The Bishops of the United States are calling on American Catholics to pray during the upcoming week for religious freedom, held from 22 to 29 June.
"Solidarity in Freedom" is the theme of the annual Religious Freedom Week, which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is promoting from June 22 to 29.In a message published on their website, the Bishops write that “solidarity means much more than engaging in sporadic acts of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community.” Religious freedom, they continue, allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and to serve the good of all.
In view of the event, the USCCB has prepared a special prayer subsidy that suggests, for each day of the Week, a specific theme.
On 22 June, prayers will be said for "children waiting to be placed in a loving home"; on 23 June, for all Catholic institutions that, "with wisdom and courage" place themselves at the service of the world affected by the Covid-19 pandemic; on 24 June, prayers will be said for respect for the dignity of all in the United States, while the following day prayers will be dedicated to the conversion of the hearts of those who commit acts of vandalism against the Church. And again, on 26 June, prayerful thoughts will go to our suffering brothers and sisters in Nicaragua, while on 27 June there will be a plea for respect on the part of the government for "the conscience of all health care workers."
The last two days will be dedicated respectively to Christians and people of all faiths in Iraq, so that they can "live in peace," and to freedom of expression, so that "Christians have the courage to speak the truth with kindness and clarity, even in the face of adversity."