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Biden administration finalises rule on religious liberty protections

United States RNS Nine agencies of the Biden administration have finalised a new rule that officials say will improve religious freedom by protecting the rights of beneficiaries of social services funded by the government. In particular, the rule will affect those receiving help from the many social service providers that are faith-based and will ensure […]

Belarus’ authoritarian leader tightens control over the country’s religious groups

In this photo provided by the Belarusian Presidential Press Service, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko attends the New Year Eve's children's charity event held as part of the country's charity campaign Our Children, in the Palace of the Republic in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday, 28th December, 2023.

Tallinn, Estonia AP Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed a law into effect that significantly tightens control over various religious denominations and organisations. The law, published on the presidential website this week, mandates that all denominations and religious groups reapply for state registration, which authorities reserve the right to refuse. In this photo provided by […]

Essay: Building on 25 years of religious freedom advocacy

Displaced Iraqi women from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the Iraqi town of Sinjar, walk at the Khanki camp on the outskirts of Dohuk province, on 31st July, 2019.

KNOX THAMES and PETER MANDAVILLE, in an article first published on Religion News Service, write that a quarter of a century after passing the International Religious Freedom Act, global persecution continues while domestic battles around religious liberty have become increasingly partisan and high-profile…

Pope calls for freedom of worship for Catholics in China

Pope Francis leaves after the weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, on 24th May, 2023.

Vatican CityReuters Pope Francis called on Wednesday for freedom of worship for Catholics in China, a religious minority that has faced historic harassment and persecution in the communist country, causing friction between the Vatican and Beijing. Francis invoked prayers during his weekly audience that the Gospel “may be preached in its fullness, beauty and [in] […]