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Friday, January 30, 2015
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  • The Ray Rice case, and domestic violence in our homes

    As many of you know, I truly love sports. I play tennis regularly, early in the morning and sometimes even three times a week. I love to watch our local teams.  You might call me a “homer”.  If the Redskins, Nats, Caps or Wizards are playing, I can usually update you the next day on who won and the highlights of the game.  That is why the stories about the NFL, Ray Rice and his wife and the tragic and very public instance of domestic violence have caught not only my attention, but that of the whole country.

  • Middle Eastern patriarchs at summit seek resolution to crisis
    United in the suffering of their people, five Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East participated in a panel discussion at a first-of-its-kind summit meeting in Washington on Sept. 11 and offered insights on what needs to be done to ensure the survival and future of Christianity in the Holy Land.

    The patriarchs encouraged the world's Christians, and all people of good will, to stand in solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East, who have been enduring persecution and atrocities in the wake of rampaging Islamic State militants in northern Iraq and in Syria. 
  • Not only Christians, but all people of good will should stand in solidarity with the suffering Christians of the Middle East, speakers said at the In Defense of Christians Inaugural Summit in Washington Sept. 9-11.

    "We can be passive bystanders or active participants with this great effort to bring to the minds, eyes and hearts of everyone what is happening in the Middle East," said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, in welcoming participants to the gathering on Sept. 10 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  
  • Speaking at the recent In Defense of Christians summit in Washington, author Eric Metaxas compared the world's silence regarding the plight of suffering Christians in the Middle East, to the silence of the German people during the Holocaust. Metaxas is the author of a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran pastor who spoke out against the Nazi genocide of Jews and was executed in a concentration camp in 1945. Bonhoeffer, who wrote the spiritual classic The Cost of Discipleship, said, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil." 
  • Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. 
  • Addressing young people from Korea and other Asian countries on their concerns about the future, Pope Francis said the best hope for reunification of the divided Korean peninsula lay in brotherly love and a spirit of forgiveness. 
  • Starting his first visit to Asia, Pope Francis urged South Korean political and civic leaders to seek peace on their divided peninsula and strengthen their nation's commitment to democracy and social justice. 
  • Pope to send envoy to Christians forced from their homes in Iraq
    Given the "grave situation in Iraq," Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet Church and government officials, but especially to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State. 
  • Bishops say to end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee
    To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace. 
  • 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." 
  • In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 
  • 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. 
  • Pentecost marks 'life-changing power of God's presence,' Cardinal Wuerl says
    The Catholic Church's celebration of Pentecost highlights the "life-changing power of God's presence" believers receive through the Holy Spirit, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. 
  • The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs presented oral arguments May 8 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in their legal challenge to the HHS mandate. 
  • Saint John Paul II National Shrine celebrates its patron saint's canonization
    A few hours after about one million pilgrims celebrated the canonization of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII in Rome on April 27, more than 600 people attended Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in the presence of two first-class relics of St. John Paul II at the newly renamed Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. 
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