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Residents of Ngbam, Benue state, Nigeria, on April 8, 2023, the day after gunmen killed at least 43 people and injured another 40.

House chairman: State Department is giving religious freedom violators ‘a pass’

Jul 19, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

“I am concerned that the U.S. State Department is not using all the tools provided to hold guilty parties accountable,”... Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Legal group joins outcry over removal of Nigeria from religious freedom watch list

Nov 23, 2021

By Kate Olivera

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s... Read more


Orthodox leader discusses religious freedom, climate change with Biden

Oct 26, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I discussed religious freedom and climate change with U.S. leaders on Monday in Washington, D.C., and announced... Read more

Archbishop Angaelos

Coptic archbishop: Condemning persecution of non-Christians follows the example of Christ

Jul 27, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Christians around the world must speak out against persecution of non-Christians, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London told CNA during... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

Cardinal Dolan emphasizes hope amid global religious persecution

Jul 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

There is reason for hope for global religious freedom, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told an international gathering of... Read more

Chinese Civil Rights Activist Chen Guangcheng, featured here at a talk at Catholic University of America, will speak at the IRF event July 13-15.

Charter ahead of international summit affirms religious freedom "for Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time"

Jun 29, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

Ahead of the International Religious Freedom Summit 2021 (IRF Summit), co-chairs Samuel Brownback and Katrina Lantos Swett, along with the... Read more

Former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

'You don’t negotiate with evil': Former ambassador hopes Vatican reconsiders deal with China

May 13, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The former U.S. religious freedom ambassador hopes that a new report documenting abuses by the Chinese Communist Party will prompt... Read more

Oct. 15, 2020: Demonstrators in Manhattan protest the treatment of Orthodox Jewish communities during COVID-19

Report: some countries used pandemic to target religious minorities

Apr 21, 2021

Some countries used the COVID-19 pandemic to target religious minorities last year, a federal commission revealed on Wednesday. Read more

Nigerian internally displaced persons in the Diocese of Maiduguri, September 2014.

UN to observe Day for Victims of Violence Based on Religion

Jun 4, 2019

The United Nations General Assembly last week adopted a resolution proclaiming Aug. 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Nobel Peace prize winner Nadia Murad Dec. 20, 2018.

Pope Francis meets with Nobel Peace prize winner Nadia Murad

Dec 20, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met Thursday with the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, a survivor of ISIS enslavement and an... Read more

A protest in Lahore on November 2, 2018 following the Pakistan Supreme Court decision on Asia Bibi.

Catholic mother Asia Bibi moved from prison to Islamabad amid death threats

Nov 8, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pakistani Catholic Asia Bibi was released from prison and moved to Islamabad late Wednesday as her family seeks asylum due... Read more

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

China criticized for repression of Muslim ethnic group

Sep 25, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sept. 21 joined voices from Pakistan and around the world in denouncing Chinese... Read more

Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence announces Genocide Recovery Program for Iraqi minorities

Jul 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Vice President Mike Pence announced the establishment of the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program on Thursday “to rapidly deliver... Read more

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for a dinner of NATO members in Belgium on Jul. 11, 2018.

Sec. Pompeo speaks ahead of first ever Ministerial on religious freedom

Jul 20, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The U.S. State Department is set to host the largest and highest-level global meeting on religious liberty next week. Secretary... Read more

Vietnamese pastor who was jailed for faith says it was 'God's gift to me'

Apr 19, 2018

By Courtney Mares

After surviving six years of imprisonment and torture, Vietnamese pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh told CNA that prayer sustained him through... Read more

Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. (public domain)

Ambassador Brownback: World faces a 'critical moment' for religious minorities

Mar 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“It is more dangerous now than any time in history to be a person of faith,” said Ambassador Sam Brownback... Read more

The White House.

US State Department recognizes ISIS genocide in religious freedom report

Aug 15, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Religious freedom advocates were heartened by the State Department recognizing in its annual religious freedom report released Tuesday the genocide... Read more

Never tire of fighting for human rights, religious liberty advocate insists

Apr 26, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Amid a rising tide of violence, imprisonment, and harassment on account of people’s religious beliefs, the United States cannot grow... Read more

US leaders tell persecuted believers: 'You are not alone'

Apr 6, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Religious freedom advocates at the United States capitol on Thursday sent a message of solidarity to all those imprisoned or... Read more