The right to choose a religion (or no religion) without interference by the government has been guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution since our early years as a nation.
Everyone has “a stake in this fight” for religious freedom, said the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback.
Callista Gingrich, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, provided commentary in connection with the release May 29 of the 2017 International Religious Freedom Report and the announcement at the U.S. State Department about a top-level consultation that will take place in July on promoting religious freedom.
This year’s National Catholic Prayer breakfast took on a decidedly Kansas flavor, as Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City and Sam Brownback, a former House and Senate member and governor of Kansas, addressed nearly 1,000 gathered at a Washington hotel May 24.
It is time for the United States to take a “self-critical” look at how it has treated religious freedom issues among its own leaders, said one speaker at a May 8 policy briefing near the Capitol with the new U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom.
Church leaders in Congo expressed shock after security forces fired on Catholic protesters, leaving at least eight dead and 120 people detained.
In a breakfast speech Dec. 6, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, promised that Congress “will continue to press for aid accountability, including ensuring that genocide-targeted communities, among them Christians, are receiving what they need in order to restart and rebuild their lives.”
There’s little doubt among the church’s deep thinkers that renowned theologian Jesuit Father John Courtney Murray continues to shape Catholic social thought and interaction today, 50 years after his death.
A receptive, capacity crowd heard Bajoo, a former Syrian captive, U.N. ambassadors and leaders of aid organizations discuss “Peace, Reconciliation and Justice: The Future of Religious and Ethnic Minorities Victimized by Daesh” at a conference organized by the Vatican’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo on religious freedom issued for all federal agencies and departments to follow “helpfully reaffirms that the law protects the freedom of faith-based organizations to conduct their operations in accordance with their religious mission,” a U.S. archbishop said.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) spurred outrage about possible religious tests for judicial appointees when she questioned a Catholic judicial nominee Sept. 6 about what impact her faith would have on her interpretation of the law.