Religious Persecution

April 4, 2014

U.N. Registers Lebanon’s Millionth Syrian Refugee

Reporters embedded in the Middle Eastern country content the unofficial number is much higher.

April 4, 2014

Obama Urged to Create Envoy for Religious Minorities After Papal Meeting

Of special concern to Rep. Frank Wolf, who wrote the March 27 letter appealing to the president, were those in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

January 9, 2014

Christian Baker Files Religious-Freedom Appeal in Wedding-Cake Ruling

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, says he is being forced to promote a ‘false view of marriage’ or face jail time.

November 22, 2013

Archbishop Rejects Misuse of Pope’s Words to Justify Illinois’ Redefinition of Marriage

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Pope Francis forcefully opposed same-sex ‘marriage’ in Argentina and asked Catholics to defend the family.

August 9, 2013

U.S. Ambassador Demands Investigation Into Catholic Cuban Dissident's Death

A chorus of voices have demanded an independent investigation into the 2012 vehicle crash that killed Cuba's leading dissident voice against the Castro government.

August 5, 2013

Same-Sex Couple to Sue Church of England for Marriage Rights

The Catholic Church and her officials could be subject to lawsuits under human-rights laws for refusing to solemnize the 'marriage' of same-sex couples.

July 26, 2013

Archbishop Broglio Discusses Challenges for Catholics in the Armed Forces

The head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services reiterates his concern for greater conscience protection.

June 14, 2013

Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Protecting Soldiers’ Conscience Rights

The presidential move is the latest in a string of incidents that have generated concern among Catholics and other Christian leaders.

April 15, 2013

Christian Converts Recount Captivity in Iran

At an event sponsored by the Hudson Institute, the two women said there are 'many, many churches in Iran,' which harshly punishes converts from Islam.

January 11, 2013

Religious Leaders Urged to Fight Global Persecution

In a letter to prominent Protestants and Catholics, Rep. Frank Wolf says ‘the West must speak out on behalf of the persecuted Church around the world.’

November 29, 2012

Missouri Business Granted Injunction Against HHS Mandate

The company’s Catholic owner says the contraceptive mandate violates his religious freedom by forcing him to provide insurance coverage for morally objectionable drugs and procedures.

October 31, 2012

North Dakota Bishop Stands by Pastoral Letter on Election

His call to vote in accordance with a properly formed conscience wasn’t directed against specific candidates, Bishop Kagan explains.

October 18, 2012

Religious Freedom (Briefly) Surfaces During Debates, Stirring Frustration

Where the HHS mandate stands in the midst of pre-election sound bites and strategy.

September 11, 2012

Christian Pastor Released From Iranian Prison

Yousef Nadarkhani's release comes after nearly three years of facing the threat of execution for his religion.

June 21, 2012

Fortnight of Films Celebrate Religious Liberty

Register film critic Steven D. Greydanus recommends 14 films to accompany the saint of each day.

May 29, 2012

SDG Reviews 'For Greater Glory'

¡Viva Cristo Rey! Epic film celebrates a historic Catholic struggle for religious freedom that resonates with our own times.

May 8, 2012

How the Church Was Destroyed in Shanghai

Communist Party dossiers reveal the methods that dismantled a flourishing Catholic community.

November 22, 2011

Nun Serving Tribal Peoples Killed in India

Authorities suspect mafia associated with mining company that Sister Valsa John fought.

January 13, 2010

Churches Bear Brunt of Anger in Malaysia