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New State Department actions don’t go far enough, religious freedom leader says

Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2016 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Religious freedom leaders applauded the U.S. State Department’s recent re-designation of nine countries – and the inclusion of one more – as the worst situations for religious freedom, but urged the agency to do more. After the […]

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Centuries of religious freedom at risk with Virginia veto, Catholic bishops warn

Richmond, Va., Apr 3, 2016 / 04:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The veto of a religious freedom bill means faith-based groups that support marriage as a union of a man and a woman won’t have needed protections, the state’s Catholic bishops said. “The Virginia Catholic Conference is deeply […]

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Don’t stop believing: Missouri religious liberty bill beats filibuster

Jefferson City, Mo., Mar 10, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A constitutional amendment to strengthen religious freedom protections will likely go to voters after the Missouri Senate ended a 39-hour filibuster by the proposal’s foes. The measure would specially protect churches and other organizations with objections […]

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Amid religious freedom concerns, relief over Indiana bill’s failure

Indianapolis, Ind., Feb 8, 2016 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Indiana anti-discrimination bill failed in the state senate because it would have proved disastrous for religious freedom, one legal expert has said. Indiana’s Senate Bill 344 died “because it was a threat to freedom of religion […]

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Religious freedom group condemns Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi’a cleric

Washington D.C., Jan 6, 2016 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. chief religious freedom watchdog condemned Saudi Arabia’s Jan. 2 execution of a Shi’a Muslim cleric as a violation of religious freedom, and called for global respect for human rights. “Sheik al-Nimr's execution blatantly disregards the […]

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Changes in Irish equality law could threaten identity of religious schools

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2015 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A measure passed by the Irish legislature in the name of equality actually threatens the ability of religious institutions to function and maintain their identity, critics say.   Last week, the Irish Senate voted unanimously to repeal […]

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Religious leaders, scholars ask Obama to declare ISIS violence a genocide

Washington D.C., Oct 7, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 100 religious leaders, scholars, and human rights advocates signed a letter Monday asking President Obama to formally declare the killing and displacement of Middle Eastern religious minorities a “genocide.” “We humbly request that your office […]

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

Washington D.C., Sep 26, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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 […]

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Pope Francis to Obama: Religious freedom is beyond price

Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday reminded U.S. president Barack Obama that religious freedom is one of America's most “precious possessions,” while lauding the nation's Catholics their work toward a society marked by tolerance and inclusivity. “With countless other people […]

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Not a taxing matter? IRS downplays gay marriage religious freedom threats

Washington D.C., Aug 8, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex civil marriage to be a fundamental right, the Internal Revenue Service said it has no intention of revoking religious non-profits' tax status. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who made the […]

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