Pope drafting encyclical on man and environment
Associated Press

Pope Francis has begun drafting an encyclical on ecology. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document was still very much in its early stages and that no publication date has been set. He said it would be about ecology and more specifically the “ecology of man.”

The U.S. Puts ‘Moderate’ Restrictions on Religious Freedom
Emma Green, The Atlantic

A new Pew study reveals complex questions about First Amendment rights.

Bi-Partisan Legislators, Religious Leaders, Legal Scholars and States File Support in Supreme Court for Hobby Lobby
Becket Fund

At midnight tonight more than 50 briefs will be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Hobby Lobby Stores and the Green family, supporting their challenge to the HHS mandate.

Church Leaders: ‘There Will Be No More Christians in Syria’ If War Continues
Alissa Tabirian, The Foundry

Religious leaders from Syria warned that without dialogue between Bashar al-Assad’s government forces and the rebels, Syria will eventually lose its indigenous Christian population.