Catholic Leaders Encourage Solidarity with Persecuted during Religious Freedom Week
06/22/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – Catholic leaders are calling on followers to practice solidarity on religious freedom during “Religious Freedom Week” running from June 22 – 29. Throughout the week, the Church plans to highlight specific threats to religious freedom and encourage followers to pray. Themes for each day include conscience rights for health-care workers, Iraqi Christians, adoption and foster care, as well as the Equality Act.
High-profile leaders like Cardinal Timothy Dolan tweeted in support of the week, “Religious freedom is for all people.” He continued, “As Pope Francis has recently taught in Fratelli Tutti, solidarity means much more than engaging in sporadic acts of generosity. It means thinking and acting in terms of community…” He went on to say that religious freedom “allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and serve the good of all.”
Matias Perttula, Director of Advocacy at International Christian Concern, welcomed the Religious Freedom Week. “We here at ICC are so grateful Cardinal Dolan and other Catholic leaders are raising awareness and calling on the Church to show solidarity on Religious Freedom,” said Perttula. “As threats against this sacred human right are mounting across the world, it is more important than ever before for Christians to stand up and speak up for religious freedom and show solidarity with those who are being persecuted.”
This week of solidarity comes as the world is reeling back from the pandemic where numerous questions arose about religious freedom as restrictions limited Church gatherings and the practice of religion.
Next month, religious freedom activists, leaders, and organizations are gathering in Washington, D.C. for the first-ever civil society-led International Religious Freedom Summit. The program will cover various topics ranging from threats to religious freedom to philanthropic opportunities for supporting the movement.
Greater global awareness is needed on this as religious freedom continues to be undermined in the west, as well as in other countries around the world.
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