U.S. bishops, religious leaders call for religious liberty protections

Bill Brewer Catholic Church

WASHINGTON (Catholic News Service) — A diverse group of religious leaders, including Catholics, Protestants, evangelicals and a representative from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, issued an open letter July 2 urging the U.S. government to “expand conscience protections” in its Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate. The letter, which said the country’s “delicate liberty of conscience is under threat,” …

Fortnight for Freedom set for June 21-July 4

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

WASHINGTON (Catholic News Service) — The U.S. bishops’ second annual Fortnight for Freedom — a period of prayer and fasting to raise awareness of challenges to religious liberty, both nationally and internationally — is planned for June 21 to July 4. The observance kicks off with Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore celebrating an evening Mass June 21 at the …