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Appeals court strikes down Nevada's coronavirus rules for houses of worship

Dec 16, 2020

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled preliminarily that Nevada may not limit attendance at indoor religious services differently than... Read more

A celebration of the Malankara Orthodox Church in Parumala, Kerala.

India's Supreme Court to hear complaint over mandatory confession in Oriental Orthodoxy

Dec 15, 2020

The Supreme Court of India agreed Monday to consider a petition that the requirement of annual confession in the Malankara... Read more

US cabinet departments adopt rule protecting organizations' religious freedom rights

Dec 14, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Nine federal agencies announced Monday a new rule aimed at protecting the First Amendment rights of religiously-affiliated organizations.  Read more

Victoria's conversion therapy bill a 'dramatic overreach of the state'

Dec 10, 2020

A bill seeking to ban so-called conversion therapy for sexual orientation or gender identity in the Australian state of Victoria... Read more

Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, one of the Lansing diocese's schools which have joined a suit against the Mich. health department.

Catholic high schools in Michigan sue over coronavirus order keeping them closed

Dec 8, 2020

Two high schools in the Diocese of Lansing have joined a lawsuit against a public health order keeping schools in... Read more

Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.

Labor Department strengthens religious freedom rule

Dec 8, 2020

The Labor Department (DOL) finalized a rule on Monday that allows faith-based government contractors to make employment decisions based on... Read more

US Supreme Court urged to protect KY religious schools from shutdown

Dec 7, 2020

An order shuttering in-person education until Jan. 4 in Kentucky amid rising COVID-19 cases amounts to religious discrimination, the US... Read more

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

Christian aid group applauds investigation into forced conversions, marriages in Pakistan

Dec 3, 2020

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into the forced conversion of women and girls from the country’s... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, NYC.

Supreme Court overturns NY church restrictions, Brooklyn bishop says religion 'essential' during pandemic

Nov 26, 2020

The Supreme Court said Wednesday night that NY state restrictions on religious services during the coronavirus pandemic are a violation... Read more

Julia Rynkiewicz, a student at the University of Nottingham in the U.K.

Pro-life student in midwife program receives apology and payout

Nov 26, 2020

An undergraduate student in a midwife program has received an apology and payout after she faced suspension because of her... Read more

The flag of California.

Federal appeals court hears arguments over California abortion mandate

Nov 20, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Friday in the case of California churches against the state’s abortion... Read more

Treat churches like businesses during lockdowns, Americans say

Nov 18, 2020

As some states and cities reinstate restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a survey has found that... Read more

Catholics protest coronavirus restrictions under which public Masses are banned, Nov. 15, 2020, in Versailles.

'We want Mass': Catholics in France protest ban on public worship

Nov 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Catholics in France gathered outside churches in multiple cities this weekend calling on the government to allow them to attend... Read more

Parents holding child's hand.

Supreme Court adoption case could have national impact on religious liberty

Oct 28, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Gail Blais and her husband James wanted to adopt her biological great-granddaughter, who is now just over one year old... Read more

Department of Health and Human Services at the Wilbur J. Cohen Federal Building.

Catholic diocese worked with HHS to get priests to COVID patients

Oct 20, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Diocese of Arlington helped intervene on behalf of a dying COVID patient when he needed a priest to offer him... Read more

Flag of Azerbaijan on military uniform.

Religion central to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Oct 13, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Religion is a central factor in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Christian advocates explained in a briefing on the conflict... Read more

Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Senators support DC church's suit against discriminatory coronavirus restrictions

Oct 8, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Members of Congress are supporting a Washington, D.C., Baptist church in its court case against the city’s enforcement of its... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Brooklyn, NYC.

Brooklyn bishop: 'Outrageous' NY coronavirus restrictions ignore church successes

Oct 7, 2020

The Bishop of Brooklyn has strongly criticized the re-imposition of strict coronavirus rules on places of worship in New York... Read more

The Colorado State Capitol.

Judge upholds Colorado's coronavirus limits on religious gatherings

Oct 1, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday denied an injunction sought by a Protestant ministry against Colorado's coronavirus health orders, which limit... Read more

Florida State University.

Catholic Florida State student ousted from student senate alleges religious discrimination

Sep 30, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A federal court heard arguments on Tuesday in the case of Jack Denton, the Catholic student ousted from Florida State... Read more