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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

Peace Cross, Bladensburg, Maryland.

Is this cross-shaped WWI memorial unconstitutional?

Jul 18, 2018

A petition has been submitted to the United States Supreme Court as part of an appeal to prevent the destruction... Read more

House committee moves to protect religious adoption agencies

Jul 12, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The House Appropriations Committee moved to protect the conscience rights and religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies on Wednesday.  Read more

Barronelle Stutzman.

Supreme Court returns case of florist who declined gay wedding to lower court

Jun 25, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a Washington state ruling against local florist Barronelle Stutzman, who in 2013 declined... Read more

USCCB Religious Freedom Week 2018 Logo.

Bishops' video series encourages prayer, action for Religious Freedom Week

Jun 20, 2018

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has posted a video series for Religious Freedom Week 2018, inviting Catholics to... Read more

Philly mom feels 'rejected' by ban on referrals to Catholic foster agency

May 31, 2018

Over the past 25 years, Sharonell Fulton has been a mother to more than 40 children through foster parenting in... Read more

A mosque in Stockholm.

Swedish town approves Islamic call to prayer after having denied church bells

May 17, 2018

A town in southern Sweden granted permission this week to allow Islamic calls to prayer for the local mosque –... Read more

Foster parents join Philadelphia’s Catholic Social Services in discrimination lawsuit

May 17, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A group of foster parents and social workers appeared in court on Wednesday, asking that the city of Philadelphia rescind... Read more