‘anti-homophobia’ law in Italy

The Vatican believes that the law would violate the freedom of the Catholic Church in Italy. Read more

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Catholics press for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill

Catholics are pressing for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill amid a last-minute consultation.  Read more

Man who killed Catholic roommate for praying at hospital to be arraigned on murder, hate crime

Jesse Martinez, a COVID-19 patient who beat a fellow patient to death with an oxygen tank at Antelope Valley Hospital... Read more

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017.

Vatican archbishop expresses ‘grave concern’ at rise in attacks on believers at prayer

A Vatican archbishop expressed “grave concern” Thursday at the rise in attacks on believers praying in places of worship.  Read more

The aftermath of a fire at the Parish of St. Paul in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, July 4, 2020.

More than 500 hate crimes against Europe’s Christians recorded in 2019

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has published data documenting more than 500 hate crimes against Christians in... Read more

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Catholic bishops fear Scotland's hate crime law could criminalize Bible and Catechism

Catholic bishops have said that proposed hate crime legislation in Scotland could criminalize the Bible and the Catechism of the... Read more

Italy's Catholic bishops say proposed 'homophobia law' creates ‘crime of opinion’

Italian bishops have raised concerns over proposed legislation against "homophobia" in Italy, claiming changes to the law are unnecessary and have... Read more

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Scottish bishops warn against characterizing religious beliefs as 'hate speech'

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Scotland is warning against the government’s restriction of free speech, amid fears that the Church’s... Read more

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Venezuelan bishops accused of “hate crimes”

The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, called for an investigation of two bishops accused of committing “hate crimes” in homilies... Read more

Muslims pray outside the White House for the Chapel Hill shooting victims, Feb. 13, 2015.

Muslims respond to Chapel Hill shootings with prayer, calls for peace

Muslims gathered in front of the White House to pray for the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting on Friday,... Read more