The bishops’ conference’s Jan. 22 response emphasized Church teaching on abortion and said Catholics cannot support abortion. Their statement also emphasized politicians’ responsibilities to reject a right to abortion.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima will broadcast Mass and prayers during this time.
Catholic groups like the Catholic Benefits Association say their religious-freedom position has been strengthened by a federal injunction against mandatory insurance coverage or medical referrals.
Angelo Caloia, 81, was president of the Institute for Religious Works, also known by its Italian initials, IOR, from 1989 to 2009.