Mass celebrated to address state and church issues

The Youngstown Catholic Diocese celebrated its Fortnight for Freedom mass Monday.

Starting on June 21, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on church members to take two weeks to pray and take action on challenges to religious liberties.

Bishop George Murry celebrated the daily noon mass at Saint Columba Cathedral in downtown Youngstown.

Murry said the Fortnight for Freedom is not just about contraception and abortion issues, but it’s a way to stand up to policies the church finds morally objectionable.

“That there would be a time set aside in the United States for people and the church to reflect on religious liberty,” said Murry. “Issues from the mandate on contraceptive services to church and state issues.”

The Fortnight for Freedom ends on July 4.

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