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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2014

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Bishop Paprocki to Lead Prayer Rally at Capitol

SPRINGFIELD —  Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will lead the public in a prayer rally in front of the State Capitol on Tuesday, July 1 at noon.

Participants in the Freedom Prayer Rally for Religious Liberty will assemble at the Lincoln statue at the State Capitol on South Second St. and Capitol Ave.

The rally is part of the third annual Fortnight for Freedom observed throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois from June 21 – July 4 and is sponsored by the diocesan Office for Social Concerns and Respect for Life. The theme of this year's Fortnight is "Freedom to Serve" and will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Bishop Paprocki created the idea of Fortnight for Freedom at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in November 2011 which resulted in the first Fortnight events taking place nationwide in 2012.

The Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is 130 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.

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