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Iowa bishops call for day of prayer, fasting for religious liberty

Catholic World News - March 23, 2012

The bishops of Iowa have joined the bishops of Pennsylvania in declaring March 30 a day of prayer, fasting, and abstinence for religious liberty.

Noting that the HHS contraceptive mandate “represents government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions,” the bishops of Iowa said that

during the Fridays of Lent, the faithful are obliged to abstain from eating meat. Recognizing the necessity of our dependence on God, we, the Bishops of Iowa, request that all Catholics dedicate the regular Lenten Friday practice of prayer and abstinence as well as the practice of fasting on Friday, March 30, to the preservation of religious liberty.

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