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Religious Liberty Under Assault: Reversing the Global War Against Faith is a Sponsored Report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.

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Clergy brace for the wind as they stand along the red carpet on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, as the plane carrying Pope Francis arrives. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The church under attack

As Pope Francis arrives for his first-ever visit to the United States, the Catholic Church in America faces uncertain times. For the past several years, the Church has been under a state of constant legal and cultural assault.

An alarming new era for religious liberty in America

Values Voter Summit, one of the marquee annual events of the conservative movement, starts Friday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in the District of Columbia. The top issue on the agenda, highlighted in the recent Republican presidential debates, is religious liberty.

A child holds Cuban and Vatican flags during an homily by Pope Francis at the sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity in El Cobre, in Santiago,  Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)

From Cuba to the Land of the Free

The Pope spent several days in Cuba, assuring the Cuban people of God's love for them (which must seem hard to discern sometimes on the Isle of Hopelessness).

The president's words and deeds

When the pope and the president first met a year and a half ago at the Vatican, a major topic of concern raised by Pope Francis was the need for cooperation between church and state, particularly with regard to the exercise of religious freedom.

Pressure grows to declare war against Christians a genocide

Human rights activists see it. Foreign leaders see it. And more than 80 members of the U.S. Congress see it. Together, they are pressuring the leader of the free world to declare there is a Christian genocide going on in the Middle East.

Understanding genocide

It has been over a year since ISIS declared a caliphate in the Middle East and still its brutal onslaught against religious minorities such as Christians, Yezidis, Shia Muslims and others continues.

In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Call it genocide

It is widely expected that during this week's visit to the United States, Pope Francis will say what is already clear to the rest of the world, but which too many other leaders are afraid to say themselves: The systematic persecution and murder of Christians, Yezidis, Muslims and other minority groups constitutes genocide.

A boy praying at the grotto of the Virgin Mary in the Church of Saint Joseph of Ankawa. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need

The West's complicit silence on genocide

Joseph, a young Syrian man from the mountain village of Maaloula, was very proud of his hometown, one of the most important historical and religious sites in Syria. Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ, is still spoken today in this predominantly Christian town of 5,000 souls.

Dr. Tom Catena treats patients seeking help at the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains. Source: Sudan Relief Fund.

Let us not forget the people of the Nuba Mountains

With wars and conflict in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere dominating headlines, let us not forget the ongoing war in the Nuba Mountains. Many call it the Silent War because so little of the world's attention is focused on what is going on there.