Religious Freedom

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.
Catholic News Service October 17, 2018
Catholic clergy and laypeople have been expelled from Myanmar's northern Shan state by a China-backed ethnic minority army.
Signs of normal live are slowly returning to the ruins of Mosul. (Kevin Clarke)
Kevin Clarke October 09, 2018
Sunni Muslims who have returned to the gray dusty ruin of West Mosul, Iraq, to start over, but most Christians are convinced that is impossible to ever return to live here.
A Yazidi family in a temporary shelter in Iraq. (Kevin Clarke)
Kevin Clarke October 05, 2018
Few Yazidi families have been able to escape from temporary shelters in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan. Their home villages have not been swept for mines and booby traps left behind when ISIS was dislodged.