Religious Freedom

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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Religious freedom supporters applaud decision siding with Lutheran school

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Religious Liberty, said the decision was a "landmark victory for religious freedom."
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Court says church school can’t be barred from state funds for playground

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court June 26 said a Lutheran preschool should not be excluded from a state grant program to refurbish its playground surface just because it is a religious entity.
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National effort on religious liberty seen helping state advocacy on issue

Since its creation, the U.S. bishops' religious liberty committee has garnered much attention on the national stage for its efforts to protect religious freedom and fight government infringement on that freedom.
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Fortnight for Freedom: Archbishop Lori urges faithful to work for ‘holiness of freedom and freedom for holiness’

Archbishop Lori urged Catholics to develop in their hearts “the holiness of freedom and freedom for holiness – an irrepressible spirit of freedom, courage and mission that no earthly power can take away from us.”
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