Catholic bishops endorse Mo. prayer measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging voters to approve a proposed state constitutional amendment on public prayer.

The proposed amendment will appear on Missouri’s Aug. 7 statewide ballot. It asserts the right in Missouri to pray in public places as long as doing so does not disturb the peace. It also says that students may express their religious beliefs and cannot be compelled to participate in assignments that violate those beliefs.

Catholic bishops say people of faith need assurance they will be able to express their religious beliefs in public without threats that they conform to changing societal norms.

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