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Thursday, October 30, 2014
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  • 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.

  • 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.  
  • Cardinal Wuerl’s reflections from Synod on the Family

    Since so much is being written and said about the progress of the Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the New Evangelization, I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts from the perspective of someone inside the Synod.

  • 5 ways Jesus loves families
    Our archbishop Cardinal Wuerl and many other bishops and Catholic theologians are meeting in Rome this month for the Synod on the Family. 
  • Catholics encouraged to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family

    Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington and nationwide are encouraged to join Pope Francis in a universal Day of Prayer on Sunday, Sept. 28 for next month’s Synod of Bishops addressing “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”

    “The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is an important moment for the Church and for families,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a statement. “I welcome whole-heartedly this day of prayer for the Synod fathers and for all who will participate. As the Church turns with special attention to the family, may God’s plan for marriage and the family be a source of hope and healing for all.”

  • Some of the best advice a bride can get before her wedding is advice that goes mostly unnoticed in the chaotic attempt to achieve her 'perfect' wedding. I remember people telling me, "Marriage is not a day, it's a lifetime," or "Don't sweat the small stuff," in an attempt to save me from drowning in flower arrangements, color schemes, bridesmaid dresses, venues, and guest lists. 
  • St. Ann's opens Hope House, to offer hope to homeless mothers and children
    Continuing its 153-year legacy of serving children and families in need, St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families in Hyattsville celebrated the Christmas season in a special way earlier this month, with the Dec. 7 blessing of its new Hope House program, which provides transitional housing and other services to young homeless mothers. 
  • The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will sponsor dinner for those who are alone or in need on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Baby meets pope - twice!
    Many Catholics dream of meeting the pope once in their lifetime. Newborn baby Mary Agnes Chandler from the Washington area got to meet Pope Francis twice by happenstance during her family's recent visit to Rome, as the pontiff kissed the month-old baby on two separate days in St. Peter's Square. 
  • At annual White Mass for persons with disabilities 
Cardinal Wuerl reminds faithful that everyone is 'unique reflection of God's infinite glory'
    Through their courageous witness, persons with special needs enable others to see the face of God and the power of His love, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the main celebrant for the fourth annual White Mass. 
  • Keeping kids safe in a digital world
    Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox in the United States have collaborated on a new website to instruct Web users, primarily parents, on how youths can navigate the online world, taking advantage of its promise while steering away from its pitfalls. The site,, was activated in the middle of June, which was Internet Safety Month. The site's subtitle is "Technology Safety Through the Eyes of Faith." 
  • Love of husband and wife is visible sign of God's love, cardinal tells jubilee couples
    The love married couples have for each other is a mirror of God's love for humanity and a witness to the power of God's grace, Cardinal Donald Wuerl told more than 600 couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries this year. 
  • Through blogs, Catholic moms share their faith as 'digital disciples'
    One of the Blessed Virgin Mary's titles is "Christ's First Disciple," and some of Our Lord's earliest followers were women, two of whom he appeared to first after his Resurrection. Now some 2,000 years later, another special group of women, specifically Catholic moms who blog on the Internet about their faith, the Church, as well as the joys and challenges of parenthood and everyday family life, can be considered among Christ's newest evangelizers or "digital disciples." 
  • Twin sisters share lessons about faith that their mother taught them
    When they were little girls, their mother often dressed the identical twin sisters alike. Now as adults, they continue to dress alike, because Sister Judith Maldonado and Sister Maristella Maldonado wear the white habit and black veil with white trim of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. This past summer the twin sisters marked their 25th anniversaries of becoming Dominican Sisters. 
  • Social media is the 'something new' in today's weddings
    Modern brides and grooms might have a hard time balancing the adage that they need "something old, something new" at their weddings since the new is at every corner. What's new - and getting newer by the minute - is technology's role in today's weddings. 
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