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3rd Fortnight for Freedom begins

Catholic World News - June 24, 2014

The US bishops’ 3rd annual Fortnight for Freedom officially began with a June 21 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore.

The bishops launched the campaign of prayer and action in 2012 in the face of the threat to religious liberty posed by the HHS mandate.

“In many parts of the world, people are dying for the faith they possess,” Archbishop William Lori preached, according to a CNA report. “Here in the United States, challenges to religious freedom are more subtle. They are less easy to see, but they are very real.”

“Increasingly government at all levels is inserting itself in the internal life of churches,” he added.

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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Jun. 24, 2014 9:13 PM ET USA

    It'll likely have five times as much impact this year as in the past two years: five times zero is still zero! The bishops lost this battle long ago by their tacit and active support of the Democrat Party's social justice agenda and of that Party in general because they claimed to be "for the poor, for peace, for immigrants and the disenfranchised." Now after years of support, that very Party has turned on the bishops...and they're trying to mobilize Catholics who are no longer listening.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 24, 2014 9:10 PM ET USA

    According to the USCCB website the Manchester Diocese in NH is one with a lot going on. In actuality, outside of bulletin inserts, there is only one small parish in the entire diocese that is doing anything. That parish is only having a one hour Holy Hour. I hope this is not representative of all the dioceses in the US.

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