Religious freedom is “the human right that guarantees all other rights,” Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said July 4 in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops’ fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.
Every June, the doughnut supply in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, gets depleted. A rush of dads and their children from St. Rose of Lima church and school in Roseville descend on this small town during their annual summer camping trip, which they have been doing for the last 11 years.
In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit.
The Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield begins each year with a theme to provide focus for their teachers as they design their lesson plans. In 2007, the theme was Care for God’s Creation. It was something that stayed with Dave Marshak, who was then a new social studies teacher and girls soccer coach. It was still in his mind five years later as he pointed and aimed at a tawny lioness in Tanzania. When he was sure of his shot, he pulled the shutter on his camera.
A 25-year-old photo sits in the office of Dick Engler, president of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul.
By cultivating freedom in their own hearts first through prayer and the Eucharist, Catholics will be best equipped to live their faith and promote religious freedom in a society that is increasingly hostile to Christianity, said Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
In a country founded on Christian principles, more and more, secular culture is paving the way for a “de-Christianized” nation where religious liberty means people can practice their faith as long as it’s done behind closed doors.
In another in a series of bitterly divided end-of-term cases, the Supreme Court June 29 upheld the execution protocol used by Oklahoma and several other states.