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The Texas capitol.

Texans approve broad protection of religious services

Nov 4, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

On Nov. 2, voters in Texas approved eight amendments to the state constitution, including one that bars the state and... Read more

St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, mother church of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

India's Christians see dangers in Karnataka survey, anti-conversion push

Oct 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic archbishop in India’s Karnataka state has again called on the state government to withdraw its orders to survey... Read more

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Missouri Christian church wins settlement over coronavirus restrictions on worship

Oct 20, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Kansas City-area Baptist megachurch has reached a $150,000 settlement with the county over coronavirus restrictions, with the church claiming... Read more

The door of St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon, Ca.

Bishops report 95 attacks on Catholic churches in US since May 2020

Sep 13, 2021

By Kate Olivera

There have been at least 95 reported incidents of vandalism of Catholic churches across the United States since May 2020,... Read more

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Charlotte diocese objects: Federal judge can't set employment standards for Catholic schools

Sep 8, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Diocese of Charlotte has said the law and religious freedom precedent are on its side, despite a federal judge’s... Read more

Afghan armed men supporting the Afghan security forces against the Taliban pictured while sitting near their humvee vehicles at Parakh area in Bazarak, Panjshir province, Aug. 19, 2021.

Terrified Christians in Afghanistan brace for attacks: 'We are coming for you'

Numerous Christian aid organizations and leaders have spoken about the imminent threat to the Christian community in Afghanistan after the... Read more

Wealthy donors pour millions into anti-religious freedom efforts, as Catholic adoption agency ruling looms

Jun 16, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Grant listings from wealthy philanthropies and strategic political donor networks show that millions of dollars continue to pour into advocacy... Read more

Cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

Wedding cake, controversy and faith: Colorado baker's book recounts years-long legal fight

Jun 10, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker whose decision not to bake cakes for same-sex weddings ended up taking him before the... Read more

Argentine lawyers take legal action against restrictions on Mass attendance

May 20, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

The Catholic Lawyers Corporation of Argentina filed a writ of amparo on Tuesday contending that recent health regulations decreed during... Read more

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

Hundreds of Muslim clerics have been detained in China's Xinjiang region

May 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

New research has shown that amid a widespread “reeducation” effort in a region of China— which the U.S. has designated... Read more

Quebec court upholds much of law barring religious symbols for public employees

Apr 21, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A Canadian court upheld this week part of a Quebec law that bans government employees from wearing religious symbols at... Read more

The flag of Canada. Credit: Jiri Flogel/Shutterstock.

Canada job program grants saw spike in rejection rates under abortion litmus test

Mar 31, 2021

Rejection rates spiked after a Canadian government job grant program’s 2018 rules required groups to affirm abortion rights, and rejections... Read more

The flag of Pakistan.

Two Christians accused of breaking Pakistan's blasphemy law

Feb 16, 2021

Two Christian evangelists could face the death penalty after being charged with violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law after an encounter in... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose, Calif. Credit: Iv-olga/Shutterstock.

Supreme Court ruling no barrier to ban on indoor worship, Santa Clara County claims

Feb 12, 2021

California’s Santa Clara County has again banned indoor worship, saying its rules to mitigate coronavirus spread are “fundamentally different” from... Read more

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Canadian student journalist fired for Catholic views charges discrimination

Jan 26, 2021

A Catholic student who said his university’s newspaper wrongly fired him for his critical views of homosexuality and transgenderism has... Read more

Chike Uzuegbunam outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom.

Supreme Court debates whether college's free speech violation merits symbolic damages

Jan 13, 2021

A Christian student seeking symbolic damages against a Georgia college that had restricted the area where he could try to... Read more

Appeals court strikes down Nevada's coronavirus rules for houses of worship

Dec 16, 2020

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled preliminarily that Nevada may not limit attendance at indoor religious services differently than... Read more

A celebration of the Malankara Orthodox Church in Parumala, Kerala.

India's Supreme Court to hear complaint over mandatory confession in Oriental Orthodoxy

Dec 15, 2020

The Supreme Court of India agreed Monday to consider a petition that the requirement of annual confession in the Malankara... Read more

US cabinet departments adopt rule protecting organizations' religious freedom rights

Dec 14, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Nine federal agencies announced Monday a new rule aimed at protecting the First Amendment rights of religiously-affiliated organizations.  Read more

Victoria's conversion therapy bill a 'dramatic overreach of the state'

Dec 10, 2020

A bill seeking to ban so-called conversion therapy for sexual orientation or gender identity in the Australian state of Victoria... Read more