Bishop asks for prayers for religious liberty, marriage, family

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Bishop Donald Kettler presided at a prayer service and holy hour June 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud to mark the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a two-week period of prayer and education focusing on protecting religious liberty and the role of faith in public life. The Fortnight began June…

Archbishop Lori: Fortnight focus on liberty, truth, witness

(Vatican Radio) The Church in the United States is in the midst of its fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom. Sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, this fourth iteration of the initiative is focusing on the theme: freedom to bear witness. The Archbishop of Baltimore, Md., and the Chairman of the USCCB’s Ad…

Archbishop Lori opens Fortnight for Freedom with Gospel connection

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Archbishop William E. Lori reminded those gathered for Mass June 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that when it comes to religious freedom, American Catholics and Christians worldwide are in the same “boat.” In the day’s Gospel reading, from Chapter…

USCCB plans fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom with events nationwide

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Threats to religious freedom continue to emerge, making it more urgent for people of faith to take action to defend the full realm of religious practice, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. Speaking during a May 28 webinar announcing the fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom, Archbishop Lori called on Catholics to…

Let’s be a ‘beacon of hope’ for religious liberty

July 4, 2014, edition By Joe Towalski The 4th of July is a tradition­al time to celebrate our free­doms as U.S. citizens. Several of those freedoms are enshrined in the First Amendment, which guarantees Americans the ability to worship and practice their faith without undue interference from the government. Threats to that freedom, howev­er, surface…

Fortnight for Freedom: Why we seek the freedom to serve

July 4, 2014, edition By Bishop Donald Kettler St. Paul wrote to the Galatians: “You were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve another through love.” This word of God to us directs me to emphasize during this third annual Fortnight for…

Religious liberty means ‘freedom to serve’

June 20, 2014, edition By Jason Adkins From June 21-July 4, 2014, the Catholic Church in the United States will again observe the “Fortnight for Freedom,” which is dedicated to two weeks of prayer and education related to the importance of preserving religious liberty for all Americans. This year’s theme is “Freedom to Serve” and…

Fortnight for Freedom 2014

Celebration June 21-July 4 to focus on freedom to serve June 6, 2014, edition The United States Bishops have called the faithful to celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve from June 21 to July 4. The theme for this year’s event will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in…

Bishop Kettler asks for pastoral council’s input on Fortnight for Freedom

April 11, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In the midst of making rounds to parishes and schools around the St. Cloud Diocese, Bishop Donald Kettler is optimistic. “I travel around and I see alive parishes,” he told the Diocesan Pastoral Council at their April 5 meeting at St. Ann Church in Wadena. “Let’s build on…