Report puts ‘human face’ on global threats to religious freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Religious freedom “extends way beyond mere tolerance,” said Secretary of State John Kerry Oct. 14 when announcing the U.S. State Department’s release of the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report. He said it demands that faith practitioners “understand that they have no right to coerce others into submission, conversion, or silence, or to…

Ignoring God, not glorifying him, leads to violence, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — It is the complete disregard for God, not his glorification, that leads to violence in this world, Pope Francis said. That is why people of faith, particularly Christians and Muslims, must work together for peace, and governments must guarantee full religious freedom for their citizens and religious communities, he said Dec….

Court case shows that families are far from obsolete

The family unit still has influence, even in a society that seems to be devaluing it By Steve Kent One can appreciate the irony that the family, now often portrayed as a relic or obstacle, was recently the key element in a small but important step for religious freedom in the United States. The Supreme…

Votes fall short to move Senate bill forward in response to Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Senate July 16 voted to block consideration of a bill aimed at reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and forcing businesses to provide contraceptive coverage for employees even if they object to it on religious grounds. Known as the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference…

Nation’s bishops urged to make religious freedom a global priority

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Catholic News Service New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan called upon his brother bishops to champion the cause of people around the world being persecuted because of their faith even as the bishops continue to prevent what he described as infringements upon religious practice in the United States. In his final address as president of the U.S….