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Friday, January 30, 2015
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  • Local Filipinos celebrate Pope Francis’s visit to their native land
    On the same day that Pope Francis celebrated Mass for an estimated 6-7 million people in Manila in the Philippines, about 700 Filipino Catholics gathered at Georgetown University to pray and celebrate with the people in their native land, as they watched a taped EWTN telecast of the papal Mass, and heard Cardinal Wuerl and other speakers reflect on the pope’s visit. 
  • 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.

  • At Mass honoring Dr. King, Cardinal Wuerl encourages people to ‘walk together’ for justice
    Celebrating the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Mass marking the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cardinal Wuerl said that as Dr. King demonstrated in the famous civil rights marches that he led, “we have to walk together” in working for justice in today’s world. 
  • Mother Catherine Spalding School, a small Catholic school in Helen, Md., will close at the end of this academic year. The request to close the school was submitted to the archdiocese by the school’s canonical administrator in collaboration with the priests at the parishes that have supported the school, which include Holy Angels (Avenue), Sacred Heart (Bushwood), Our Lady of the Wayside (Chaptico), Immaculate Conception (Mechanicsville) and St. Joseph’s (Morganza). The request was accepted and the school will close its doors at the end of this school year in June.

  • Pope’s canonization announcement surprises even Serra's promoters

    Surprising even the people who have been promoting the sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis announced Jan. 15 that in September, he hopes to canonize the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who founded a string of missions across Mexico and California.

  • National Gallery of Art holds 400th anniversary celebration of El Greco
    Before Milton wrote Paradise Lost, before the Mayflower landed on Plymouth Rock and centuries before Pablo Picasso lifted a brush, the painter El Greco was transforming his adopted hometown of Toledo, Spain with paintings of lanky figures in vibrant colors.


  • Pope tells Sri Lankans reconciliation means dialogue, ‘pursuit of truth’
    Arriving in Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, Pope Francis said reconciliation would require its people to explore their painful recent history and accept persistent differences within their multicultural society.

  • Five cardinals dedicated a new wing of the U.S. seminary in Rome, its first major addition in more than 60 years.

  • 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.

  • Maryland’s outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Dec. 31 he would commute the death sentences of the last four inmates on the state’s death row to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

  • 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. 
  • In Christmas messages, Middle East patriarchs lament their people’s suffering
    Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East lamented the suffering of their people in violence-wracked areas and offered words of hope while calling for prayers for their safety. In separate Christmas messages, each echoed a call for peace and issued pleas to the United States and Western nations to undertake new policies aimed at bringing an end to the violence that has plagued the region for years.  
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