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Pope Francis visits Pentecostals, reunites with longtime friend
Pope Francis Apologizes for Persecution of Pentecostals

Seeking forgiveness for the decades of persecution of Italian Pentecostals, Pope Francis met with Evangelicals from the U.S., Argentina, and Italy.

Anti-Christian terror is everyone’s concern

People of all faiths have a responsibility to speak out against Christian persecution.

Brazil tries to combat religious intolerance of minority faiths

RIO DE JANEIRO — The couple practiced Candomble, an African-Brazilian faith with roots in Brazil’s slave trade. They dressed in … Continued

Iran’s president speaks of religious ‘tolerance,’ now is time for action: Free American Pastor Saeed Abedini

AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool — AP photo Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United … Continued

Pope Francis hearts atheists

Atheists search for a response to the heartfelt new Pontiff.

Joel Hunter pays a price for political activism

LONGWOOD, Fla.  (RNS)  There’s a price to pay for becoming the voice of moderate conservatism and coalition politics. Even more … Continued

Cardinal Dolan and America’s troubled Catholic Church

Cardinal Timothy Dolan waves while processing through St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (Seth Wenig — … Continued

On religion, North Carolina boldly goes where the Constitution forbids

Across the decades of my ministry and advocacy to protect religious freedom, I have heard and seen it all: fanciful … Continued

Freedom languishes for Baha’is in Iran

Nagan is a professor of law and the founding director of the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development at … Continued

Are institutions Catholic enough?

The number of agencies calling themselves big-C “Catholic” will shrink. That is the inevitable result of De Caritate Ministranda , … Continued

Faith under siege: The Baha’is of Semnan, Iran

Imagine if you lived in a world where it is government-sanctioned practice to be constantly under surveillance, to have your … Continued

Election 2012: ‘Mormon moment’ or a last gasp coalition?

Jonathan Newton THE WASHINGTON POST Confetti falls at the end of President Obama’s Election Night rally on Nov. 7, 2012 … Continued

Report: Restrictions on religious freedom increasing worldwide

Religious believers throughout the world face a rising tide of restrictions, according to a study released Thursday (Sept. 20). In … Continued

Religious liberty: Gold for the U.S.?

AFP/GETTY IMAGES U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks on the “State of International Religious Freedom” July 30, 2012 … Continued

U.S. Military, Open Your Doors to Sikhs

AP A sparrow braves an Indian Air Force honor guard standing at attention for a review by visiting Myanmar Army … Continued

Chick-Fil-A protest spikes sales for Md. business

Hamil R. Harris Hamil R. Harris Crowds of patrons line up inside and outside of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Landover. … Continued

Coptic Christian ex-patriots keep a wary eye on Egyptian elections

LOS ANGELES — Abdel was born into a Muslim family in Egypt but embraced Christianity about 15 years ago. The … Continued

Should Catholics defend DOMA?

The White House last year threw its backing behind a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a … Continued

Grandma or the economy?

BRIAN SNYDER REUTERS Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks to the Hispanic Leadership Network in Miami, … Continued

Refugee defies deportation, seeks sanctuary at church

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. — Saul Timisela was ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark early Thursday … Continued