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Friday, October 24, 2014
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  • The Passionate Love of Pope Paul VI for Christ and His Church
    At the conclusion of the Synod on the Family with Mass in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, October 19, 2014, Pope Francis beatified his predecessor Pope Paul VI.  In an earlier interview with the Roman daily newspaper, Il Messaggero, Pope Francis revealed that Blessed Paul VI had been a “great light” for him.  Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI likewise attested to the profound influence of Pope Paul on them – from his teachings and steadfast guidance of the Church through the storms of cultural upheaval, to his pioneering practice of overseas apostolic journeys and a more modest papal style.
  • Cardinal Wuerl says family synod came to ‘real consensus’
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family came to a “real consensus” after two weeks of animated debate, and that its final report will serve as a solid basis for the world synod on the family in 2015.
  • In the footsteps of St. John Paul II
    The most powerful and unforgettable museum exhibits transport you to another time, another place, and through personal artifacts or works of art, through images and sound, give you a glimpse of the heart and soul of an artist or of a person who made history.
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  • The two major party candidates for Maryland’s governor in November’s general election –Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan – both of whom are Catholic, spelled out their stances on the issues during recent wide ranging interviews with Catholic officials. 
  • (Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement with the idea that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness. His article is below…)

  • Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility when no one else would.

  • Immaculate Conception marks 150 years  as landmark of faith in Shaw neighborhood
    Immaculate Conception Church, located in almost the exact center of the District of Columbia and in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood from the time of the Civil War to the digital age, celebrated its 150th anniversary with a joyful Mass on Oct. 19 attended by a standing-room crowd.

  • Cardinal Wuerl rededicates Shrine of  St. John Vianney at Charles County parish
    More than 200 people gathered Aug. 3 at St. Mary Church, Newport, to participate in the rededication of the first ever shrine in the United States to honor St. John Vianney. Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass and blessed the shrine on the day before the saint's feast day. In rededicating the shrine, the cardinal urged the faithful to emulate the example of the saint and to "follow in the footsteps of Our Lord." 
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl announced the following clergy appointments. They are effective as indicated. 
  • Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

  • Music for the Eucharistic Banquet
    On Saturday, October 11, 2014, I had the great joy and privilege of blessing the newly restored organ at my titular church in Rome, the Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains. 
  • CBN-DC inaugural gala raises more than $30,000 to support Catholic education
    Leon Harris, the anchor for ABC 7/WJLA-TV, served as the master of ceremonies for the inaugural gala of the Catholic Business Network of the District of Columbia on Sept. 25, an event that made news by raising more than $30,000, which will provide grants supporting students in need at 14 Catholic schools in Washington.

  • Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open
    After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.



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