Religious Freedom

May 30, 2013

Church in Northern Arabia Longs for ‘Place to Worship’

Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of Kuwait, said a major concern for his vicariate is promoting religious freedom for Christians in the area.

May 29, 2013

Iranian Government Arrests Christian Pastor and Closes His Church

Iranian law does not recognize or protect members of Protestant Christian groups or some Catholic Christians.

May 24, 2013

Hobby Lobby Has Hearing Before Federal Appeals Court Regarding HHS Suit

Christian store's lawyer is encouraged after arguing the case before full panel of 10th Circuit judges.

May 15, 2013

Minnesota Redefines Marriage Despite Religious-Freedom Warnings

The Minnesota Catholic Conference will ‘continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.’ The state is the 12th to change its definition of marriage.

May 14, 2013

Second Fortnight for Freedom to Highlight Marriage, Mandate

The two-week commemoration encourages people to live out faith in the public square and the professional world.

April 30, 2013

Council of Europe Hailed for Religious-Freedom Resolution

Resolution 1928 says that the assembly must ‘accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere by guaranteeing freedom of thought in relation to health care, education and the civil service.’

April 29, 2013

How Will Pope Francis Address Persecution of Christians Around the World?

Authority Nina Shea discusses the issue and what awaits the Holy Father.

April 26, 2013

Vatican Official Cautions of ‘Subtle’ Religious Freedom Violations

Cardinal Giancarlo Ravasi says the restrictions on religious freedom ‘are not simply legal or political issues but a direct outrage on the human dignity of persons.’

April 24, 2013

Six-Figure Grant to ‘Catholics United’ Tried to Recruit Clergy

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave the Catholics United Education Fund $116,000 to recruit Catholic clergy to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

April 18, 2013

Religious Freedom vs. Totalitarianism

COMMENTARY

April 17, 2013

Archbishop Lori: ‘We Cannot Evangelize If We Cannot Engage’

The U.S. bishops’ point man on religious liberty affirms the continuing need for Catholics to live out their faith-based values in the public square.

April 16, 2013

Cardinal Wuerl Ramps Up Support for George Washington Chaplain

During an April 14 Mass with George Washington University students, Washington's cardinal commended chaplain Father Greg Shaffer.

April 16, 2013

Washington State Sues Florist for Declining to Beautify Same-Sex ‘Wedding’

Attorney general says that Barronelle Stutzman violated a state consumer-protection law when she turned down business from a homosexual couple.

April 12, 2013

Little Sisters Plead for Accommodation From Government

The Little Sisters of the Poor said the Health and Human Services' mandate ‘threatens the operation’ of their homes for the elderly poor.

April 10, 2013

U.S. Representative Decries Attacks on Coptic Christians

Egyptian Coptic Christians have faced a significant increase in violence since the country’s 2011 revolution.

April 10, 2013

White House Opposes N.Y. Archdiocese’s Request for Documents

The New York Archdiocese’s subpoena for the files is part of a lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate.

April 9, 2013

Fight Against HHS Mandate Draws Thanks From Bishops

Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, thanks all those who have challenged the HHS mandate in federal courts.

April 3, 2013

Americans Encouraged to Join Mounting Opposition to Mandate

Catholic Vote says the record number of comments demonstrates that Americans have deep reservations over the reach of the mandate.

March 29, 2013

Panel Urges Awareness of Global Christian Oppression

Authors of a new book warned that the persecution of Christians affects those of other faiths as well.

March 29, 2013

Pro-Life Democrats Call for Broad HHS Mandate Exemptions

Democrats for Life of America supported the Affordable Care Act with the understanding that conscience rights would be protected.

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