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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. Read the entire press release here.The USCCB has released resources and more information about the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty. There's a downloadable one-page handout (in English and Spanish). There is also a list of five ways to participate that includes:
- Host or attend a Eucharistic Holy Hour
- Pray a daily Rosary
- Prayers of the Faithful at daily and Sunday Mass (Download PDF here)
- Abstain from meat on Friday and fast on Fridays
- Participate in the second Fortnight for Freedom (June/July 2013)