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Dec 6, 2019 - 07:30 am .- The House of Representatives this week passed legislation recognizing the mass detention of Uyghurs and other abuses committed by the Chinese government in the province of Xinjiang.
Dec 2, 2019 - 02:01 pm .- Australia’s Catholic bishops support “nationally consistent” reporting standards for the abuse of minors, but cannot support new national legal standards that would force priests to report real or suspected child abuse learned under the strict confidence of sacramental confessions, the bishops have said.
Nov 29, 2019 - 10:00 am .- Pope Francis told the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s theological commission Friday that synodality will be key for the Church in the future.
Nov 27, 2019 - 12:01 pm .- Human rights groups have voiced concern over the arrest of a Coptic Christian activist in Egypt, on terrorism-related charges. Critics argue the arrest is an attempt to silence those who disagree with the government.
Nov 22, 2019 - 04:02 pm .- With the current authorization for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expiring this year, proposed changes to the independent panel have sparked controversy.
Nov 22, 2019 - 04:00 am .- In a meeting with leaders of major religions in Thailand Friday, Pope Francis stressed the importance of upholding human dignity and religious freedom.
Nov 4, 2019 - 08:00 pm .- Chinese authorities have offered a compensation to a Catholic community for the destruction of their church. The offer comes after parishioners barricaded themselves in the Church building overnight in protest of the demolition. 
Nov 4, 2019 - 12:13 pm .- Democratic primary candidate Pete Buttigieg has said that religious freedom must be curbed if it is used to “harm,” prompting calls for clarification about what the presidential hopeful considers grounds for restricting religious practice.
Nov 1, 2019 - 02:00 pm .- The rule change by the Department of Health and Human Services means that faith-based adoption agencies to continue receiving federal funding without matching children with same-sex couples.
Nov 1, 2019 - 07:30 am .- The Kentucky state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a Christian business owner who declined to serve an LGBT pride festival, and who was punished by a local government for discrimination.
Oct 25, 2019 - 10:54 am .- An Ohio teen is speaking out after being disqualified from an Oct. 19 cross-country meet because she was wearing a hijab.
Oct 24, 2019 - 11:02 am .- The protection of holy sites and houses of worship was the subject of a recent hearing held by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
Oct 23, 2019 - 01:26 pm .- Attorneys for the Little Sisters of the Poor reiterated their call for the U.S. Supreme Court to step in after a second appeals court ruled against the sisters’ exemption from the federal contraception mandate.
Oct 22, 2019 - 05:19 pm .- The U.S. Secretary of State listed promoting international religious freedom and fighting abortion as among U.S. foreign policy priorities in a Tuesday speech on diplomacy.
Oct 22, 2019 - 03:18 pm .- A hearing of the Australian Senate was told Tuesday that the government had narrowed the purview of an independent inquiry into the effect of anti-discrimination laws on religious schools and organizations.
Oct 17, 2019 - 11:59 am .- One U.S. senator is looking to bring up a vote on protecting churches from attempts to police their beliefs, after a presidential candidate said churches should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage.
Oct 15, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- The Obama-era regulation would require most doctors throughout the country to perform gender-transition surgeries upon request, despite any conscience-based or prudential objections.
Oct 8, 2019 - 12:49 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Australia are among those who have called for changes to a contentious religious discrimination bill, saying that while it shows promise, it does not do enough to safeguard religious freedom.
Oct 4, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- An employment tribunal in England stated Wednesday that a biblical view of sex and gender is “incompatible with human dignity” in a ruling against a doctor who was denied employment after refusing to use the preferred pronouns of transgender clients
Oct 2, 2019 - 06:00 am .- U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo spoke out Wednesday about China’s religious freedom violations during a visit to the Vatican.