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USCCB: pray, fast for religious freedom

Catholic World News - December 06, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on Friday, December 6, for the following intention: “during this Advent season of hope, let us pray that all Christians are able to worship God freely and practice their faith in daily life.”

In a reflection that accompanied the request for prayer, the USCCB quoted from Pope Francis’s teaching on religious freedom in his recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

In December 2012, the US bishops announced a call to prayer and penance whose “overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. Campaign components include monthly Eucharistic holy hours in cathedrals and parishes, daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom.”

This campaign was originally scheduled to end with the conclusion of the Year of Faith, but at their November 2013 meeting, the bishops voted to extend it indefinitely.

The Friday prayer and fasting intentions change weekly; the link below describes how to receive the intentions in advance, typically on the afternoon of the previous day.

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