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Mar 3, 2021 - 11:00 am .- An campaign finance bill under consideration in the House could present grave concerns for religious liberty, an opponent of the bill told CNA.  
Mar 2, 2021 - 03:00 pm .- A leading Christian adoption agency will now work with same-sex couples looking to foster or adopt children, in a change of its nationwide policy reported on Monday.
Feb 27, 2021 - 03:01 pm .- An effort to restore strong religious freedom protections in Iowa has the backing of the state Catholic conference and others who say there should be a high threshold for any state interference with the free exercise of religion.
Feb 26, 2021 - 05:05 pm .- As religious services in British Columbia are still shut down by government orders, a Catholic archbishop is asking the government to reconsider and offer religious institutions the same rights as businesses. 
Feb 25, 2021 - 03:00 pm .- The House on Thursday passed the Equality Act, a bill that the U.S. bishops have warned would trample religious freedom protections while codifying gender ideology in federal law.
Feb 22, 2021 - 02:23 pm .- As President Joe Biden re-established a key White House faith-based office last week, former political liaisons to religious groups commended the move—but warned that the office might be misused.
Feb 20, 2021 - 02:39 am .- Ahead of a significant Supreme Court case that could determine whether Catholic adoption agencies can stay open in the U.S., a religious freedom attorney has criticized an article arguing against religious freedom protections.
Feb 19, 2021 - 04:00 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) has come out in opposition to the Equality Act, which was introduced in the U.S. House on Thursday.
Feb 17, 2021 - 05:36 pm .- The French National Assembly has passed a bill that backers say will counter extremism and separatism, especially among French Muslims. However, the bill includes stricter controls on religion, bars religious symbols in some circumstances, and places strict regulations on homeschooling.
Feb 15, 2021 - 03:52 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Scotland, along with several other Christian groups, are speaking out against a proposed “hate crimes” law in the country that they say could interfere with the free exercise of religion.
Feb 12, 2021 - 10:30 am .- Government officials cannot shut down religious services as “non-essential” during the pandemic—particularly when they are contradicting the “science” in doing so, the Archbishop of San Francisco wrote on Thursday.
Feb 10, 2021 - 02:00 pm .- A recently published work collects speeches, articles, and essays by Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, on religious freedom, respect for life, and more.
Feb 10, 2021 - 04:00 am .- Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Chicago argued before the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday that parishes should be free to choose church leaders without government interference.
Feb 6, 2021 - 03:01 pm .- The Virginia House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to remove conscience protections for child-placing agencies, prompting worry that the state’s Catholic adoption and foster care agencies could be forced to shut down because of their views on marriage.
Feb 6, 2021 - 11:04 am .- California’s strict coronavirus rules banning indoor worship were blocked and revised by a U.S. Supreme Court injunction late Friday night, drawing praise from figures like Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
Feb 4, 2021 - 02:12 pm .- A proposed ban on “conversion therapy” for sexual orientation or gender identity in Australia’s Victoria state is far too broad and could target normal prayer and conversations between children and parents, Catholic bishops and Muslim leaders warned this week.
Feb 3, 2021 - 01:00 pm .- A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed an Indiana county to display a nativity scene at its courthouse. 
Feb 3, 2021 - 10:00 am .- In an interview with CNA, Ryan Anderson—a prominent speaker and author on marriage, sexuality, religious freedom, and natural law—offered advice for Catholics on discussing issues such as abortion and gender ideology, and pointed to saints who could serve as models for this evangelization. 
Jan 26, 2021 - 03:01 pm .- A Catholic student who said his university’s newspaper wrongly fired him for his critical views of homosexuality and transgenderism has filed a claim in a Canadian human rights tribunal, saying he was wrongly discriminated against.
Jan 22, 2021 - 02:01 pm .- Catholic medical groups and employers say their religious freedom position has been strengthened by a federal injunction against mandatory insurance coverage or medical referrals for gender transition therapy.