On Wednesday, June 20, the Diocese of Providence, led by our good shepherd, Bishop Thomas Tobin kicked off our celebrations of the Fortnight for Freedom with a 7:30 am Mass and prayer breakfast. Following is part of an article in The Rhode Island Catholic, by Brian J. Lowney.
PROVIDENCE – More than 450 worshippers [pretty good for an early morning work day] who attended the Fortnight for Freedom Mass and Prayer Breakfast held Wednesday at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul were called to be vigilant, pray and advocate in defense of religious liberty and conscience rights [Don’t let the media confuse the issue with contraception and abortion! We have the GOD GIVEN RIGHT to live and proclaim our Catholic Faith].
The event was the first of many Masses and educational events to be held in dioceses across the country. [Get active in the process, visit the Rhode Island Catholic Confrence here.]
The Fortnight for Freedom campaign, established by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, runs from June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St John Fisher and St. Thomas More, both martyrs who remained faithful despite persecution by political power – to Independence Day, July 4, and was created as a special time of prayer, education, catechesis and public action to emphasize both the Christian and American heritage of liberty.
In his homily, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said the “impressive number” of worshippers who attended the event was a sign of the participants’ faith, interest and concern for the important issue.
Bishop Tobin told those gathered that Fortnight for Freedom was created to defend religious freedom – “a right that belongs to every human being” and “a right bestowed on us by almighty God.” He added that the campaign is not a statement about women’s health, or church participation in partisan politics.
Read the whole RI Catholic article here.