• UN expert says most of world lacks real religious freedom

    UN expert says most of world lacks real religious freedom

    • Oct 25, 2017

    The United Nations special investigator on religious rights called for the repeal of all laws that undermine the exercise of the right to freedom of religion or belief — or discriminate against that right. “Increases in unlawful government restrictions against religious groups remain one of the primary and most fundamental factors resulting in higher levels of religious intolerance in any given society,” Ahmed Shaheed said.

  • Religious minorities need protection, says top Vatican official

    Religious minorities need protection, says top Vatican official

    • Sep 26, 2017

    Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican foreign minister, told the United Nations in New York that although every recognized faith group experiences some form of oppression globally, Christians remain the most persecuted. The archbishop was citing findings from a number of extensively researched reports.

  • Chinese Catholics fear new regulations will further suppress activities

    Chinese Catholics fear new regulations will further suppress activities

    • Sep 22, 2017

    New regulations in China stipulate that if a religious group holds an activity without permission, authorities could impose a minimum fine of more than $15,000. Revenue from gatherings and property could also be confiscated. In addition, government religious authorities could demand that church officials, or those in control of venues, be removed from their positions.