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US bishops call for global support for life and liberty

The US bishops have arranged for a Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty to take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington next Sunday.

They have also asked Catholics across the world to join them in praying a Rosary novena for religious liberty and hope that the initiative will be embraced by bishops, clergy and laity in Scotland and beyond.

Archbishop William Lori (above) of Baltimore, chairman of the US bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, will celebrate Mass and lead the pilgrimage as part of the US bishops’ annual Respect Life prayer campaign. His homily will focus on the noted quote from Thomas Jefferson: “The god who gave us life gave us liberty.”

“Religious liberty is a gift we must never take for granted and it is a gift we must always be vigilant in safeguarding,” Archbishop Lori said. “We know this from the history of our nation. We know it from the history of other nations, where this most precious freedom has eroded and has been lost.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the Rosary can download the American bishops Rosary Novena for Life and Liberty, recommended for use by individuals or groups from October 14-22 from their website at http://www.usccb.org /issues-and-action/religious-liberty/prayer-resources.cfm

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