Masses at well-known basilicas in Baltimore and Washington will open and close the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a special period of prayer, study, catechesis and public action proclaimed by the U.S. bishops for June 21 to July 4.
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore will celebrate the opening Mass at Baltimore’s historic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 7 p.m. June 21 to kick off the Catholic Church’s national education campaign on religious liberty.
The closing liturgy will be at 12:10 p.m. July 4 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington will celebrate the Mass, and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia will be the homilist. The Eternal Word Television Network will carry the shrine Mass live.
In addition to the liturgies, national efforts include establishment of www.fortnight4freedom.org. The site features resources such as frequently asked questions about religious liberty, including quotes from the Founding Fathers, the Second Vatican Council and Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.