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“Solidarity means much more than engaging in sporadic acts of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community” (Fratelli tutti, 116).

Join us, June 22 – June 29, as we pray, reflect, and take action on religious liberty, both here in this country and abroad. –Our First, Most Cherished Liberty

Religious freedom allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and to serve the good of all.  Beginning June 22, the feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, the USCCB invites Catholics to prayreflect, and act to promote religious freedom.

We pray for:

  • Day 1 Pray that children waiting to be placed in a loving home and the caregivers who serve those children will find strength and support from the Church.

  • Day 2 Pray that God would continue to grant Catholic institutions the wisdom and courage to serve a world suffering the effects of the COVID pandemic.

  • Day 3 Pray that the dignity of all people will be respected in our country.

  • Day 4 Pray that Christian witness in the face of attacks on our churches will convert hearts to faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Day 5 Pray for our Catholic sisters and brothers who are suffering in Nicaragua.

  • Day 6 Pray that governments would respect the consciences of all people who care for the sick and vulnerable.

  • Day 7 Pray for Christians in Iraq, and that people of all faiths in the land of Abraham may live in peace.

  • Day 8 Pray that Christians will have the courage to speak the truth with kindness and clarity, even in the face of adversity.

The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life
Tell your U.S. Senators to oppose it!

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The Equality Act, which is coming up for a vote in the U.S. Senate soon, in many ways does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith.

The Equality Act would:

  • punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities, simply because of their beliefs;

  • force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women;

  • risk mandating taxpayers to fund abortions;

  • force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition; and

  • expand what the government considers a “public” place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.

All people desire to know their Creator. All people have a natural impulse to seek the good and to live in accordance with that good. All people can flourish when they pursue the truth about God and respond to the truth.
Religious freedom means that all people have the space to flourish. Religious freedom is both an American value and an important part of Catholic teaching on human dignity. When we promote religious freedom, we promote the common good and thus strengthen the life of our nation and the community of nations.

Freedom Spotlight…

Pope Francis & Religious Freedom, Quotes from Our Holy Father /
en Español

Religious Liberty and the Practice of Charity
John Garvey, J.D., President, Catholic University of America

forthnight for freedom

How To Talk About Religious Liberty
Religious freedom has recently become one of the major focal points in the conversation on how Americans can pro-mote the common good. Our Catholic tradition has much to offer this conversation. In this time of increasing polarization in our culture, we can contribute to a better understanding of this issue in a way thatrespects all people. We can speak with friends and neighbors about religious freedom and work to clear up misconceptions about it. 

Fact Sheets

Learn more about current challenges to religious freedom, both here in the United States and abroad.

Religious Liberty at Home

International Religious Freedom

First Freedom Podcast 
Conversations about a variety of issues related to religious liberty, including challenges to our first freedom, Catholic social teaching, and more!  Check it out!

Missionary Disciples Who Serve the Good of All  (