Bishops Urge Catholics To Pray For Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty


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ABSTRACTBishops Urge Catholics To Pray For Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty Home | Offices | Bookstore | Contact Us | Share | Subscribe Buscar / Search:  Prayer and Worship Liturgical Calendar Prayers Blessings Devotionals Liturgical Resources Resources for the Eucharist Sacraments Roman Missal Beliefs and Teachings Who We Teach How We Teach What We Believe Dialogue With Others Vocations Issues and Action Get Involved Take Action Now Religious Liberty Faithful Citizenship Marriage and Family Cultural Diversity Human Life and Dignity Child and Youth Protection Media Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Video Bible Today's Reading Books of the Bible Understanding the Bible Approved Translations Liturgy Permissions Catholic Giving Opportunities for Giving Ways to Get Involved About USCCB Strategic Plan USCCB Mission Leadership Bishops and Dioceses USCCB Offices Contact USCCB Financial Reporting USCCB Employment EN ESPAÑOL | Print | Share | Calendar | Diocesan Locator        Items of Interest Scriptural Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries Scriptural Rosary for Justice and Peace Fifth Luminous Mystery: INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST History of the National Prayer Vigil for Life National Prayer Vigil for Life Frequently Asked Questions Emergency Contraception Fails to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion A Holy Hour for Life: Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament for the Gospel of Life Foro Asuntos de Vida: Católicos llegan a DC para rezar y testimoniar por la vida Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence Questions and Answers about Lent and Lenten Practices Life Issues Forum: Prayers for Our Nation Foro Asuntos de Vida: Oraciones por nuestro país Anticoncepción y aborto: una conexión fundamental Prayer in the Year of Faith Life Issues Forum: Praying for Life & Liberty Foro asuntos de vida: Rezar por la vida y la libertad The Current National Picture on Teen Pregnancy Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty: Dates Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing in the 40th Anniversary Year of Roe v. Wade see all 20 pages Other News Releases: December 5, 2012 Bishop Ricken Offers ‘10 Prayers For Year Of Faith’ December 5, 2012 National Vocation Awareness Week Set For January 13-19 December 3, 2012 Advisory For Broadcasters: Vatican Announces Worldwide Telecasts Information For Christmas And World Day Of Peace Ceremonies Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Video   USCCB > Media > News Releases >   Bishops Urge Catholics To Pray For Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty   December 6, 2012 Not another program but part of a movement for life, marriage and religious liberty Invitation to 'prayer and penance,' Archbishop Cordileone says Second Fortnight for Freedom June/July being planned WASHINGTON—The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. Campaign components include monthly Eucharistic holy hours in cathedrals and parishes, daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom. The call to prayer is prompted by the rapid social movements and policy changes currently underway, such as the mandate by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that coerces employers, including heads of religious agencies, to pay for sterilizations, abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives, as well as increased efforts to redefine marriage. "The pastoral strategy is essentially a call and encouragement to prayer and sacrifice—it's meant to be simple," said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, c.......