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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, one of the Lansing diocese's schools which have joined a suit against the Mich. health department.

Catholic high schools in Michigan sue over coronavirus order keeping them closed

Two high schools in the Diocese of Lansing have joined a lawsuit against a public health order keeping schools in... Read more

Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.

Labor Department strengthens religious freedom rule

The Labor Department (DOL) finalized a rule on Monday that allows faith-based government contractors to make employment decisions based on... Read more

US Supreme Court urged to protect KY religious schools from shutdown

An order shuttering in-person education until Jan. 4 in Kentucky amid rising COVID-19 cases amounts to religious discrimination, the US... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan.

Christian aid group applauds investigation into forced conversions, marriages in Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into the forced conversion of women and girls from the country’s... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, NYC.

Supreme Court overturns NY church restrictions, Brooklyn bishop says religion 'essential' during pandemic

The Supreme Court said Wednesday night that NY state restrictions on religious services during the coronavirus pandemic are a violation... Read more

Julia Rynkiewicz, a student at the University of Nottingham in the U.K.

Pro-life student in midwife program receives apology and payout

An undergraduate student in a midwife program has received an apology and payout after she faced suspension because of her... Read more