Fortnight for Freedom

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Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore leads prayer during a candlelight vigil for the 2013 Fortnight for Freedom observance outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on June 22. The campaign, initiated by the U.S. bishops in 2012, calls for a two-week period of prayer, education and action on preserving religious freedom in the U.S. The observance ends July 4, Independence Day. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff)

The third annual Fortnight for Freedom will be held this year from June 21 to July 4, Independence Day.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asks the nation’s Catholics, and even non-Catholics, to participate in this period of prayer, fasting and advocacy to respond to the many threats to religious liberty our country now faces.

A Fortnight for Freedom opening Mass, celebrated by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 21 at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore. Cardinal Donald Wuerl will celebrate the closing Mass on July 4 at noon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Both Masses will be televised live on EWTN.