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Thursday, January 29, 2015
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  • 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.

  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated a Jan. 1 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl connected the celebration of the Mother of God with the World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, which the Catholic Church has celebrated since 1968. “This year in particular the Church’s call for peacemaking is very timely,” the cardinal said. “Across our country, the past few months have been marked by unrest and protests calling attention to the relationship of trust and peace.”

  • The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs on Dec. 26 filed a petition for rehearing en banc with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in their lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate. 
  • is source for finding spiritual gifts of Advent, Christmas
    How is that “to-do” list looking? Is it getting longer or shorter? For most of us, this last week before the celebration of Christmas leaves little room for pausing to consider what a difference it has made for us that God became man. 
  • Catholic University and the National Shrine  host 25th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity
    The whistle of the flutes above the orchestra created an eerie sound as the choir softly chanted the opening words of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and Word was God.” The unearthly music brought to mind a picture of the Genesis     creation story where the spirit of God hovered over the dark waters.

  • “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,” an exhibition of art focusing on Our Lady now on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, is a “beautiful, magnificent” exhibit that can help visitors “meet Mary and recognize how visible (Jesus’s) mother is in our lives,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said.

  • More than 90 cardinals, bishops and priests gathered Nov. 24 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington to offer “a last, long, tearful farewell” to the late Bishop Leonard Olivier who died Nov. 19 at age 91.

  • The 27th national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be taken up in parishes at Masses on     Dec. 13-14. The annual appeal, coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), benefits more than 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests. 
  • Cardinal Wuerl celebrates Mass to mark the start of the Year of Consecrated Life
    This year, the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marked not only a season of preparation for Christmas but also the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life, declared by Pope Francis to be a time of thanksgiving for vocations to the religious life. Friars, sisters and lay people gathered in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to attend the opening Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl. 
  • Catholic Charities and Pepco serve up Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless
    Late every Wednesday afternoon, Catholic Charities staff members and volunteers serve a hot meal to the hungry outside its headquarters in Washington, and for the past two Thanksgivings, the agency has hosted a sit-down feast for those in need.

  • Maryland parish recalls doctor who died of Ebola as hero, man of faith

    Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland Catholic doctor who died Nov. 17 after contracting the Ebola virus while serving patients in his native Sierra Leone, was remembered by his family, colleagues, government officials and friends as a man who loved God, lived to serve others and died as a hero.

  • Volunteers at SHARE Network help deliver 10,000 turkeys in time for Thanksgiving

    In the middle of a cold warehouse lined to the top with cases of food, a group of volunteers held hands and prayed. “Let’s do ordinary things extraordinarily well,” said Jaynee Acevedo, executive director of SHARE Food Network. They then formed an assembly line and began to pack boxes with macaroni, vegetables, pie and a turkey.

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