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- Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco from the 2012 news release announcing the Call to Prayer (En Espanol)
In December 2012, the U.S. Catholic bishops launched a spiritual strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. In November 2013, the full body of bishops renewed the Call to Prayer to continue in alignment with the 2013-2016 strategic plan. The focus of the Call to Prayer is to invite Catholics to pray and sacrifice for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. A one-page handout is available here.
The Call to Prayer was 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 almost all employers to cover sterilizations, abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives in their health plans, as well as increasing efforts to redefine marriage in the law.
The original strategy, which continues to guide the bishops’ Call to Prayer, included the following components:
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