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

Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission

Congress has only one month to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Many human rights activists and religious leaders have stressed its importance, and the nation’s bishops suggest the commission would help the U.S. fulfill Pope Francis’ call to protect religious minorities. “Protecting religious freedom is critical to the health of societies,” said… Continue reading Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission