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The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016.

What is the Democratic Party's 'progressive' vision of religious freedom?

Jul 29, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As the 2016 Democratic Party platform insists on a “progressive” notion of religious freedom, what might that look like in... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil speaks at religious freedom panel during World Youth Day at the Mercy Centre in Krakow, July 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Lippelmann/Archdiocese of Washington.

WYD panel discusses worldwide state of religious freedom

Jul 29, 2016

The day after a priest was brutally murdered in France, a panel at World Youth Day in Poland discussed the... Read more

Church pews. Public domain.

Will new 'civil rights' silence churches? In Iowa, the fear is real.

Jul 9, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

An Iowa church fears the state civil rights commission could penalize it for preaching and following its views on homosexuality... Read more

Saints, martyrs and the cross – Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

Jul 5, 2016

As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of... Read more

Feet of Jesus Christ.

Why one bishop thinks you should be a 'footnote' for Christ

Jul 5, 2016

By Matt Hadro

On America’s 240th Independence Day, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh called on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth that... Read more

The United States capitol building.

How can the US counter religious extremism?

Jun 16, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Despite secularization in some countries, “the world is becoming more religious” and the United States needs to factor this into... Read more

A Hanukkah menorah.

'I am a Kurd and a Jew': an interview with Iraq's Sherzad Mamsani

May 12, 2016

Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout... Read more

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

The world became more dangerous for religious believers last year

May 2, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The right to exercise religion came under sustained assault around the world in 2015, according to a new report from... Read more

The White House

How will faith-based partners fare under new White House rules?

Apr 29, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

The Obama administration’s new rule for faith-based partnerships has drawn various reactions: one observer warned they could cause problems for... Read more

Colo. baker faces 're-education' training after state court refuses to take case

Apr 28, 2016

The lawyers of the bakery owner who made headlines for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding... Read more

Priests can't be forced to break seal of confession, La. judge rules

Mar 2, 2016

Louisiana law can’t force Catholic priests to violate the seal of the confessional, a judge in the state reaffirmed on... Read more

In Canada, a bishop protests gender ideology mandate for Alberta schools

Jan 29, 2016

“Totalitarianism.” That was the word the Bishop of Calgary used to describe the Alberta government’s new mandatory gender guidelines.  Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington attends the Synod on the Family, Oct. 9, 2015.

Cardinal Wuerl explains why Church workers must be consistent with the Gospel

Jan 14, 2016

Church workers have to lead people toward Catholic teaching in their public lives, not away from it, the Archbishop of... Read more

Crowd of people.

The 'tyranny of uniformity': will the US have a diverse public square in the future?

Nov 19, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The case of the Little Sisters of the Poor before the Supreme Court may determine if the United States will... Read more

Capitol at Sunset.

Advocates chide US – stop ignoring religiously-motivated violence

Oct 28, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. must recognize all causes of religious freedom abuses around the world – including religious motivations where they exist,... Read more

Catholics in Cuba call on government to remove religious restrictions

Oct 23, 2015

Through one of its media outlets, the Havana archdiocese has called on the Cuban government “to definitively remove the restrictions... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Five federal judges rebuke court: don’t tell the Little Sisters how to be Catholic

Sep 4, 2015

In an unusual move, five federal judges have said their court should have given greater attention to the Little Sisters... Read more

U.S. Capitol Building.

Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission

Aug 31, 2015

Congress has only one month to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Many human rights activists and religious... Read more

Colorado court gives no relief to baker who declined to serve gay wedding

Aug 13, 2015

A Colorado baker has lamented the Colorado Court of Appeals’ ruling handed down Thursday that he illegally discriminated when he... Read more


Could 'British values' push jeopardize Catholic education in the UK?

Jul 30, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Some Catholics in Great Britain are concerned the push for “British values” in schools, meant to counter Islamist extremism, could... Read more