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 Fortnight for Freedom: "Witnesses to Freedom" Relic Tour



Please join Archbishop Gomez and faithful throughout Southern California on July 1 to welcome the relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, two 16th-century martyrs who exemplified courage and conviction in the face of persecution, to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels during Mass at 12:10 p.m.

A presentation of the Relics by the curator will immediatelly follow the Mass, from 12:50 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
Jan Graffius is the curator of collections at Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit school in England, where the relics are kept.

Los Angeles is one of the last stops of the national relic tour – organized by the USCCB – during Fortnight for Freedom (June 21-July 4), a special time of the year when dioceses nationwide highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The relic tour is part of two-week period of prayer, education and action by American Catholics in support of religious freedom.


UPDATE:  The Relics of Blessed Oscar Romero will be added to the Fortnight for Freedom Relic Tour Mass at the Cathedral. Declared a martyr by Pope Francis in February 2015 and beatified in May of last year, Bl. Oscar Romero advocated for Christian love, reminding the people that they were loved by God and that fighting back with Christian charity was the way to victory during the 12-year long civil war in El Salvador.

The two relics of Blessed Romero include a handkerchief with his blood from the day that he was assassinated on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence in San Salvador; and a microphone that he used to celebrate Mass every Sunday at the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador. The relics of Bl. Oscar Romero will be available at the Cathedral for public veneration only on July 1, after the noon Mass until 2 p.m.

VENERATION OF THE RELICS |  July 1 - 2, 2016

All are invited to venerate the relics of St. Thomas More (a small bone of the finger or toe) and St. John Fisher (a ring worn by the saint) at the Cathedral on Friday, July 1 from 12:10 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Both the Mass on Friday July 1st and the veneration that continues on Saturday July 2nd takes place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is located at 555 W. Temple Street, in Downtown Los Angeles.  The Mass will be streamed live online.  For additional information  please call (213) 680-5200.


As our country continues to face increasing threats to religious liberty, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, both 16th century Englishmen, are excellent examples of the courage to live the Catholic faith in the face of persecution.
St. Thomas More was Lord Chancellor in England in the early 1500s.  He resigned his post and refused to approve King Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage against Church teachings and his break from the Pope and establishment of his own church, the Church of England. More was beheaded on Tower Hill in London for his faith. 
St. John Fisher was a Bishop in England during the time of King Henry VIII and was initially asked to look at the validity of the King’s marriage to Queen Catherine.  He upheld the validity of the marriage and refused to give into the King’s demand or recognize the King’s new church.  He was executed two weeks before St. Thomas More.
Please help inform your communities of the this wonderful opportunity to venerate the relics of two saints who exemplified courage and conviction in the face of persecution.


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