In 1535, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher were martyred for standing up for religious freedom and defending the sanctity of marriage in opposition to King Henry VIII.  In 1634, many Catholics fled Europe to escape persecution and threats against freedom of conscience.  The need to preserve and maintain our religious freedom today is just as important as ever.  In fact, threats to our religious freedom are ever present in our day and time. Listen to the speakers on this page and see how you can take action to defend your right to religious freedom.

Click HERE to download the National Shrine prayer for Religious Liberty

How To Talk About Religious Liberty

Aaron Matthew Weldon, Ph.D. - Religious Liberty Program Specialist, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

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Check out these wonderful additional USCCB resources... 

USCCB First Freedom Podcasts:

USCCB Statement on Religious Liberty: “Our, First, Most Cherished Liberty”:

USCCB Religious Freedom Blog: “God’s Servant First”:

To listen to our latest Podcasts, and information on how you can take action to protect your                        Religious Freedom visit:


Serving Others In God's Love:

Faith-Based Organizations And The Freedom To Serve

Hillary Byrnes, Esq., Assistant General Counsel and Lead Staff to the Committee for Religious Liberty, U.S. Confrence of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

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Check out these resources courtesy of Hillary Byrnes, Esq.

Testimony of Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, RN, New York State Operating Nurse who was forced to participate in abortion in violation of her conscience:

Free to Serve: “We are Catholics, We are Americans”

Pope Francis & Religious Freedom newsletter of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States (Sept. 2015):

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For up-to-date text messages, just text the word “FREEDOM” to 377377

USCCB Chairman Call Faithful to Prayer & Action Urging Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act:

Click on this link to download Hillary Brynes, Esq. power point presentation:


Christian Persecution Worldwide

Nina Shea, Esq., Senior Fellow and Director, Hudson Institute, Center for Religious Liberty

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Check out these resources courtesy of Nina Shea, Esq.

Pray for upcoming Ministerial to Advance Religious Liberty or

Final Day of USCCB Religious Freedom Week presentation by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz:

Hudson Institute: Center for Religious Liberty:

“The ISIS Genocide of Middle Eastern Christians Minorities and Its Jizya Propoganda Ploy” by Nina Shea, Hudson Inst.
A shorter, more recent piece on the same subject: “’N’ for Nazarene” by Nina Shea, Hudson Inst.:

Reliable avenues for direct aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East:

Aid to the Church in Need:

Knights of Columbus:


Religious Freedom: Essential To Our Faith

Rev. Dr. Emmanuel P. Magro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Catechetics and Religious Education, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America

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Living Out One's Faith In Daily Life

Kate S. Alexander, Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC)

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Click the play button below to watch: Stand With Cathy For Conscience Rights

Check out these resources courtesy of Kate Alexander

Maryland 2018 Election survey results of Candidates:

MCC Catholic Advocacy Network (CAN) Sign-Up:

Link to District 19:


Click this link for the video Catholics Called to Stand Up For Conscience Rights:

Religious Freedom Week with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz video click below: