Religious Freedom

Thumbnail shutterstock hug cna size A bizarre ruling in Colombia bans civic prayer...and hugs

In what's been labeled an “absurd” move, a judge in Colombia has banned prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start of Cartagena city council sessions...

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Thumbnail capitol at sunset credit vgm8383 via flickr cc by nc 20 cna 5 Advocates chide US – stop ignoring religiously-motivated violence

The U.S. must recognize all causes of religious freedom abuses around the world – including religious motivations where they exist, experts told...

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Thumbnail gomez col 1 1 After the Hobby Lobby case

The U.S. Supreme Court made a good decision this week in recognizing that Hobby Lobby’s owners can follow their religious beliefs and conscience in...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 126388286 After Trinity Lutheran

Will a preschool kids’ playground turn out to be the path that leads to ending a historic form of discrimination against church-sponsored schools...

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Thumbnail cemetery credit peter griffin cc0 10 cna 3 25 15 A grave problem – NJ ban on religious headstone sales could violate constitution

A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according...

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Thumbnail us supreme court 3 cna 4 17 15 1 Ahead of Supreme Court marriage decision, states act to protect religious freedom

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to deliver a ruling that could lead to sweeping changes in the definition of marriage nationwide, two states...

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Thumbnail outside 13 of the supreme court in washington dc during the courts ruling in favor of legalizing gay marriage on june 26 2015 credit addie mena cna 6 26 15 A hopeful sign? New development in the Little Sisters' court case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for parties in the Little Sisters’ case to submit alternative means, if possible, of ensuring contraceptive...

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Thumbnail rabbi david saperstein in davos switzerland january 25 2013 credit world economic forum via flickr cc by nc sa 20 cna 12 15 14 A long vacancy: Controversial religious freedom diplomat takes helm

The U.S. Senate voted 61-36 on Friday to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as the next U.S. Ambassador at-large for International Religious Freedom. ...

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Thumbnail little sisters of the poor 6 outside scotus after oral arguments for their case against the hhs mandate credit becket fund for religious liberty cna 4 14 16 1 Americans agree: Obama administration unfair to Little Sisters of the Poor

A new survey says most Americans think the Obama administration’s federal contraception mandate is unfair to the Little Sisters of the Poor and...

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Thumbnail american flag and church credit martin via flickr cc by nc nd 20 cna 3 1 16 Americans think religious freedom is a big priority

New Haven, Conn., Jan 9, 2017 / 09:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom continues to enjoy strong backing from most Americans, a new survey...

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Thumbnail alan sears speaks at the catholics in the public square conference in phoenix az on sept 6 2014 credit ryan thomas cna cna 9 9 14 Amid mounting religious freedom threats, role of laity highlighted

As domestic religious freedom threats reach unprecedented levels, the lay faithful must play an active role in promoting and defending religious...

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Thumbnail zimbabwe flag credit harvey barrison via flickr cc by sa 20 cna Amid protests, Zimbabwe's Christian leaders band together to speak out

Harare, Zimbabwe, Jul 22, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In Zimbabwe, there are protests against the government and officials’ harsh treatment...

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Thumbnail indiana state capitol credit jimmy emerson dvm via flickr cc by nc nd 20 filter added cna Amid religious freedom concerns, relief over Indiana bill's failure

An Indiana anti-discrimination bill failed in the state senate because it would have proved disastrous for religious freedom, one legal expert has...

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Thumbnail church credit orangecatteam shutterstock cna An old anti-Catholic law has resurfaced in Georgia

Atlanta, Ga., Jan 3, 2017 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An amendment from the 1870s that was once used to target Catholics is now being invoked in...

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Thumbnail cathedral basilica of the immaculate conception in denver co credit pascal pollei via flickr cc by nc 20 cna 7 1 15 1 Anti-Catholic history in US shows Church has survived and will continue, historian says

As bishops warn of current threats to religious liberty in the United States, Catholics can take heart that such challenges have faced them before,...

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Thumbnail prayer faith church palm sunday rome march 24 2013 credit alan holdren cna cna 3 25 13 1 Arabic iBreviary a 'gateway' to religious freedom, creator says

Fr. Paolo Padrini, creator of the iBreviary application, said that part of his goal for the recent release of the program in Arabic is fostering...

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Thumbnail archbishop william e lori takes part in a press conference at the usccbs fall general assembly in baltimore on nov 11 2013 credit addie mena cna cna 11 11 13 1 Archbishop: Be vigilant against US religious freedom threats

Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to remain on guard of their...

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Thumbnail archbishop charles chaput of philadelphia speaks at the vatican press office march 25 2014 credit daniel ibanez cna 3 cna 6 8 16 Archbishop Chaput warns of 'drastically' unjust Pennsylvania bill

A proposed Pennsylvania bill unfairly targets religious entities over public institutions – despite its claim to aid sex abuse victims,  says...

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