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Contact your representatives in the Senate and House and ask them to overturn the HHS Rule.
View videos on religious freedom from Archbishop William Lori and Bishop Ricardo Ramirez along with addresses given at the 2012 June General Assembly of Bishops by Archbishop Lori, John H. Garvey, Esq., Dr.Thomas F. Farr and the Most Reverend Shlemon Warduni.
"We need to render unto Caesar those things that bear his
image. But we need to render ourselves unto God -- generously, zealously,
holding nothing back. To the extent we let God transform us into his own image,
we will – by the example of our lives – fulfill our duty as citizens of the
United States, but much more importantly, as disciples of Jesus Christ."
During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, St. John Fisher, and St. Thomas More.Through prayer, study, and peaceful public action during the Fortnight for Freedom, we hope to remind ourselves and others all throughout the United States about the importance of preserving the fundamental right of religious freedom.
Fortnight for Freedom Special Masses
June 21, 7:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Maryland.
Celebrant: Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
July 4,12:00 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
Celebrant: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington
Both Masses will be televised nationwide on EWTN. Please check out promotional web graphics here!
Free Exercise of Religion:
Putting Beliefs into Practice- Religious leaders from many faiths in the U.S. issued a statement in June 2012 on religious freedom. Catholics are not alone in the
fight to defend our First Amendment rights! Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod (LCMS) President Matthew C. Harrison video announcement
O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
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