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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

Fairbanks, Alaska. Image via Shutterstock

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

Philadelphia foster families continue fight for Catholic Social Services

Nov 1, 2018

By Perry West

Foster parents in Philadelphia will be in court next week, asking a judge to allow a Catholic agency to continue... Read more

European Court of Human Rights.

European court upholds conviction of woman accused of insulting Muhammed

Oct 26, 2018

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this week upheld a conviction against an Austrian woman who called the Islamic... Read more

The office of the Taoiseach in Dublin, Ireland.

Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Oct 26, 2018

Exit polls indicated Irish voters were expected to repeal the Republic of Ireland’s constitutional prohibition against blasphemy, with close to... Read more

Flag of China and Vatican

Chinese authorities destroy two Marian shrines despite Vatican-China agreement

Oct 26, 2018

By Mary Farrow

As part of an ongoing crackdown on religious practice in the country, Chinese authorities demolished two Catholic Marian shrines this... Read more

The flags of the People's Republic of China and Vatican City.

Holy See-China agreement draws criticism from US religious freedom advocates

Sep 30, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The Holy See’s provisional agreement with China on the appointment of bishops has drawn criticism from some U.S. religious freedom... Read more

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

China criticized for repression of Muslim ethnic group

Sep 25, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sept. 21 joined voices from Pakistan and around the world in denouncing Chinese... Read more

A mosque in China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, October 2006.

Chinese region sought to demolish mosque amid crackdown on religion

Aug 10, 2018

Officials in an autonomous region of northwest mainland China intended to demolish a mosque on Friday, but were met by... Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge Kavanaugh’s record on religious liberty and personal conscience examined

Aug 3, 2018

As the Senate prepares for confirmation hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, scholars and commentators are... Read more

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the Knesset Plenary Hall session ahead of the vote on the National Law on late July 18, 2018.

Controversial Israeli law excludes non-Jews, Latin Patriarchate says

Jul 31, 2018

A recently-adopted Israeli law that strongly affirmed the country’s link with the Jewish people and avoided mention of non-Jews wrongly... Read more

Metro ad. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Appeals court rules against Washington archdiocese in bus ad case

Jul 31, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was within its rights to ban the Archdiocese of Washington’s religious-themed advertisements, the U.S.... Read more