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Participants in the July 12 Faith and Light pilgrimage to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine pose outside the shrine beside a statue of the new saint

Cardinal Wuerl celebrates opening Mass for National Migration Conference
Following Jesus's call to welcome the stranger, people should regard immigrants as brothers and sisters and fellow members of God's family, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said at the July 7 opening Mass of 2014 National Migration Conference, which had as its theme, "In Faith, in Solidarity, in Service."
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Saint John Paul II National Shrine welcomes Faith and Light pilgrimage
In a 2002 special address to members of Faith and Light, an international organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends, Pope John Paul II praised the group in its "welcoming of these ... special witnesses of the tenderness of God."
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Faith Quest helps pilgrims learn 'local Catholic heritage, grow in holiness and have fun'
For the second year in a row, the Archdiocese of Washington is inviting local Catholics to go on a quest to learn more about their faith and about local sites with a special historic or spiritual significance.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Supreme Court strikes down 'buffer zones' at abortion clinics
In a June 26 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics - meant to keep demonstrators away - violates First Amendment rights. The decision, a victory for pro-life groups, reversed an appellate court decision upholding a 2007 Massachusetts law that made it a crime for anyone other than clinic workers to stand within the yellow semicircular lines painted 35 feet from entrances of Planned Parenthood clinics in Boston, Springfield and Worcester.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Cardinal Wuerl celebrates Mass on St. Clement's Island, site of first Mass in English-speaking colonies
On a memorable day off the shore of Southern Maryland, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said his most moving moment came as the boat he was riding on approached a small island in the Potomac River. "And to think, it all started here," the cardinal said.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
5 Ways to be a Genius
I am reading a biography of Albert Einstein. Sometimes I pick a topic or person I know very little about and try to learn something new. I may not understand his Theory of Relativity, but I have learned a few other things. Being a genius in science does not necessarily make you one in life. Einstein discovered E=MC2, but I am not sure he understood that Dad = Time + Kid. I am not trying to be unkind or judgmental because Einstein lived in a different time and emotional place than we do now. It is clear to me that we are all called to be geniuses in our own way, so I offer five ways to be a genius.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Catholic Standard welcomes new staff photographer
Jaclyn Lippelmann has joined the Catholic Standard and El Pregonero newspapers and websites as staff photographer. As photographer led by the editors of the Catholic Standard and El Pregonero, Lippelmann will photograph Masses and other events for news stories and features.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
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