• Maryland county lifts ban on Communion

    Howard County, Maryland, has reversed a policy that banned consumption of any food or drink during religious services, effectively preventing the licit celebration of Mass.  A county spokesman told CNA May 28 the prohibition will be removed, and faith leaders will be consulted on... Read more
  • Baltimore archdiocese has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

    The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the reception of Communion as a condition for churches to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. “For the Catholic community, the reception of... Read more
  • Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

    An executive order issued Tuesday in Maryland’s Howard County outlines public health rules under which churches may reopen. The order prohibits the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service, effectively outlawing the distribution of Communion and the... Read more
  • Supreme Court hears case on right of Catholic schools to fire religion teachers

    Supreme Court justices on Monday heard arguments for and against extending the Civil Rights Act’s “ministerial exception” to Catholic schools when they fire teachers of religion. “There is no reason for government to get in the business of teaching religion,” stated Eric... Read more
  • Little Sisters of the Poor make third appearance before Supreme Court

    One of the first oral arguments the Supreme Court has heard by teleconference, and one in which one justice participated from a hospital room, involved the Catholic religious order the Little Sisters of the Poor and their ongoing fight in a religious liberty case. “The Little Sisters of... Read more
  • US Religious Freedom Commission Highlights India in Annual Report

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Abuse of Muslims, Christians, and other minorities in India drew the attention of a federal religious freedom watchdog in its annual report released on Tuesday. “India took a sharp downward turn in 2019,” concluded the 2020 annual report of the U.S. Commission... Read more
  • Arrested Catholic lawyer warns of Chinese repression in Hong Kong

    A Catholic lawyer says his arrest last Saturday is part of mainland China’s wide-ranging efforts to tighten control over Hong Kong. His ordeal follows his participation in months of pro-democracy protests on the island, which have been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic. Hong Kong... Read more
  • Catholic Hospitals Under Attack

    Catholic hospitals are under unremitting attack—from prestigious medical journals, media, and lawyers in courtrooms. The goal is to coerce these venerable institutions into replacing their faith-based methods of medical practice with secular moral standards that deny the sanctity of human... Read more
  • Trump’s Praise for Modi on India’s ‘Incredible’ Religious Freedom Doesn’t Match Our Research

    Aside from some mispronunciations that sparked memes, President Donald Trump’s visit to India this week went mostly as scripted. The entire trip was high on optics—a spectacle of bromance between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi—but delivered little of substance apart from some modest... Read more
  • How a new presidential religious freedom adviser could shape US foreign policy

    Reports of a new special adviser to the President on international religious freedom could be a game-changer for U.S. foreign policy, one expert said Friday. “It’s a very big deal. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has been recommending they fill this... Read more