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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

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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

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Gorsuch cites religious liberty as Supreme Court allows New York vaccine mandate

Dec 14, 2021

By Katie Yoder

In a decision that drew a sharply worded dissent by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday... Read more

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