"Religious freedom is not only that of private thought or worship.  It is the liberty to live, both privately and publicly, according to the ethical principles resulting from found truth."                                                                 ~ Pope Francis, June 20, 2014


Promoting Religious Freedom in the United States

Aaron Matthew Weldon, Ph.D., Religious Liberty Program Specialist, USCCB Hillary Byrnes, Esq., Director of Religious Liberty & Associate General Counsel, USCCB

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Sports & Religious Freedom: A Catholic Perspective

Jennifer S. Bryson, Founder, Let All Play, a sports and religious freedom advocacy project.


Government Enforcement of Conscience Protection

Maya Noronha, Senior Advisor for Regulatory Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Religious Freedom Under Seige Around The World

Virginia Farris, Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)


International Religious Freedom - Partial List of Resources

Aid to the Church in Need - a Catholic charity serving our suffering and persecuted brothers and sisters around the world since 1947  https://www.ChurchInNeed.org

Caritas Internationalis - ending poverty, promoting justice, and restoring dignity https://www.caritas.org

Catholic Near East Welfare Association - a papal agency for humanitarian and pastoral support  http://cnewa.org

Catholic Relief Services - putting our faith into action to help the world's poorest create lasting change https://www.crs.org

In Defense of Christians - America's leading advocacy voice for Middle Eastern Christians  https://InDefenseOfChristians.org

Knights of Columbus - Catholic fraternal benefit society promoting social and intellectual fellowship through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works  https://www.kofc.org

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom - monitors religious freedom abroad and in an annual report makes policy recommendations for the most egregious violators of religious freedom and Tier 2 countries   https://www.uscirf.gov

U.S. Department of State International Religious Freedom Annual Reports - describes the status of religious freedom, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies promoting religious freedom for all countries  https://www.state.gov/international-religious-freedom-reports/

Pew Research Center Religion & Public Life - prepares regular reports on government and societal restrictions on religion in countries around the world https://www.pewforum.org/interactives/restrictions-on-religion-among-the-worlds-25-most-populous-countries-2016/