Fortnight for Freedom Mass July 1, 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013 17:18

           The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate; Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.

            During the Fortnight for Freedom, Catholics around the country will stand together in support of religious liberty for all, our first freedom as Americans and as people made in the image of God, to draw attention to growing intrusions on religious liberty like the government mandate that forces Catholics to violate deeply held beliefs or face stiff fines.

            In the six-county Diocese of Youngstown, the USCCB Fortnight for Freedom Mass will be held Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:10 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood Street in Youngstown. Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, will be celebrant.

            Details about the Fortnight can be found at This site hosts resources such as one-page fact sheets outlining current threats to religious freedom both in the United States and abroad; frequently asked questions about religious liberty, including quotes from the Founding Fathers, the Second Vatican Council and Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI; and a study guide on Dignitatis Humanae, Vatican II’s document on religious liberty.