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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

Analysis: Benedict XVI’s unpublished letter- God is key to understanding human rights

May 14, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Ratiznger Schuelerkreis, a circle of former students of Joseph Ratzinger who meet annually, will gather this year to discuss... Read more

Barronelle Stutzman.

For opposing gay marriage, she's facing death threats and million-dollar lawsuits

Apr 18, 2018

When Barronelle Stutzman took a stand for her Christian beliefs nearly five years ago, she never imagined that she would... Read more

Austria considers headscarf ban for young girls in school

Apr 5, 2018

The Muslim community in Austria is calling for more dialogue surrounding the government’s recent proposal to ban headscarves, or hijabs,... Read more

Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. (public domain)

Ambassador Brownback: World faces a 'critical moment' for religious minorities

Mar 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“It is more dangerous now than any time in history to be a person of faith,” said Ambassador Sam Brownback... Read more

Iceland bishop voices concern over proposed circumcision ban

Mar 8, 2018

As Iceland's parliament continues to consider a bill that would bar circumcision for non-medical reasons, the head of the country's... Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canadian Catholics won’t be bullied into supporting abortion, bishop says

Feb 9, 2018

A Canadian bishop announced that the Diocese of London, Ontario, would protest new requirements for government grants that require organizations... Read more

Andrew Cuomo.

What New York’s non-discrimination order could mean for religious liberty

Feb 9, 2018

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has signed an executive order that bans the state from doing business with companies... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

Cardinal Marx: Bill banning circumcision in Iceland a threat to religious freedom

Feb 8, 2018

A new bill proposed in Iceland that would make circumcision punishable by up to six years in prison is a... Read more