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2016 Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 to July 4

The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.

Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.

Pope Benedict XVI's 2011 World Day of Peace message called religious freedom the “path to peace.” Since “religious freedom is at the origin of moral freedom,” the Pope taught it should be understood “not merely as immunity from coercion, but even more fundamentally as an ability to order one’s own choices in accordance with truth... When religious freedom is acknowledged, the dignity of the human person is respected at its root, and the ethos and institutions of peoples are strengthened. On the other hand, whenever religious freedom is denied, and attempts are made to hinder people from professing their religion or faith and living accordingly, human dignity is offended, with a resulting threat to justice and peace...."

Religious freedom has profound implications for the common good of our nation and world.  Visit the links on this page for resources related to Religious Liberty at Home, International Religious Freedom, and Conscience Protection, as well as opportunities for you to take action and make your voice heard in support of religious freedom within our nation and throughout the world.


Religious Liberty Articles and Resources

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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship - a Call to Political Responsibility from the United States Catholic Bishops

Standing Together for Religious Freedom - an Open Letter to All Americans signed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and over 100 religious leaders and scholars.

Preserving the Freedom to Serve - Archbishop Schnurr's 2014 Fortnight for Freedom letter

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty (from usccb.org).

These and other resources can be found at United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Fr. Rob Muhlenkamps Homily on Religious Liberty from the Feast of St. John the Baptist