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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging Catholics across our country to enter into the period of the two weeks leading up to the Fourth of July with a strong focus on prayer, education and reflection on our final freedom, freedom of religion.

To help, the Conference has provided some very helpful items to assist all of us in making these days very special opportunities for prayer, education and reflection. (Click on each item to download it)

Homily Notes and Commentaries for the weekdays between Friday, 21 June to Thursday the Fourth of July.

Daily Reflections for each day of the Fortnight which can be used personally for a better understanding of the importance of what is exactly at stake and/or be used for the people’s benefit either as items in the bulletin or in homilies based on the reflections.

A Question and Answer resource which can be used to increase the understanding of the issues at stake.

A Litany for Liberty which can be prayed either in a group setting led by a leader or prayed on one’s own.

A presentation by Archbishop William Lori entitled “The Fortnight Continues”.

A Fact Sheet on Current Threats to Religious Liberty.

A sheet including Prayers of the Faithful for respect for all human life, for strengthening marriage and family life, and for the preservation of religious liberty.

It is my hope, as I am sure it is yours, that our Religious Freedom as Americans may remain intact. To ensure it, we must do all we can to protect and strengthen this great gift.

Lastly on Thursday, the Fourth of July, there will be a 10:00 AM mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist to conclude the 2013 FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM.

Yours in Christ,
+ Richard G. Lennon
Bishop of Cleveland