At their recent annual conference in Baltimore, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) extended their “Call to Prayer”to protect life, marriage, and religious liberty, according to an article by the Catholic News Agency.
The initiative was launched last December and was supposed to run through the end of this month, but the bishops voted to extend it. According to Archbishop Salvatore J Cordileone, bishop of San Francisco, “The work of the New Evangelization requires prayer and ongoing conversion.” Archbishop Cordileone is also the chair of the U.S. Bishops subcommittee for the promotion and defense of marriage.
The effort asks families and individuals to pray a daily Rosary, to offer special intentions as part of the Prayer of the Faithful at Masses, and to attend Eucharistic Holy Hours, in addition to encouraging Catholics to fast and abstain from meat on Friday. Resources for the laity to participate in the call to prayer are available on the USCCB website.
Threats to religious liberty are a primary concern for many Catholic colleges across the nation. Newman Guide colleges are currently fighting the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which would force Catholic colleges to provide health insurance coverage of abortion, contraception, and sterilization for employees.
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