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Saturday, December 20, 2014
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  • “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.

  • Catholic Charities’ staff and volunteers ‘do God’s work’ in serving poor
    Reflecting on Christians’ call to love and serve others as Jesus did, St. Teresa of Avila wrote, “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours…” 
  • Bishop Leonard Olivier, retired Washington auxiliary bishop, dies at 91
    Bishop Leonard Olivier, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and a priest for more than 60 years, died Nov. 19. He was 91 years old and was residing at the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, D.C.  
  • Today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the HHS mandate against the legal challenge brought by the Archdiocese of Washington and its affiliated ministries is very troubling and deeply flawed. The ruling makes an offensive distinction between the Church and its ministries of service. It specifically classifies the services provided by Catholic hospitals, clinics, universities, schools and social service ministries as ‘not inherently religious,’ and thus disqualified for inclusion in the mandate’s exemption for ‘houses of worship.’ In other words, the Court holds that although churches should not be required to facilitate access to morally offensive products and procedures for their employees, church-affiliated ministries are not ‘religious enough’ to qualify for the very same exemption.  
  • Catholic Charities Day designed to inspire Catholics to join effort in serving poor
    The familiar obelisk shape of the Washington Monument, with a wavy bar in the middle forming a cross, forms the logo for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, accompanied by the motto, “Inspiring Hope, Building Futures.” 
  • At annual Mass, Cardinal Wuerl encourages young adults to share their faith

    At the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Young Adult Mass on Oct. 26 at St Matthew’s Cathedral, Cardinal Wuerl reminded the nearly 500 attendees of one thing –  “God loves you.” Encouraged by that simple fact, the young adults then walked to Buffalo Billiards a couple of blocks away after Mass, to eat, drink and listen to popular Catholic singer Marie Miller.

  • Cardinal Wuerl encourages catechists to share the story of Jesus
    On the feast day of St. Robert Bellarmine, the patron saint of catechists, Cardinal Wuerl invited religious education leaders from across the archdiocese to join him for evening prayer. 
  • Catholic voters in Maryland face many key issues
    Maryland voters will head to the polls on Nov. 4 to elect a new governor, eight U.S. Representatives and all 188 members of the state’s General Assembly.  
  • Pope Francis is urging Catholics to be missionary disciples, says Boston cardinal
    Today’s Catholics, like the first disciples, are being called to be missionaries and bring the Good News of Jesus to the world, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Sept. 9 in the John Carroll Society’s fall lecture at the Newseum in Washington.

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