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From Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York:
"On January 16, 1786, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom composed by Thomas Jefferson was adopted by the Virginia General Assembly. This statute would later inform our First Amendment, and so on January 16, our nation recognizes its great tradition of religious freedom by celebrating Religious Freedom Day.
"Religious freedom means religion should be protected from government interference. It also means that people of faith should be able to worship and carry out their ministries without fear. Unfortunately, vandalism targeting Catholic sites seems to have increased over the past couple of years. The Committee for Religious Liberty has been documenting attacks on Catholic churches, schools, and statues since 2020. One of the most recent incidents took place December 7, 2021, when a vandal entered a garden at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and used a hammer to deface a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
"In response to this hateful act, the National Shrine is organizing a Rosary recitation for Religious Freedom Day. The recitation will take place at 1:30 pm EST, and it can be livestreamed at www.nationalshrine.org/mass. You may send questions about the event to Joshua Maxey, Assistant Director of Communications and Development for the Shrine, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage you to share this information in your dioceses, so that we can take this opportunity to come together and pray for peace in our nation."
The Church in central and southern Indiana has joined dioceses around the world in beginning its participation in the preparation for a 2023 meeting of the Synod of Bishops.
Catholics across the archdiocese have the opportunity to contribute to the preparation through an online survey.
Read the most recent pastoral letter of Archbishop Thompson: