Religious Freedom

Stacks of booklets distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses are seen during the court session on Dec. 16, 2010, in the Siberian town of Gorno-Altaysk, Russia. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alexandr Tyryshkin
Politics & Society News
Most recently, Russia banned Jehovah’s Witnesses, labeling them “extremist” and ordering the state to seize their properties.
A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis April 26 ahead of the pontiff's April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellApril 26, 2017
“Peace be with you” was the message of the Risen Jesus to his disciples on the first Easter, and it is the message Francis will bring to the Muslim and Christian communities in this land.
In this Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 file photo,toppled and damaged headstones rest on the ground at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
Politics & Society News
The Anti-Defamation League found evidence that anti-Jewish bias intensified during the election.
Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl speaks during an April 20 forum to release the findings of a study on responses to Christian persecution. The event was at the National Press Club in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
Politics & Society News
"This is not a Christian crisis of concern only to Christians," Cardinal Wuerl said. "This is a human crisis."
Russia's Supreme Court judge Yuri Ivanenko reads the decision in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Politics & Society News
Associated PressApril 21, 2017
Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday banned Jehovah's Witnesses from operating anywhere in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.
Pope Francis greets Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a private meeting in 2016 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellApril 21, 2017
Pope Francis will be in Egypt for two days beginning on April 28.