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A map of Nigeria.

Human rights leaders call for Nigeria to be redesignated as religious freedom violator

Dec 14, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

In 2021, the Biden administration removed Nigeria, a nation notorious for extreme levels of religious persecution, from the Countries of... Read more


U.S. bishops mark 25th anniversary of International Religious Freedom Act

Oct 26, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The bishops called the 1998 law a “landmark” piece of legislation meant to protect the “essential and inviolable” principle of... Read more

Funeral Mass in Nigeria

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria

May 14, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in... Read more

Former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

'You don’t negotiate with evil': Former ambassador hopes Vatican reconsiders deal with China

May 13, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The former U.S. religious freedom ambassador hopes that a new report documenting abuses by the Chinese Communist Party will prompt... Read more

U.S. embassy in Moscow displays LGBT "Pride" flag. Embassies will be allowed to fly the rainbow flag on the same flagpole as the U.S. flag.

State Department allowing U.S. embassies to fly LGBT 'Pride' flags

May 6, 2021

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is allowing U.S. diplomatic posts around the world to fly the LGBT “Pride” flag on... Read more


‘Reproductive rights are human rights,’ U.S. Secretary of State says

Mar 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

“Reproductive rights” are “human rights,” the U.S. Secretary of State emphasized on Tuesday upon the release of the State Department’s... Read more

Robert Destro.

Senate confirms Catholic law professor as Asst. Secretary of State

Sep 18, 2019

Robert Destro, a law professor at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, was confirmed by the Senate as... Read more

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

Despite McCarrick abuse claims, State Department leaves questions unanswered

Sep 5, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick made several overseas trips with the U.S. State Department, including some documented on Wikileaks, but a... Read more

Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters of the US Department of State, Washington D.C.

US Secretary of State announces major religious freedom meeting

May 29, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The U.S. government will host its first-ever Ministerial Meeting to Advance Religious Freedom this summer, newly-confirmed Secretary of State Mike... Read more

Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters of the US Department of State, Washington D.C.

State Department removes 'reproductive rights' section from human rights report

Apr 30, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

The U.S. State Department has removed the term “reproductive rights” from its annual human rights report, drawing praise from pro-life... Read more

Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart surveys damage from an attack on Christians in Aleppo, Syria, May 2015.

A plea to the US Secretary of State: Recognize anti-Christian genocide

Feb 25, 2016

The U.S. must not ignore the Islamic State’s genocide of Christians. That is the position of a petition drive and... Read more

Capitol at Sunset.

Advocates chide US – stop ignoring religiously-motivated violence

Oct 28, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. must recognize all causes of religious freedom abuses around the world – including religious motivations where they exist,... Read more

Rainbow Flag.

Why a new State Department position could spell trouble for religious liberty

Feb 26, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The State Department’s new LGBT special envoy will promote human rights abroad but could also pose a serious threat to... Read more

Ambassador-at-Large for Trafficking in persons Luis CdeBaca.

China, Russia faulted for not protecting trafficking victims

Jul 12, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

A State department official has testified before Congress explaining that China, Russia and Uzbekistan have not made adequate progress in... Read more