Christians are the most widely targeted religious group in the world

When it comes to religious persecution, Christians are the most widely targeted community, said a new report released this week. But despite oppression and threat of violence, the faithful “should not be afraid,” said a Pakistani archbishop. Pakistan’s Christians have made vital contributions to the country’s history and must not refrain from professing their faith… Continue reading Christians are the most widely targeted religious group in the world

An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia

An amendment from the 1870s that was once used to target Catholics is now being invoked in Georgia once again to challenge a scholarship program allowing children to attend religious schools. And the use of the amendment is deeply unacceptable, religious freedom advocates say. “Georgia’s program is helping low-income children. It would be a terrible… Continue reading An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia

Trump woos Catholic voters in EWTN interview

Trump told Raymond Arroyo he had undergone a change of heart over abortion Donald Trump has reached out to Catholic voters in a 15-minute interview with EWTN, the largest Catholic news network in the world. Speaking to Raymond Arroyo, who hosts the network’s World Over programme, Trump spoke about his pro-life position and his concerns… Continue reading Trump woos Catholic voters in EWTN interview

Massachussetts transgender bathroom law faces legal challenge

ADF say the new law could force churches to ‘violate their core religious beliefs’ A religious liberty organisation is taking legal action to protect Massachussetts churches from having to open transgender bathrooms. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a federal lawsuit against a new state law which they say is “punishing” the protected religious speech of churches… Continue reading Massachussetts transgender bathroom law faces legal challenge

To this Christian woman, headscarves are a religious freedom issue too

A devout Christian woman has said Alabama county officials violated her rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf for her driver’s license photo when she considers it part of her religious practice to cover her hair. Yvonne Allen of Tuskegee, Ala. said the Lee County clerk told her only Muslim women are allowed to… Continue reading To this Christian woman, headscarves are a religious freedom issue too

Leaked e-mails show DNC meetings with anti-religious freedom project

Washington D.C., Jul 27, 2016 / 12:07 am (CNA).- Leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee show efforts to arrange a meeting with a key NGO working to end religious liberty protections. The emails were among thousands that surfaced on the website WikiLeaks July 22. The leak included emails to and from several DNC lead… Continue reading Leaked e-mails show DNC meetings with anti-religious freedom project

Catholics in Cuba Appeal to Government for Freedom

The Archdiocese of Havana in Cuba has used their magazine published on Thursday to plea with the Cuban government to grant breathing room for religious practices in the nation. The magazine called Palabra Nueva. The editorial made references to the postive and life-changing impact the three papal visits Cuba has had in the resent times… Continue reading Catholics in Cuba Appeal to Government for Freedom

Spain's socialist party would ban religion classes – even in private schools

As Spain prepares for its general election in December, Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the nation’s socialist party, has said that if elected his government will pull religion courses from both public and private schools. Sánchez leads the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), the largest opposition party in the nation. General elections will take place… Continue reading Spain's socialist party would ban religion classes – even in private schools

With release of religious freedom report, global watchdog gets funding renewal

President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill reauthorizing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, ending a period of speculation about the future of the religious freedom watchdog. The extension comes two days after the release of annual State Department report on global religious freedom, for which the commission is an advisor. Senate bill… Continue reading With release of religious freedom report, global watchdog gets funding renewal

In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedo

Citing Pope Francis, the U.S. bishops are urging lawmakers act quickly to pass a bill that would reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose mandate expired yesterday. “At a time when international religious freedom is increasingly imperiled, it is vital that USCIRF be reauthorized so that it can continue to highlight the need… Continue reading In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedo

What it means that Pope Francis met Kim Davis

ROME – If anyone suspected that Pope Francis didn’t really mean the strong words he spoke on religious freedom last week in the United States – that he was phoning it in, while his real concerns were elsewhere – claims that he held a private meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis certainly should lay… Continue reading What it means that Pope Francis met Kim Davis

Francis defended religious liberty in word and deed, Archbishop Lori says of DC visit

Pope Francis’ defense of religious freedom at the White House on Wednesday was “hugely significant,” said the chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. “He said that we should not be forced to give up or compromise our beliefs,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said of Pope Francis’ remarks at the… Continue reading Francis defended religious liberty in word and deed, Archbishop Lori says of DC visit

Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

Pope Francis met with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution debated and adopted, this afternoon. Please find below the full text of his prepared remarks for the address: Dear Friends, One of the highlights of my visit is to stand here, before… Continue reading Full text of Pope Francis' religious liberty address to Hispanics

For Pope Francis, it's imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.

In a Philadelphia moment laden with symbolism, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged all Americans and all religions to unite against efforts that would limit religious freedom. “May this country and each of you be renewed in gratitude for the many blessings and freedoms that you enjoy. And may you defend these rights, especially your religious… Continue reading For Pope Francis, it's imperative: religious liberty is a gift from God. Defend it.