The second annual Fortnight for Freedom concluded this July 4th to an enthusiastic and patriotic group of faithful gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. I was privileged to attend this special Mass with my parents, and my cousin, Monsignor Charles Pope, con-celebrating with 130 priests and bishops from around the nation.
Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese was the celebrant, and offered a wonderful homily that addressed religious freedom from a historical, theological, and present day perspective of threats to religious liberty. Catholics from all around the nation have been active in prayer and activities for religious freedom across the nation for the past two weeks. Archbishop Lori of Baltimore also gave some excellent concluding remarks and encouraging all to be active year-round to be prayerful and active in public life for religious liberty. The Mass concluded with everyone singing enthusiastically America the Beautiful.
Video: A candlelight vigil at the US Capitol began the Fortnight for Freedom:
Video: Archbishop Michael O. Jackels on restoring America’s Forgotten Values (Catholic News Service)