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Archbishop Angaelos

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

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

“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

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

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'

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