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Fortnight for Freedom


Fortnight 2015: Freedom to Bear Witness

lori-baltimore-fortnight-montage"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

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our 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. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the 'freedom to bear witness.'

Faith Communities Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Letter to Congress
June 30, 2014

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the USCCB, Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Rabbi Leonard Matanky, President, The Rabbinical Council of America, and other prominent religious leaders join together in a letter to protect the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Signed Letter   |  New York Post op-ed

USCCB President, Diverse Religious Leaders Come Together To Urge Congress To Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act
July 1, 2014, USCCB News Release

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USCCB Statement on Supreme Court "Hobby Lobby" Decision
June 30, 2014

Fortnight for Freedom 2014 Closing Homily
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, USCCB President, Archdiocese of Louisville

Fortnight for Freedom 2014 Opening Homily
Archbishop William E. Lori, Archdiocese of Baltimore

Europe, America, and Religious Freedom
June 27, 2014,, Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap

Religious liberty in the balance at the Supreme Court [Commentary]
June 25, 2014, Baltimore Sun, Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘Eucharistic Heart’
June 23, 2014, The Catholic Review, Maria Wiering

'Fortnight for Freedom' Issues a Call to Serve
June 20, 2014, National Catholic Register

US Bishops Set to Begin Fortnight for Freedom
June 20, 2014, Vatican Radio

Religious Persecution More Widespread than 1700 Years Ago
June 20, 2014, Vatican News, Pope Francis

'Fortnight' emphasizes connection between religious freedom, service
June 20, 2014, National Catholic Reporter, Julia Willis, CNS

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