Religious Freedom

The daughters of Asia Bibi pose in 2010 with an image of their mother outside their residence in Sheikhupura, Pakistan. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters) 
David Stewart December 05, 2018
Fearing reprisals from militant groups, Britain shies away from offering asylum to Asia Bibi, a Catholic woman whose death sentence for blasphemy against Islam has been thrown out by judges in Pakistan.
It has been a month since Asia Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy, but her ordeal is far from over.
“Religious Freedom in the World 2018” found worsening conditions for religious freedom in 17 nations, citing attacks on Christians in India and Iraq.
People wait to see Pope Francis during his visit to the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, Aug. 26. The pope’s visit was still a major event in Ireland, but the repeal of the ban on blasphemy is one more sign of secularization. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Kevin Hargaden October 31, 2018
Before the vote, the Irish bishops called the law against blasphemy “largely obsolete,” and its demise makes for a more constructive social arrangement than Catholic hegemony.
Gerard O’Connell October 31, 2018
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Catholic mother of five.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether their religious freedom rights were violated by the construction and pending use of a natural gas pipeline through its land.