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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

Catholics take part in a candle-lit procession at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Yangon, Myanmar.

Religious liberty threats pose 'real danger' in Indonesia, Burma

Sep 19, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The persecution of religious minorities in both Indonesia and Burma pose dangers not only to the two countries, but to... Read more

Court: Christian photographers cannot refuse gay ceremonies

Aug 26, 2013

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a small Christian-owned photography business does not have the right to decline... Read more

American flag.

Military archbishop welcomes religious freedom coalition

Jul 16, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Archbishop Timothy Broglio has welcomed a coalition for religious freedom in the U.S. military as legislation aiming to protect religious... Read more


Report sees new hostility to religion in US military policy

Jul 11, 2013

The Family Research Council has reported a “growing hostility” to religion in the U.S. armed forces, including “concerted efforts to... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl gives a homily during Mass at tomb of St Peter, January 16, 2011.

Laity must help restore religious liberty, Cardinal Wuerl says

Jul 4, 2013

To renew respect for religious freedom in society, the Church needs lay people who live out their religious beliefs with love,... Read more

Religious freedom press conference, July 2. From L to R: Prof. Anne Hendershott, Archb. William E. Lori, Sr. Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB, Dr. Russell Moore, and Dr. Yui Mantilla.

Faith groups unite to stress need for HHS mandate exemptions

Jul 2, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

More than 100 religious leaders from various faith backgrounds are asking the U.S. government to respect the beliefs of those... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley.

Lincoln bishop: strengthen faith to restore religious freedom

Jul 1, 2013

The recent threats against religious freedom are an opportunity for the faithful to grow closer to God through prayer, fasting... Read more

Geneva College president Ken Smith speaks at a press conference announcing the lawsuit.

Christian college gets temporary relief from HHS mandate

Jun 21, 2013

Geneva College in Pennsylvania has been given temporary relief from having to provide emergency contraceptives in its health insurance plans,... Read more

US dioceses prepare for second Fortnight for Freedom

Jun 5, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Dioceses across the country are preparing for the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom – now in its second year – by... Read more

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez. Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program.

Religious liberty is 'endangered,' warns Hispanic Christian leader

Jun 3, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Current threats to religious freedom in the United States demand that people of faith speak out in defense of their... Read more

William A. Galston, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies Program.

Political scholar says religious freedom unites society

Jun 1, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Through respect and healthy debate, society can find a balance in respecting the rule of law while accommodating the religious... Read more

Katrina Lantos Swett. Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program.

Religious freedom leader says threats in US are real

May 31, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The head of a federal commission that promotes religious liberty warned that while threats to religious freedom in the U.S.... Read more

Rabbi Soloveichik. Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program.

Religious differences compatible with freedom, Jewish leader says

May 30, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi... Read more

Tyndale House employees at a company meeting.

HHS appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to Bible publisher

May 7, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate... Read more