Fortnight for Freedom Starts in the US on Sunday

This year’s theme is “Freedom to Bear Witness”

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The US bishops’ annual “Fortnight for Freedom” begins this Sunday. The yearly event seeks to spotlight religious freedom and the threats to that freedom being faced in the United States.

The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel.

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4.

During those days, the liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. 

“Keeping the spirit of the Gospel means that Catholic institutions are to bear witness in love to the full truth about the human person by providing social, charitable, and educational services in a manner that fully reflects the God-given dignity of the human person.” – Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, on the “Freedom to Bear Witness”. . . 

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