Fortnight for Freedom


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The U.S. Catholic Bishops have scheduled the annual Fortnight for Freedom – a call to fourteen days of prayer and action for religious freedom – for June 21 to July 4, 2017, the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, respectively. During the Fortnight for Freedom: 'Freedom for Mission,' the Church 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.

Pray, Reflect, Act
• Freedom to serve migrants and refugees • en Español 
May we be God's servants first  en Español  
Freedom to care for the sick  en Español 
Freedom to bear witness to Truth  en Español
Freedom to serve God with our whole lives  en Español
Freedom to seek the Truth  en Español
For Christians in the Middle East  en Español
Freedom to serve our communities through education  en Español
For the freedom of the Church  en Español
Freedom to serve families seeing and children awaiting adoption  en Español
Freedom to serve the vulnerable  en Español
Freedom to build stronger communities  en Español
For our brothers and sisters in Mexico  en Español
Freedom to promote a culture of freedom for all  en Español 

Prayer Resources
• Prayers of the Faithful • en Español
• Daily Reflections • en Español
• Holy Hour Template • en Español
• Litany for Liberty • en Español

General Information
• USCCB Statement: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty • en Español
Pope Francis and Religious Freedom - Quotes from Our Holy Father
Freedom for Mission

Fact Sheets: Domestic Threats to Religious Liberty
An Equal Playing Field for People of Faith  • en Español 
Current Threats to Religious Liberty • en Español 
• The Right to Practice Faith in Business • en Español
• Marriage and Religious Freedom • en Español
Discrimination against Catholic Adoption Services • en Español
• Discrimination Against Catholic Humanitarian Services • en Español
• Discrimination Against Christian Students on Campus • en Español
• Locking Out Small Congregations in NYC • en Español
• Providing Pastoral Care to Immigrants • en Español

Fact Sheets: International Threats to Religious Liberty
Central African Republic: Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Work for Peace • en Español
Indonesia: A Muslim Nation Struggles to Promote Tolerance and Pluralism • en Español
Mexico: Countering Majority Enforcement of Religion and Cartels • en Español
Christianity Struggles to Survive in the Middle East • 
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Myanmar: Minority Rights Neglected in Civilian-Military Struggle for Power • en Español
Pakistan: Justice for Religious Minorities Hard to Find • en Español
The Church and the Global Crisis of Religious Liberty

Parish Events
• June 26, St. Elizabeth-St. Brigid Parish, St. Brigid Worship Site, Peapack: Eucharistic Holy Hour for Persecuted Christians throughout the World
• June 21 - July 4 , St. Joseph Parish, Hillsborough: All are invited to pray the "Patriotic Rosary" each morning before the 8:30 a.m. Mass and reflect on the importance of religious freedom and pray for those who face persecution throughout the world.

Cradle of Christianity: Last Christians in the Middle East? 

India: Secularism Under Siege

Mexico: Minority Rights Threatened

Myanmar: Reforms Needed