Religious Freedom Week

The USCCB’s annual Fortnight for Freedom has been amended to Religious Freedom Week, and it runs from June 22nd (the Feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher) through June 29th (Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul).

This year’s theme is “Serving Others in God’s Love”.  This is particularly timely as the Catholic Church faces threats to its ability to serve in many areas including foster care and adoption services, assistance to refugees and migrants, health care and education.  In addition to these issues in the U.S., we also see a growing violence against Christians (and Catholics in particular) in many parts of the world, from the Middle East to India to parts of Europe.

Religious freedom protects the space in which we can continue to serve.  Catholics across the country are encouraged to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity.  For resources and prayers to use during Religious Freedom Week or to learn more, visit www.usccb.org/freedom, text “Freedom” to 377377. Twitter: @USCCBFreedom.

“What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society – or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it” – USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.