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The Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4.

Parishes are encouraged to arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Catholic institutions are encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths and all who wish to defend our most cherished freedom.

The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.

CLICK HERE to download Fortnight Activities recommended in the Diocese of Venice.

CLICK HERE to view suggested activities for parishes within the Diocese of Venice.

A Homily by Bishop Dewane on Religious Freedom and Prayer

Educational Resources

Current Threats to Religious Liberty

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Parish Resources

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Prayer Resources

The following prayers may be used in solidarity with the bishops’ call to penance and prayer to restore religious freedom & conscience protections.

Please note: No special permissions are required to use these prayers, so long as no modification is made and proper attribution is given as noted on the resources.

Litany for Liberty

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

USCCB Publications is currently printing & taking orders for the Mary Immaculate card in English and Spanish card featuring Our Lady of Guadalupe. 
There are no plans to sell any of the other four designs at this time.

All six prayer cards may still be downloaded for free from the links below.