Religious Freedom

In Henan, Chinese Catholics warned to follow rules on religious affairs

A clampdown on religious freedom has intensified in the province in recent months, with crosses removed from churches, Catholic-run institutions closed, people expelled from Mass.
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Washington Archdiocese considers next step in lawsuit over transit ad

The Archdiocese of Washington was weighing its options after a federal judge denied a request for an emergency injunction over the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's advertising guidelines.
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French symposium focuses on religious freedom

When the government starts putting restrictions on the practice of the faith, the lieutenant governor said, it is good to keep in mind “why we have the Constitution and the amendments and the sacrifices of the Carroll family.”
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Knights CEO praises plan for getting U.S. aid to persecuted Christians

Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, praised the decision by the Trump administration to provide direct U.S. aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East and route it through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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Archbishop Lori calls line of questioning of judicial nominee ‘deeply disappointing’

“These comments are a reminder that we must remain vigilant against latent bigotries that may still infect our national soul,” Archbishop William E. Lori said.
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Court: Company can take sisters’ land to build natural gas pipeline

The Adorers of the Blood of Christ and other landowners in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, have lost their court case to keep a natural gas pipeline from being built on their property.
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Knights to send $2 million to restore Christian town in Iraq

The Knights are following the example of the Hungarian government, whose new spending bill allowed for $2 million to be sent to the Archdiocese of Irbil in Iraq to rebuild a Christian community near Mosul, Iraq.
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USCCB president urges Trump to quickly act to ease contraceptive mandate

Religious charities, schools and pro-life advocacy organizations could face millions of dollars in fines from the federal government for not complying with the mandate.
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Catholic governor nominated for religious freedom ambassador post

President Donald Trump nominated Brownback to the position of ambassador at large for International Religious Freedom, according to a White House announcement July 26.
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Gingrich, nominee for U.S. ambassador to Vatican, testifies at hearing

Callista Gingrich testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations July 18 for her confirmation hearing as President Donald Trump's nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
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Use gift of freedom well, Archbishop Lori tells convocation delegates

In the July 3 closing Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom, Archbishop William E. Lori called on Catholics to thank God for the gift of freedom and to pray that they "use this gift well and wisely."
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