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WASHINGTON—Mass at the Baltimore’s historic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, scheduled for June 21 at 7:00pm EDT, will open the Fortnight For Freedom, which runs from June 21 to July 4. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore will celebrate the liturgy to kick off the Catholic Church’s national education campaign on Religious Liberty.
The closing liturgy will be at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, July 4 at 12:10 p.m. EDT. The Mass in the nation’s capital will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia will be the homilist. EWTN television will carry the Shrine Mass live.
Further details about the Fortnight can be found at www.fortnight4freedom.org.
Both national and local efforts will comprise the campaign that has been launched by the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.
In addition to the Baltimore and Washington liturgies, national efforts include establishment of the fortnight4freedom website. The site hosts resources such as frequently asked questions about religious liberty, including quotes from the Founding Fathers, the Second Vatican Council and Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Another valuable resource is a study guide on Dignitatis Humanae, Vatican II’s document on religious liberty. In addition, the site provides several one-page sheets outlining current threats to religious freedom both in the United States and abroad.
The website also lists sample of activities already planned in particular dioceses, as well as resources and recommendations for other local efforts, such as special liturgies and prayer services. Bell ringing is planned for noon on July 4 to remind citizens nationwide of the primary place of religious freedom in the history, law, and culture of the United States.
Keywords: Religious liberty, religious freedom. Archbishop William Lori, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Founding Fathers, Second Vatican Council, Vatican II, Dignitatis Humanae, Baltimore, National Basilica of the Assumption, Washington, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Bill of Rights, Constitution, Fortnight4Freedom, fortnight for freedom,
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