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Analysis: Benedict XVI’s unpublished letter- God is key to understanding human rights

May 14, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Ratiznger Schuelerkreis, a circle of former students of Joseph Ratzinger who meet annually, will gather this year to discuss... Read more

Barronelle Stutzman.

For opposing gay marriage, she's facing death threats and million-dollar lawsuits

Apr 18, 2018

When Barronelle Stutzman took a stand for her Christian beliefs nearly five years ago, she never imagined that she would... Read more

Austria considers headscarf ban for young girls in school

Apr 5, 2018

The Muslim community in Austria is calling for more dialogue surrounding the government’s recent proposal to ban headscarves, or hijabs,... Read more

Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. (public domain)

Ambassador Brownback: World faces a 'critical moment' for religious minorities

Mar 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“It is more dangerous now than any time in history to be a person of faith,” said Ambassador Sam Brownback... Read more

Iceland bishop voices concern over proposed circumcision ban

Mar 8, 2018

As Iceland's parliament continues to consider a bill that would bar circumcision for non-medical reasons, the head of the country's... Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canadian Catholics won’t be bullied into supporting abortion, bishop says

Feb 9, 2018

A Canadian bishop announced that the Diocese of London, Ontario, would protest new requirements for government grants that require organizations... Read more

Andrew Cuomo.

What New York’s non-discrimination order could mean for religious liberty

Feb 9, 2018

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has signed an executive order that bans the state from doing business with companies... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

Cardinal Marx: Bill banning circumcision in Iceland a threat to religious freedom

Feb 8, 2018

A new bill proposed in Iceland that would make circumcision punishable by up to six years in prison is a... Read more

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.

Vatican official praises China for witness to Catholic social teaching

Feb 6, 2018

The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has said that China is exercising global moral leadership in the... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 12, 2017.

Pope decries religious persecution in meeting with Yazidis

Jan 24, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Speaking to members of the Yazidi community, a religious minority which has been persecuted by the Islamic State, Pope Francis... Read more

Commentary: Tolerance, wedding cakes, and a free society

Dec 7, 2017

By Ed Condon

This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The result... Read more

Baker argues for cake and conscience at Supreme Court

Dec 5, 2017

A Colorado baker’s right to express himself through artwork – edible artwork– lies at the center of today’s Supreme Court... Read more

The Golden Dome atop the Main Building at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame faculty, students to retain birth control coverage

Nov 7, 2017

A little more than a week after announcing it would end birth control coverage for employees and students, the University... Read more

Wealthy foundation aims to redefine religious freedom—and Christianity, too

Nov 6, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

One wealthy activist is continuing to fund coordinated efforts to limit religious freedom and to foster dissent on abortion and... Read more

French court orders cross removed from JPII statue

Oct 31, 2017

By Perry West

France’s top administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat has ordered a cross to be removed from a statue of Pope Saint... Read more

Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

Religious freedom, not secularism, key to Europe’s future, Vatican official says

Oct 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

In 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was asked about his faith during a magazine interview.  As Blair began to... Read more

How can Saudi Arabia counter violent extremism? Religious freedom, expert says

Oct 26, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has suggested a turn towards moderate Islam, especially among younger Saudis who want... Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court rules in favor of church in crucial First Amendment case

Jun 26, 2017

By Matt Hadro

In one of the biggest religious cases of the term, the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a church-owned... Read more

US bishops launch 2017 Fortnight for Freedom

Jun 21, 2017

The U.S. bishops have launched a website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing... Read more

Alan and Paula Sears, who will be awarded the Order of St. Gregory the Great June 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom.

Religious freedom advocates to receive papal honor

Jun 20, 2017

In recognition of their promotion of religious freedom, the founder of Alliance Defending Freedom and his wife will be inducted... Read more