Friday, February 20, 2015
Communications Department - Archdiocese of Miami
From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
WASHINGTON | Because religious freedom has profound implications for the common good of our nation and world, the U.S. bishops have created a website - www.firstamericanfreedom.com - where people of all faiths can find ways to engage in prayer, education, and public action to turn back the threats against religious freedom in the U.S.
As part of this campaign, Catholics are invited to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. Campaign components include monthly Eucharistic holy hours in cathedrals and parishes, daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the observance of an annual Fortnight for Freedom leading up to July 4, Independence Day.
These efforts are prompted by the rapid social movements and policy changes currently underway, such as the mandate by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that coerces employers, including heads of religious agencies, to pay for sterilizations, abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives, as well as increased efforts to redefine marriage.
The Archdiocese of Miami has joined a nationwide lawsuit arguing that the HHS mandate violates religious freedom. For more information on past events in the archdiocese regarding the HHS mandate, click here.
To keep up with the latest information from the U.S. bishops, click here.