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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

The Texas state capitol.

Stronger religious freedoms in Texas could boost Catholic foster care

May 24, 2017

The Catholic Church in Texas will work to promote more foster parenting, following the state legislature’s approval of strong legal... Read more

VP Mike Pence delivers commencement address at University of Notre Dame, May 20, 2017.

Pence to Notre Dame graduates: Bring values into the workplace

May 22, 2017

By Matt Hadro

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence challenged University of Notre Dame graduates on Saturday to promote human dignity and the sanctity... Read more

The United States Constitution.

Free speech protects printer from promoting gay pride fest, Ky. court rules

May 15, 2017

Backers of a print shop owner who declined to print gay pride T-shirts because of his religious beliefs praised a... Read more

Texas House passes conscience protections for foster care system

May 11, 2017

Catholic groups have welcomed the Texas House of Representatives’ passage Wednesday of a bill that would provide conscience protections for... Read more

US leaders tell persecuted believers: 'You are not alone'

Apr 6, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Religious freedom advocates at the United States capitol on Thursday sent a message of solidarity to all those imprisoned or... Read more

The Arizona state capitol building.

Arizona strengthens conscience protections for health care workers

Mar 27, 2017

Health care providers and institutions opposed to assisted suicide gained more legal protections under a new Arizona law that aims... Read more

Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies during the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, March 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Gorsuch praised for record of building unity on religious freedom

Mar 24, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch received a strong voice of support Thursday from a lawyer at a major religious liberty... Read more

A depiction of the planned pedestrian bridge. Photo courtesy of Villanova University.

Catholic college's new bridge too Catholic, neighbors complain

Mar 22, 2017

By Mary Farrow

A bridge featuring crosses on the property of Villanova, a Catholic university in a Philadelphia suburb, will be built despite... Read more