fortnight for freedom

Saints’ relics seen as reminder of today’s threats to religious liberty

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori offers a history of the sacrifices made by Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher during his June 21 homily at the Fortnight for Freedom opening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The relics of the two saints, on loan from Stonyhurst College in England, are on a national tour.

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori linked urgent matters of "immigration, marriage and the Church's teaching on sexuality" to a pair of 16th-century martyrs during a June 21 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that began the fifth annual Fortnight for Freedom.

WITNESSES TO FREEDOM | U.S. bishops continue efforts to raise awareness of religious liberty

Four years ago when the Archdiocese of St. Louis launched a campaign for religious liberty, Archbishop Robert Carlson called it a great opportunity for Catholics to "build enthusiasm for this important cause."

"Religious liberty is our first, most cherished freedom," he said. "The threat the HHS mandate poses to the Catholic Church is no small matter. It is imperative that we act now to protect the freedoms upon which this country is based."

Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops' annual Fortnight for Freedom

People sang and danced July 4 outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington before attending a Mass on the final day of the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom campaign.

WASHINGTON -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski called religious freedom "the human right that guarantees all other rights" in his homily July 4 at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops' fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.

"We remember that the glory of our government is its protection of religious freedom," he said at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. That right "has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person. ... Peace and creative living together will only be possible if freedom of religion is fully respected."

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As a proud fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, I applaud Archbishop (Robert J.) Carlson for calling the faithful to join him in celebrating his yearly Mass for Religious Freedom.

Faithful called on to continue defense of religious liberty

Red, white and blue greeted St. Louis Catholics on the front steps at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis a little before the noon hour on July 2.

On an unusually pleasant St. Louis summer day, the Stars and Stripes waved in the wind, with members of LIFE Runners holding the flag, as Church-goers signed a banner that read "Defend Religious Liberty."

Archbishop Lori: Catholics should be free to serve with 'eucharistic heart'

Simeona Leon, a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, signed the Fortnight for Freedom banner outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore June 21. The Fortnight for Freedom opening Mass was celebrated at the basilica.

BALTIMORE -- The Eucharist conforms Catholics to "the pattern of Christ's self-giving love" and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year's Fortnight for Freedom.

The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi.

"By entering the dynamic of Christ's self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between," he said in his homily.

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