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Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally in Washington D.C., June 2012.

Court protects Catholic-owned company from HHS mandate

Jan 7, 2015

The federal government cannot force a Catholic-owned Michigan company to provide insurance coverage for sterilization, contraceptives, and drugs that could... Read more

Rabbi David Saperstein in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013.

A long vacancy: Controversial religious freedom diplomat takes helm

Dec 15, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. Senate voted 61-36 on Friday to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as the next U.S. Ambassador at-large for International... Read more

Archbishop William Lori at a Nov. 12, 2012 press conference for the USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Religious freedom battle 'daunting,' but bishops urged to persist

Nov 12, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The leader of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee encouraged his fellow bishops not to lose heart, but to place... Read more

Church-state separation allows rules on employee morality, lawyers say

Sep 24, 2014

The separation of church and state includes the freedom to require employees to follow Church teachings, said a legal group... Read more

Catholic schoolchildren.

Advocates advise that First Amendment protects school choice

Aug 11, 2014

Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado's educational choice programs, according to a brief filed by attorneys in a... Read more

"David Saperstein World Economic Forum 2013" by World Economic Forum via Flickr  CC BY-SA 2.0

Expert: Religious freedom pick will fail without resources

Jul 28, 2014

By Matt Hadro

While welcoming the proposal for a new global religious freedom ambassador after a nine-month vacancy, one expert warned that adequate... Read more

US House reapproves religious freedom commission

Jul 12, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Tuesday, with commission supporters... Read more

US. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court upholds religious freedom for Hobby Lobby

Jun 30, 2014

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers cannot be forced to comply with... Read more

Archbishop William Lori.

Archbishop: Church must be free to imitate Christ through service

Jun 23, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

In seeking religious liberty, Catholics are seeking the freedom to serve in response to Christ’s love in the Eucharist, said... Read more

Saint Teresa parish in Assiut, Egypt, after an attack in August, 2013.

Pope Francis decries persecution of Christians

Jun 20, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Pope Francis on Friday lamented continued persecution against Christians and other religious believers, encouraging scholars and governments to defend religious... Read more

Archbishop William Lori delivers the homily during the 2012 Mass for Life and Liberty.

Religious freedom serves those in poverty, says Archbishop Lori

Jun 19, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Days before the start of the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, CNA spoke with Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore,... Read more

Archbishop William E. Lori, chair of the US bishops' ad hoc committee on religious liberty.

US bishops unanimously reauthorize religious liberty group

Jun 11, 2014

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted to reauthorize its Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty for a second... Read more

Robert George speaking at the National Religious Freedom conference, May 24, 2012.

US government asked to defend global religious freedom

May 24, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The U.S. should actively promote religious liberty, a critical right that forms a foundation for a healthy society, the head... Read more

FOCUS grateful for injunction against contraception mandate

Apr 30, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has welcomed a federal court’s injunction against the HHS mandate that the student... Read more

Participants pray at the opening Mass of the 2012 Fortnight for Freedom in Baltimore.

Service to poor will be focus of 2014 Fortnight for Freedom

Apr 29, 2014

The U.S. bishops have announced a third Fortnight for Freedom to encourage prayer and awareness of religious liberty, with a... Read more

Paul Clement, counsel for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, speaks to the press outside the Supreme Court, March 25, 2014.

Congressmen support legal challenges to HHS mandate

Mar 27, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Pro-life members of the House of Representatives spoke out in support of the Green and Hahn families after they argued... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court justices. Courtesy: Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court justices divided on HHS mandate argument

Mar 25, 2014

As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments touching on religious freedom and for-profit companies Tuesday, the justices seemed divided over... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Contraception mandate case argued at US Supreme Court

Mar 25, 2014

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a challenge to the Affordable Care Act touching on the federal government’s... Read more

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Malaysian ministry bans use of term 'Allah' by non-Muslims

Mar 8, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The Home Ministry of Malaysia has banned the use of the word “Allah” in a children’s comic book, continuing disputes... Read more

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a press conference Dec 6, 2012.

Religious freedom essential for global human rights, panel says

Mar 4, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Experts at a recent panel talk in Washington, D.C., suggested that while religious freedom has become a respectable component of... Read more