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Equality Act advances amid warnings over religious freedom

May 2, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has approved a controversial equality bill paving the way for a full vote on... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at the USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 12, 2018. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

'Our country should be better than this' says DiNardo after synagogue attack

Apr 29, 2019

The president of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference has condemned the shooting at a synagogue near San Diego on April 27,... Read more

Uyghurs at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, September 2010.

How China uses technology to repress Uyghurs

Apr 15, 2019

Government-run social media and facial recognition technology are being used to help monitor and detain Muslims in China's Xinjiang Uygur... Read more

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Catholic apple farmer sues over market ban

Apr 12, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

A farmer is suing the city of East Lansing, Michigan, after he was prohibited from selling organic apples at the... Read more

The Great Mosque of Medan.

Indonesian woman loses Supreme Court appeal over blasphemy conviction

Apr 9, 2019

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Buddhist woman who was convicted of blasphemy for complaining about the... Read more

Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin during his official visit to Kiev, 2017.

Religious freedom under attack from ‘new human rights,’ Parolin says

Apr 3, 2019

The Vatican Secretary of State condemned the ongoing abuse of religious freedom in many parts of the world, calling upon... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane from Malmo, Sweden, to Rome, Nov. 1, 2016.

Pope Francis: Freedom of conscience in danger in 'Christian countries'

Mar 31, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis decried the regression of freedom of conscience in “Christian countries” during an in-flight press conference Sunday, telling reporters... Read more

Dana Nessel, attorney general of Michigan.

Michigan AG: no funds for Catholic adoption agencies if LGBT non-compliant

Mar 25, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has barred state funds from adoption agencies that won't place children with same-sex couples, after... Read more

Federal court reaffirms tax exempt clergy housing allowances

Mar 19, 2019

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld tax-free housing allowances for clergy, a decision welcomed by pastors, religious organizations,... Read more

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

Colorado baker asks for true tolerance, and an end to the spotlight

Mar 12, 2019

A Colorado baker who became the focus of legal battles over religious freedom and same-sex marriage hopes his time in... Read more

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

Colorado and Masterpiece Cakeshop end legal battle

Mar 5, 2019

On Tuesday both Colorado and Masterpiece Cakeshop agreed to drop their ongoing litigation, ending a more than six-year-long legal battle.... Read more

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Alaska mayor vetoes equal rights ordinance

Mar 5, 2019

City Ordinance 6093 would have provided protections against discrimination for those who identify as LGBTQ in employment, housing, and in... Read more

A lethal injection chamber in California.

Muslim denied presence of imam at his execution in Alabama

Feb 8, 2019

A Muslim man convicted of murder has been executed in Alabama without his imam present, despite the man’s requests to... Read more

Halal lamb carcasses in a refrigerated warehouse.

As Belgium bans kosher and halal food prep, religious freedom fears grow

Jan 8, 2019

Jews and Muslims in Belgium could face difficulty finding food prepared according to their religious rules, as new animal slaughter... Read more

Pennsylvania AG files challenge to new federal religious freedom rules

Dec 14, 2018

New rules are set to ensure strong religious exemptions to federal mandates requiring employer health care plans to provide birth... Read more

In New York, public school officials to evaluate private schools

Dec 12, 2018

Leaders of New York state’s more than 500 Catholic schools are planning to boycott a new state review system, whereby... Read more

Iran, China detain hundreds of Christians

Dec 11, 2018

While religious leaders marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this week by saying that more... Read more

Millie Francis says she will not take down her painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Photo

'Have to kill me first': Florida woman refuses to remove Guadalupe from mobile home

Dec 6, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Millie Francis almost died once. She’s willing to do it again. This time, she says, it would be for Our... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Nov. 16, 2018.

Pope Francis calls restrictions to religious freedom a 'white martyrdom'

Nov 16, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

There is the bloody martyrdom of Christians killed for their faith, but also another “martyrdom” which takes place when religious... Read more

A roll of I Voted stickers.

Catholic vote split in midterm elections, pro-life amendments adopted

Nov 7, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The Nov. 6 midterm elections saw the Catholic vote split evenly between the two main parties, while down-ballot measures to... Read more