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Displaced Nigerians camped near St. Francis Xavier Parish in Agagbe, Nigeria, in 2022.

Human rights activists call on US State Department to return Nigeria to religious freedom watchlist

Sep 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

Human rights advocates are calling on U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to put Nigeria back on a list of... Read more

Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Becket.

Indiana Supreme Court backs archdiocese in religious freedom case

Aug 31, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday upholding the dismissal of a Catholic school teacher who had contracted a same-sex marriage. Read more

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Religious freedom objections to mandatory health care coverage part of broader lawsuit

Aug 11, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Religious freedom violations are among the claims of a federal lawsuit challenging mandatory “preventive care” coverage in employee health plans.... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Religious freedom conflicts ahead after Michigan Supreme Court redefines sex

Aug 2, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A Michigan Supreme Court decision that state civil rights law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation may conflict... Read more

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EWTN survey: Catholic voters back religious freedom, but aren't always consistent

Jul 15, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic likely voters tend to be strong supporters of religious freedom and conscientious objections in general, but conversations still need... Read more

A panel discussion at the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C., June 2022.

Women worldwide face sex-based religious persecution

Jul 6, 2022

By Katie Yoder, Maisy Sullivan

Religious women around the world suffer unique forms of violence and persecution because of their sex — and their ability... Read more

Joseph Kennedy, the ex-high school football coach at the center of the Supreme Court prayer case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

Supreme Court sides with football coach in prayer case

Jun 27, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Joseph Kennedy lost his job for refusing to stop praying at the 50-yard line after games. Read more

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Large US companies rated on respect for free speech, religious freedom

May 27, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

With some American companies able to have a profound impact on the exercise of free speech and religious freedom, Alliance... Read more

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Afghanistan, other countries see worrisome religious freedom trends, USCIRF warns

Apr 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Afghanistan and four other countries should be added to the ten countries already recognized by the U.S. State Department for... Read more

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India court upholds hijab ban in schools as religious tensions continue in Karnataka

Mar 15, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The state of Karnataka may ban Muslim girls from wearing head scarves in schools, the state’s highest court has ruled,... Read more

Joseph Kennedy, a former high school football coach, says he lost his job for refusing to stop praying on the 50-yard line after his team's games. 

Catholic bishops support praying football coach in Supreme Court case

Mar 3, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted an amicus brief Wednesday in support of Joseph Kennedy, a Christian... Read more

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Medical workers ask Supreme Court to block NY vaccine mandate lacking religious exemption

Feb 15, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A group of healthcare workers once again petitioned the Supreme Court on Monday to block New York’s coronavirus vaccine mandate... Read more

Members of All India Muslim Students Federation protest against the hijab ban in educational institutions by the Karnataka government at Delhi University in New Delhi, India, Feb. 9, 2022.

Indian court bans all religious clothing amid dispute over hijabs

Feb 14, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Amid widespread protests over a ban on hijabs in schools, an Indian court has temporarily prohibited all forms of religious... Read more

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Fired nurse practitioner charges CVS Pharmacy with religious discrimination

Feb 8, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A Christian nurse practitioner formerly employed at a CVS Pharmacy in Texas has filed a discrimination complaint, saying that the... Read more

Removal of the remains of statues destroyed at the grotto of Nativity parish in Burke, Va., Jan. 25, 2022.

Justice Department must take church vandalism seriously, Catholic group says

Feb 8, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A Catholic organization says the Department of Justice is not doing enough to combat the recent incidents of vandalism at... Read more

Soup kitchen. File photo/CNA.

Episcopalian church sues Oregon city limiting its meals to homeless

Feb 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Episcopal Diocese of Oregon and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church are suing the city of Brookings, Oregon, after the city... Read more

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Marco Rubio condemns choice of China to host Winter Olympics

Feb 4, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has condemned China’s history of human rights violations and said the country should be prohibited from... Read more

Joseph Meaney, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (second from left), speaks during a press conference Jan. 20, 2023 in Washington, D.C. announcing the formation of the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance. With him in the photo are other members of the alliance's board of directors: Dr. Steven White of the Catholic Medical Association (far left), Douglas G. Wilson, Jr., CEO of the Catholic Benefits Association (third from left), and Louis Brown, executive director of the Christ Medicus Foundation.

Coalition to protect, advance Catholic health care launches

Jan 20, 2022

By Shannon Mullen, Carl Bunderson

Bishop James Conley and the leaders of five Catholic medical or professional associations on Thursday founded the Catholic Health Care... Read more

Remains of statues vandalized at Our Lady of Mercy parish in New York City, July17, 2021. Credit: Diocese of Brooklyn.

Cardinal Dolan laments attacks on houses of worship in Religious Freedom Day message

Jan 15, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Attacking houses of worship and religious art is akin to attacking the community who prays there, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

European court rejects 'gay cake' case as inadmissible; ruling in favor of Christian bakery stands

Jan 6, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case brought by a Northern Irish gay rights activist, who claims... Read more