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Pope Francis greets bishops as he arrives to celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of St. Sebastian. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)In the words of our Holy Father Pope Francis "religious freedom is more often affirmed than put into practice." Therefore, defending religious liberty and making it available for everyone, is everyone's responsibility. In doing this, we "guarantee the growth and development of the entire community."

So, let us work together to create "a culture of encounter" in which "believers and nonbelievers collaborate together to promote a world where injustices can be overcome and every person may be welcomed and contribute to the common good."

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Interfaith Leaders Call on President and Congress to Reject Biased Religious Liberty Report
October 12, 2016

Archbishop Lori Responds to Statement of Chairman of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
September 13, 2016

In Krakow, Archbishop Lori stresses 'charity that evangelizes', Catholic Review
July 27, 2016

News Release: Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori Commend House Passage, Call on Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Bill
July 13, 2016

News Release: USCCB Chairmen Urge Support for the 'First Amendment Defense Act'
July 12, 2016

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori to Congress: Government's Coercion on Abortion Needs Immediate Remedy
July 7, 2016

Relics of English martyrs draw crowds as part of religious freedom push, by Maria Wiering
Crux, July 5, 2016

News Release: Federal Agency Fails To Protect Churches From California Elective Abortion Mandate
June 22, 2016

News Release: USCCB President Reacts To Supreme Court HHS Mandate Decision
May 16, 2016

News Release: USCCB, Missouri Catholic Conference, Other Religious Groups File Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court To Remedy Religious Discrimination By State Of Missouri
April 25, 2016

News Release: Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee For Religious Liberty Releases Video On Meaning Of Religious Freedom,
Features Little Sisters Of The Poor

April 12, 2016

News Release: Cardinal Dolan And Archbishop Lori To Congress: Support The Conscience Protection Act
April 1, 2016

Archbishop Lori: The Little Sisters of the Poor should win their court case
Crux, March 11, 2016

Archbishop Lori says proposal to restrict religion raise 'alarms'
Catholic News Service, December 11, 2015

Bishop Cantú Urges Congress To Reauthorize International Religious Freedom Commission
September 30, 2015

Pope Francis stresses vital role of religious freedom
September 27, 2015

Address of the Holy Father at the White House
September 24, 2015

Pope Francis Visits Little Sisters of the Poor

September 24, 2015

Archbishop Kurtz on Same Sex Marriage Ruling and Where the Church goes from here
June 29, 2015, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, OSV NewsWeekly

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage, 'A Tragic Error'
June 26, 2015, USCCB News Release

We Pray at a Particularly Difficult Time, Red Mass Homily
April 29, 2015, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Gesu Church, Miami, FL

Religious Freedom is Under Stress, Red Mass Homily
April 23, 2015, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, St. Anthony's Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Various religious leaders, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued an open letter on April 23, 2015, entitled "The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness."

Continuing the Search for Religious Liberty, The Contribution of Dignitatis Humanae
April 21, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori

Congress Urged to Act for Protection of Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in D.C.
March 20, 2015, USCCB News Release

Of Human Dignity, Declaration on Religious Freedom at 50
March 18, 2015, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Capuchin, First Things

Inclusion Act Receives Strong Support from Three USCCB Chairmen
March 9, 2015, USCCB News Release

U.S. Catholic Bishops Urgently Call for Greater Protection of Middle East Religious Minorities
February 24, 2015, USCCB News Release

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support for the Health Care Conscience Rights Act
February 20, 2015, USCCB News Release

Joint Letter Opposing RHNDA and HRAA to House of Representatives
February 5, 2015

Red Mass Homily, St. Mary's Basilica, Phoenix, Arizona
January 20, 2015, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, Springfield, Illinois

Archbishop Lori Praises Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Religious Freedom of Muslim Prisoner
January 21, 2015, USCCB News Release

Pope Francis issues Clarion Call for Protection of Religious Liberty
January 13, 2015, National Catholic Reporter

USCCB Chairmen Respond to New Department of Labor Regulations
December 5, 2014, USCCB News Release

Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Congress to Include Abortion Non-Discrimination Act in Funding Legislation
November 18, 2014, USCCB News Release  | Q & A

The Feast of Christ the King, Bishop Timothy L. Doherty
November 16, 2014, The Catholic Moment, Diocese of Lafayette, IN

Freedom to Bear Witness
November 15, 2014, Archbishop William E. Lori, Mount Saint Mary Seminary

US Bishops Renew Commitment to Fighting Threats to Religious Liberty
November 11, 2014, Life Site News

Catholics must be heard in Public Square, says German Cardinal
November 6, 2014, Catholic News Service

Pope to Albania's faith leaders: Religion is Source of Peace
September 23, 2014, Vatican Radio

Catholic Officials warn D.C. Council Bill threatens Religious Freedom
September 12, 2014, Catholic Standard, Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

A Tale of Two Churches
September 7, 2014, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Cardinal's Column

Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response to Revised HHS Mandate Regulations
August 22, 2014, USCCB News Release

USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act
July 31, 2014, USCCB News Release

USCCB Chairmen Respond to 'Unprecedented and Extreme' Executive Order

July 21, 2014, USCCB News Release

Hobby Lobby and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

July 17, 2014, USCCB Blogpost by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Bishop Richard J. Malone

'More Respect for Religious Freedom' Needed After Failed Senate Vote to Curtail It
July 16, 2014, USCCB News Release

A Decision Upholding American Ideals of Freedom

July 1, 2014, USCCB Blogpost by Sr. Mary Ann Walsh

Supreme Court Decision on Hobby Lobby: A Great Day for the Religious Freedom of Family Businesses
June 30, 2015

Religious liberty in the balance at the Supreme Court [Commentary]
June 25, 2014, Baltimore Sun, Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘Eucharistic Heart’
June 23, 2014, The Catholic Review, Maria Wiering

Religious Persecution More Widespread than 1700 Years Ago
June 20, 2014, Vatican News, Pope Francis

USCCB Joins Religious Groups in Filing Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Religious Freedom Rights of Muslim Prisoner
May 29, 2014, Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court 

Will the Owners of Hobby Lobby Have to Check Their Faith at the Door?
March 25, 2014, OnFaith

USA Today Gets Religious Freedom Right
January 14, 2014, USCCB Blogpost

Archbishop Kurtz asks President Obama for Temporary Relief from Burdensome Fines against Ministries of Service to the Poor, Sick and Vulnerable
December 31, 2013, USCCB News Release

USCCB Chairmen Praise Introduction of the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act in the Senate  
December 12, 2013, USCCB News Release

USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz Responds to ACLU's Lawsuit
December 6, 2013, USCCB News Release

USCCB Chairmen Explain Opposition to ENDA   FAQ About The Employment Non-Discrimination Act
November 7, 2013, USCCB News Release

U.S. Bishops Seek to Live by Faith, Serve Needy, Insure Employees; Continue Moral, Legal Analysis of HHS Mandate
September 17, 2013

"Archbishop Lori, Bishop Madden Urge Senate to Support the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, S. 1274"
July 29, 2013, USCCB News Release

"Hobby Lobby Wins a Stay against Birth Control Mandate"
July 19, 2013, Reuters

"Worth Worrying About: Same-Sex Marriage & Religious Freedom"
July 17, 2013, Commonweal,  Richard Garnett, Notre Dame Law Professor

Joint Letter to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on ENDA 2013
July 9, 2013

"Final Rule Still Requires Action in Congress by Courts, Says Cardinal Dolan"
July 3, 2013, USCCB News Release

"Broad Coalition Says Contraception Mandate a Religious Liberty Threat"
July 2, 2013, Religionnews.com

"Reining in Religious Freedom. A Hostile Government Chips Away at the Faith-Based Life"
July 1, 2013, The Washington Times, President John Garvey, Catholic University of America

"Go to the Barricades for Religious Liberty. Christians are the Most Persecuted Creed Worldwide"
June 28, 2013, NY Daily News, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, USCCB President

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