During decades of civil war in Sudan, says John Ashworth of Catholic Relief Services, the church was the only institution on the ground with the people, and because of that it gained huge moral authority. Now South Sudan is voting in a referendum for independence from the Muslim-majority national government in Khartoum. More
Thomas Farr, associate professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown University and former director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, assesses the progress that’s been made in advancing religious freedom one year after President Obama’s Cairo speech to the Muslim world. More
Former diplomat Thomas Farr is concerned the Obama administration has yet to fill this important position. More
Roman Catholic Archbishop Donald Wuerl discusses the DC City Council’s December 1 vote on gay marriage and how that may affect his church’s social service and charity work.
Ten years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, U.S.-Sino relations are again at a low point, sparked by the mistaken bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade and charges that China stole nuclear secrets. Some activists are concerned the tense political situation will pose increased difficulties for advocacy and human rights, such as religious freedom. More