Press Release

Fortnight for Freedom 2014 to focus on how churches serve the poor

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Communications Department - Archdiocese of Miami
From the U.S. bishops' conference
WASHINGTON, D.C. | Catholic dioceses and parishes across the United States are once again encouraged to raise awareness for domestic and international religious freedom concerns during the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4. The two-week celebration will focus on the theme, “Freedom to Serve,” emphasizing the link between religious liberty and service to the poor and vulnerable.

“During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul and the first martyrs of the Church of Rome,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “This is a time when Catholics can unite themselves in prayer to the men and women throughout history who spread the Gospel and lived out Jesus’ call to serve the ‘least of these’ in even the direst of circumstances.”

Two nationally televised Masses will bookend the Fortnight. Archbishop Lori will celebrate Mass at the Baltimore Basilica on June 21, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on July 4, at noon EDT. USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, will be the homilist at the July 4 Mass.

The U.S. bishops’ office has prepared materials to help dioceses and parishes participate in the Fortnight, including templates and guides for special prayer services, a list of frequently asked questions about religious liberty, one-page fact sheets on current threats to religious freedom in the U.S. and around the world, and a study guide on Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom.

These materials and more information on the Fortnight can be found at www.fortnight4freedom.org and www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/.

The Archdiocese of Miami has joined a nationwide lawsuit arguing that this mandate violates religious freedom. For more information on past events in the archdiocese regarding the HHS mandate, click here.

Click here for the USCCB Response to HHS Issues in February 7, 2013
Click here for the USCCB Response to HHS Final Rule, issued July 3, 2013
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