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Fortnight for Freedom
Learn more about the Fortnight for Freedom from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Religious Liberty
Religious freedom has profound implications for the common good of our nation and world.
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HHS Mandate
Did you know that the HHS mandate forces coverage of sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs and devices as well as contraception?
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Conscience Protection
Protecting conscience rights is of especially great importance to the Catholic Church, which daily contributes to the welfare of American society through a network of schools, social services, hospitals and assisted living facilities.
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Prayer Resources
The bishops have urged an intensification of penance and prayer for religious freedom in our country. Further, during this Year of Faith, these resources are provided to help the faithful learn more about our courageous forebears in the faith and to follow their example.
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Catholics are called to celebrate the "Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve" from June 21 to July 4, 2014. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.

“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 Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “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.”

USCCB 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.

See also: 14 Ways to Celebrate Fortnight in Your Parish


Days of Prayer

Sunday, June 22, 9 a.m.: Feast of St. Thomas More / Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 29, 10 a.m.: Feasts of Ss. Peter and Paul

  • Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares will celebrate Mass at St. Peter Indian Mission

Friday, July 4, 8:30 a.m.: Independence Day Mass


Fortnight For Freedom 2014 | Freedom to Serve