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Saturday, February 28, 2015
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  • Sister Sara Ann Abell, who taught hundreds how to read, dies at age 102
    Sister Sara Ann Abell, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 84 years, who served for more than two decades in Southern Maryland, died Jan. 24 in Louisville, Ky. She was 102 years old. 
  • Bishop Knestout joins the ‘Pope’s Rabbi’ for interfaith dialogue in Washington
    In 1963, two years into the Second Vatican Council, a second grade teacher at a Catholic school walked into her classroom and made an announcement to her students. “Children, for the rest of your lives you are going to hear sometimes people say bad things about the Jews, specifically that the Jews killed Christ,” she told them. “This comes directly from Rome: it was never true, it’s not true now, and if you ever hear this in your lives, you are to dispute it and argue against it.” 
  • Upcoming events in the archdiocese
    Light The City is a one-night evening of prayer and personal invitation, held Saturday night, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. to midnight at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Northwest Washington. 
  • Ash Wednesday Mass
    Making an impassioned plea at the end of his Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Cardinal Donald Wuerl urged the faithful to offer prayers and speak out for Christians being persecuted throughout the world. 
  •  Cardinal Wuerl encourages Catholic Terps to strengthen their faith during Lent

    Even an hour before Wednesday evening Mass on Feb. 25, the Catholic Student Center (CSC) at the University of Maryland in College Park was teeming with activity. In the Great Hall students as well as volunteers from St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Camp Springs prepared for the pasta and chili dinner. The smell wafted into the chapel, where a dozen or so students wrote in journals and knelt before the tabernacle.

  • On snowy day, Catholic young adults give back

    They shoveled snow outside of a convent, just before another snowstorm undid their hard work. They packed bags for expectant mothers, cleaned a Catholic Charities’ men’s shelter, painted penguin figurines and colored paper crowns for sick children and did much more as the part of the annual Day of Service in Washington on Feb. 21, hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington’s Young Adult Ministry. More than 300 young adults spent their Saturday morning at 20 different locations around the city, before gathering for lunch to listen to a peer’s story of service in his work as a full-time missionary.

  • Cardinal Wuerl blesses new statue of homeless Jesus outside Catholic Charities’ building

    In Matthew 25:40, Jesus told the crowd, “Amen, I say to you, whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, you do unto me.” Inspired by these words, sculptor Timothy Schmalz created a bronze statue of Jesus-- homeless and asleep on a park bench, which now sits outside of the headquarters of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

  • At Ash Wednesday Mass, Cardinal Wuerl urges solidarity with world’s persecuted Christians

    Making an impassioned plea at the end of his Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Cardinal Donald Wuerl urged the faithful to offer prayers and speak out for Christians being persecuted throughout the world.

  • For some, Julie Andrews dancing with the von Trapp children in Salzburg, or Whoopi Goldberg leading the choir in Sister Act is what comes to mind when people mention religious life. But beyond cultural conceptions of consecrated men and women lie real flesh and blood people who serve God with their lives every day. They serve in diverse ministries, wear distinct habits, have unique charisms, and on Feb. 8, they opened their doors to let friends and strangers alike discover a little bit more about their lives. 
  • The Archdiocese of Washington on Feb. 5 joined national and local religious institutions and pro-life advocacy organizations in urging Congress to disapprove two recently enacted laws passed in the District of Columbia that they said are “unprecedented assaults” upon their organizations’ religious freedom and conscience rights. 
  • Local Catholic officials have applauded a move by Colorado lawmakers to reject making assisted suicide legal in that western state, saying that such a move highlights that assisted suicide is not the proper way to help the terminally ill. 
  • Washington native Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz declared ‘Venerable’ by Pope Francis

    As a boy growing up in his native Washington, D.C., Aloysius Schwartz dreamed of becoming a missionary priest and serving the poor.

  • Thousands of youth gather at the Verizon Center to rally and pray for life

    Just as the sun rose on Jan. 22, thousands of Catholic teenagers and young adults from across the country poured into the Verizon Center to meet other pro-lifers, pray for the unborn and celebrate the joy of being alive at the 20th annual Youth Rally & Mass for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington. Many, like Kansas City high schooler Megan Holzmeister, found that the combination of prayer, song and celebration kept them wide-awake in the early morning hours. “The atmosphere is amazing,” she said. “With all the young kids, it keeps it fun and upbeat, and it’s a great a opportunity to meet people.”

  • Before march, thousands gather at DC Armory to celebrate and pray for life

    They had come from across the country, a crowd of about 10,000 strong, mostly teens and young adults, filling the DC Armory for a Youth Rally & Mass for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington for out-of-town participants in the Jan. 22 March for Life, while the archdiocese again sponsored another rally and Mass at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington mostly for local youth.

  • Cardinal Wuerl celebrates Epiphany of the Lord
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass Jan. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. “Just as the star of Bethlehem led the wise men, symbols of the Gentiles, to Christ so we are reminded every Epiphany that we are also to be a light to those around us – a light reflecting Christ by reflecting our discipleship – our commitment to Him,” he said.

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