MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile hosts it own Fortnight for Freedom, a two week period of prayer and action for this country. The movement comes in response to what the Catholic Church calls threats to religious liberty.
Hundreds gathered at Cathedral Square the evening of Friday, June 28, listening to religious leaders of all denominations.
The goal they said was to fight what they consider threats to religious liberty and stand together as one by praying for our country.
"It's an inspiration to me to see all these people out here this evening," said Archbishop of Mobile Thomas Rodi. "And they're Catholics and members of many different Christina denominations and other religions, too, here joined in prayer."
Fairhope's David Legier took a lot from the event, especially the 5 p.m. mass.
"There are some challenges that the government is looking at that impact the Catholic Church," Legier said.
One of the challenges leaders touched on Friday night is the church's value of life in the abortion debate.
A focus for Archbishop Rodi is defining marriages as between a man and a woman. The message comes in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
"It just happened by coincidence that some Supreme Court decisions came out that are very significant, and it just makes us more determined to witness to our faith in life and liberty and in marriage," Rodi said.
The archbishop believes as a society, we may be headed for future conflicts between the church and the state.
"We may just be entering a moment that it's going to be a challenge to witness to scripture values, but we're determined that we will," Rodi said.
Fortnight for Freedom runs until July 4.
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