Archbishop Lori opens Fortnight for Freedom with Gospel connection

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June 22, 2015

People gather at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore June 21 for a Mass to mark the beginning of the U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom. (CNS photo/courtesy Archdiocese of Baltimore) See FORTNIGHT-OPEN June 22, 2015.

People gather at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore June 21 for a Mass to mark the beginning of the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom. (CNS photo/courtesy Archdiocese of Baltimore)

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Archbishop William E. Lori reminded those gathered for Mass June 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that when it comes to religious freedom, American Catholics and Christians worldwide are in the same “boat.”

In the day’s Gospel reading, from Chapter 4 of St. Mark’s Gospel, Jesus calmed the storm threatening the boat carrying him and the apostles on the Sea of Galilee. That boat symbolizes the church through history, said Archbishop Lori in his homily.

He was the main celebrant at a Mass to open the U.S. bishops’ fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom. Almost 1,000 people attended.

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