Commission lists Egypt among countries with religious freedom problems

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As Egyptians began voting to replace ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Christian minorities were anxious to see if the next government would...

Pope’s private assistant arrested in ‘VatiLeaks’ probe

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that Paolo Gabriele, the pope's private assistant, was arrested after private Vatican documents were...

Archbishop urges people of all faiths to stand for religious freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After receiving the inaugural Religious Freedom Award May 24, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori encouraged people of all faiths to stand...

Cardinal Wuerl urges young adults to stand up for religious freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of young adults, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl encouraged them to pray and stand up for religious...

Increasingly on their own, women migrants face special dangers

ROME (CNS) -- Increasing numbers of women are migrating alone, a situation that makes them vulnerable to violence and exploitation, but one that often...

Vatican publishes rules for verifying Marian apparitions

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To help bishops determine the credibility of alleged Marian apparitions, the Vatican has translated and published procedural rules from 1978...

Files documenting claims of abuse by California Franciscans made public

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- More than 8,500 pages of material detailing claims of sexual abuse by a group of Franciscan priests and brothers in...

Poll finds most value religious freedom even when it conflicts with law

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CNS) -- Nearly three-quarters of Americans in a Knights of Columbus-Marist poll said freedom of religion should be protected in this...

Each human being is a miracle loved by God the father, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Addressing God as "Father" is an acknowledgement that God is the one who created, supports and guides humanity, Pope Benedict...

States must not force Church health care providers to violate morality

GENEVA (CNS) -- The Vatican praised national efforts to provide universal and affordable health care access and coverage, noting that policies based on the...