“It is our obligation as faith leaders to model responses that are dignified, humane and merciful, rather than vengeful”, say members of Religions for Peace World Council
In a joint declaration, Islamic leaders decry instrumentalisation of religion “for political, diplomatic or commercial ends”, criticise “unjustified” Muslim calls to boycott French products
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich warns on publication of blasphemous cartoons: “There cannot be absolute freedom… freedom of expression must take into account others’ views”
The terrorist attacks in France aren’t just about “religion” – they also involve a whole series of intricate historical, geopolitical and economic factors
“It’s very important to us to save our heritage and keep it safe for future generations”, says Chaldean prelate Najeeb Michaeel of Mosul
The Holy See has warned that law enforcement and security measures alone are not enough to combat radicalisation and terrorism.
Seemingly everyone has an opinion on masks: when to wear them, how to wear them, which ones are best and even whether we should be wearing them at all.
Following an unprecedented increase of violence against religious communities and people belonging to religious minorities, in 2019 the UN General Assembly proclaimed August 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
An Italian Catholic group is backing a new homotransphobia law, saying that in the proposed legislation there is “no real risk to anybody’s fundamental freedoms”.
Prague’s Old Town square is one of the most iconic locations in the Czech Republic, that embodies the heart of the well-preserved historic city center, with monuments and buildings going back several centuries.
The Holy See’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is calling for freedom and protection of the media, to advance “truth, freedom, justice and solidarity in society”.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has criticised those in the Church who “push a relationship of pure obedience to God”, lamenting that they “do not really integrate the idea of freedom into their faith”.
In an OSCE event on intolerance, the Vatican has complained of “de facto discriminatory treatment” of Christians during COVID-19.
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, has blasted the UN for the “ideological colonisation” in a new report of the right to freedom of religion.
Half of all young Swedish Christians are “humiliated or hurt” for their faith, a new report commissioned by the Churches has found.
Ultraconservative Polish Catholics have drafted what is being called a “discipline and punish” law to rein in “liberal, leftist” academics.
The United States has been joined by 26 other countries in a new International Religious Freedom Alliance that seeks to reduce religious persecution across the globe.
The Archbishop of Malta has repeated his call for “truth, justice and accountability” in the case of murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
An Italian bishop has ranted against the “vulgar and blasphemous” depictions of Christ presented by “liberal intellectuals”.
This is the fourth edition of the meeting of legal advisors of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, which takes place every two years and gives the opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges that the Church faces today in Europe and to share the work of each individual Bishops Conference.
Members of an Irish Church charity have participated in an anti-far right rally in Dublin, “speaking up for love and unity, not hate and division”.
A German expert is defending a controversial crucifix in a Mönchengladbach church with a headless lamb carcass for the body of Christ.