What is Religious Freedom?

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Religious freedom isn't just about private worship. Religious freedom is crucial for institutions that perform the works of mercy: educating children, feeding the hungry, and healing the sick.

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The work of the Maryland Catholic Conference to advance the public policy interests of the Catholic Church in Maryland​.
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Maryland is governed by three branches of government; the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch.
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Maryland Bishops Call for Compassion in Addressing Refugee Crisis

The Catholic bishops of Maryland join their voices with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and state Catholic Conferences throughout the country in calling for our nation and our state to welcome those fleeing persecution in other countries, 

including refugees seeking asylum from Syria.  To deny certain groups access to a safe haven based on their religion or country of origin is contrary to the principles of fairness and compassion that have been the foundation of our nation’s character.

Upholding these principles does not conflict with maintaining the safety of our nation, which has always been a paramount priority of the U.S. refugee resettlement process.  

Read entire release here.

Click here to learn more about the stringent screening process required for certain groups of refugees, including those from Syria.

Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.

This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.  Learn more and read the encyclical.