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Bishop Announces "Fortnight for Freedom" Beginning June 21

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is requesting that all Dioceses conduct a “Fortnight for Freedom” to be used for prayer, education and action among the faithful in support of religious liberty. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, in a letter to priests, has announced the observance of the Fortnight in the Diocese of Raleigh beginning June 21, 2012, and concluding on July 4, 2012.

Bishop Burbidge will begin the observance with Solemn Vespers on Thursday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Raleigh, followed by a picnic hosted by the Knights of Columbus on the parish grounds. The Bishop is encouraging individual parish activities and liturgical events.

In the coming days, the Diocese will provide additional resources, including a letter from the Bishop to the faithful of the Diocese, to be published in parish bulletins the week of June 16-17, as well as video interviews on the Diocesan website regarding the First Amendment and the role of Catholicism. A link on the Diocesan website will also point users to the USCCB document “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” which outlines recent concerns regarding religious freedom, and to a series of 14 reflections related to the Vatican II document “Declarations on Religious Liberty.”