“It also is important to understand that full religious freedom is a rich reality with broad personal and societal implications. Religious liberty begins with the right to worship according to one's conscience, but it does not end there. Religious freedom covers a broad range of vital activities, from freedom of worship to freedom of conscience, from the right to establish schools and charities to the right to participate in and seek to influence public affairs. Religious freedom is inextricably linked to other fundamental human rights, such as freedom of association, freedom of speech, and the legal recognition of voluntary associations. Religious freedom is a right exercised by both individual persons and religious communities and institutions." -Archbishop Thomas Wenski, in testimony to Congress in 2006
On Sunday, October 14, starting at 12:00 noon, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore will lead a Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty at the Basilica National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. televised on EWTN. Shortly after the Mass, Archbishop Lori will lead the recitation of the first day of the Rosary Novena for Life and Liberty which will take place from October 14 to 22. CLICK HERE for a flyer or visit the prayer resources of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a series of bulletin inserts to address concerns over religious liberty. The most recent installment for September and October provides parishioners with practical things they can do to stand up for religious freedom, including prayer and action. The insert also links to new prayer resources for the month of October.
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