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June 18, 2014


Faithful throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are encouraged to take part in the third annual Fortnight for Freedom being observed nationally June 21 to July 4, 2014.

Locally, the observance will be parish-based with various ways to participate including: daily praying of the rosary before and after Mass and in homes; adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament; praying for religious freedom in all meetings and assemblies in the parish during these two weeks; and various parish outreach efforts, especially to the needy and the poor, to demonstrate how religious freedom enables the Church to be of service to others.

Reverend Dennis Gill will preside over the Holy Hour for Religious Freedom and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass immediately following. Confessions will be heard during the Holy Hour.

Sunday, June 22, 2014
5:30 p.m. (Holy Hour)
6:30 p.m. (Mass)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

This year, the Fortnight for Freedom takes on added significance as the United States Supreme Court is expected to rule in late June on cases challenging the HHS mandate that would require companies to violate their conscience by including life-terminating drugs and devices in their closely-held health insurance plans.

Additionally, there are increasing threats to the religious freedom of those who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. The success of this Fortnight is vital to maintaining religious freedom in response to the growing range of issues threatening this fundamental liberty.

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Editor's Note: To learn more about the Fortnight for Freedom, please visit

Stephanie Brophy
Associate Director of Communications

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