Religious Freedom

Report gives snapshot of efforts to protect religious freedom around globe

In conjunction with the U.S. State Department's Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the Religious Freedom Institute presented a side event July 15 to discuss current international religious freedom policy.
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Report on religion restrictions gives U.S. bad marks in key areas

The U.S. scores in five of the eight categories examined were worse than they were in 2007, the first year Pew started researching the subject.
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Report details attacks on, abuses against religious freedom worldwide

The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom shows continued attacks and abuse by governments and societies against religious minorities.
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Secrecy of confession must never be violated, Vatican says

Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives.
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Historic cross on public property can stay, Supreme Court rules

In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland saying the cross did not endorse religion.
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Archbishop Gomez ‘deeply disappointed’ by Senate passing confession bill

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said he was "deeply disappointed" by the California Senate's passage of a bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of confession.
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California ‘confession bill’ viewed as violation of religious liberty

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would make the state the first since 1999 to require priests to choose between violating the law or violating the seal of the confessional.
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Two attacks in two days leave 10 Catholics dead in Burkina Faso

Catholic leaders in Burkina Faso appealed for unity and solidarity after two attacks on Catholics in two days left nine laypeople and a priest dead.
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Court says Philadelphia can end faith-based agencies’ foster placements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled April 22 that the city of Philadelphia can bar Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from placing children in foster care with any family because the Catholic agency upholds traditional marriage.
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Faith leaders urge U.S. government to uphold religious liberty

In an April 4 letter, the leaders urged Trump and the other U.S. leaders to recognize that "individuals of all faiths and none have equal dignity, worth and rights to religious freedom."
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Supreme Court offers possible ground for historic memorial cross to stay

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to lean toward preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Maryland Feb. 27 without making overall clarifications about the constitutionality of religious symbols on public property.
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U.S. bishops condemn court’s denial of imam’s presence at execution

The Supreme Court's refusal to allow an imam to be present at a Muslim man's execution Feb. 7 was "unjust treatment" that is "disturbing to people of all faiths," said two U.S bishops.
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