• Bishops pray for exorcism as anti-Catholic attacks continue in Nicaragua

    As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer. The bishops said that July 20 would be a day of prayer and fasting “as an act of atonement for the profanation... Read more
  • Nicaragua crisis: ’38 killed in bloodiest day’

    Sunday was the deadliest day in Nicaragua since a wave of anti-government protests started in April, a local human rights group says. According to the Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights (Cenidh), 38 people were killed during clashes in three areas. Cenidh says 31 were anti-government... Read more
  • What are the new border policies?

    Washington D.C., Jun 18, 2018 / 03:57 pm (CNA).- In recent weeks, changes to the U.S. enforcement of immigration policy have made headlines, as an effort to pursue criminal prosecution has led to family separations. What exactly are the new policies? How did the changes come about? And how... Read more
  • Dozens killed in protests as U.S. embassy inaugurated in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM - As the new U.S. embassy was inaugurated in Jerusalem May 14, violence broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers. International media reported that in Gaza, at least 52 people were killed, including five under the age of 18, and some 2,000 were injured. The... Read more
  • Chinese government official: No religion ‘transcends nations’

    Beijing, China, Apr 3, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Chinese government official who oversees religious affairs said Tuesday that government restrictions on bishop appointments are not a violation of religious freedom, as he emphasized that religions in China must “adapt to socialist... Read more
  • Police killing of Stephon Clark generates national attention as questions swirl

    National scrutiny is growing around Sacramento police amid more protests over the shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed African American man. Before their game Sunday at Golden 1 Center, Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics players wore T-shirts bearing Clark's name. The black... Read more
  • Sam Brownback Finally Confirmed as America’s Religious Freedom Ambassador

    The US Senate finally confirmed Sam Brownback as America’s next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Wednesday evening, six months after President Donald Trump tapped the Kansas Republican for the job. The chamber voted 50–49—calling on Vice President Mike Pence to... Read more
  • International Religious Freedom Commission issues bi-partisan letter supporting Iranian protesters

    NEW YORK - A bi-partisan group of current and past heads of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) have joined together to offer their support for Iranian government protesters. In an open-letter published on Thursday, nine leading religious liberty experts praised... Read more
  • Pope Francis urges world leaders to respect UN position on Jerusalem

    Vatican City, Dec 6, 2017 / 03:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With debate on the status of Jerusalem heating up in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize the city as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis has urged international leaders to proceed with prudence... Read more
  • Calling Them Rohingya, Pope Embraces Members of Persecuted Muslim Minority

    DHAKA, Bangladesh — After meeting several Rohingya Muslims and hearing their stories in Bangladesh, Pope Francis uttered a moving prayer from the heart, affirming their dignity and asking forgiveness on behalf of all who persecute the Burmese minority. He also broke the protocol he has... Read more