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Friday, December 19, 2014
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  • This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Christmas truce that was  celebrated by opposing sides of the British, French and German forces. 
  • The Drama of the Incarnation in Caravaggio’s Visual Homily
    As we prepare for the graces of Advent and Christmas we are invited into the drama of the Incarnation of God in human history. An exquisite painting by the Italian Baroque master painter, Caravaggio, entitled, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, completed around 1597, offers a stirring visual homily for our contemplation during this sacred season.  
  • Some Cuban exiles ‘cautiously hopeful’ about change; others feel betrayed
    Cubans in South Florida reacted with both joy and skepticism to the news that Cuba and the United States would start working toward normalizing relations and ending the economic embargo imposed by the U.S. 54 years ago.

     
  • Sydney archbishop: Darkness of siege cannot overcome Christ’s light

    Hell has touched Sydney, but the darkness let loose on a terrorized city cannot overcome the light of Christ, the Australian city’s archbishop said at a special Dec. 16 Mass after a lone gunman took 17 people hostage in a cafe, killing two before being shot by police.

     
  • Picturing Mary: New exhibit of masterpieces at National Museum of Women in the Arts examines how artists have depicted Mary as woman, mother and idea
    A  stunningly beautiful collection of Baroque and Renaissance masterpieces depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary currently on exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is not only captivating and spiritually uplifting, it is a serious look at how artists’ conceptions of Our Lady evolved over an almost 500-year period. 
  • Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, pope says
    . No saint was ever known for having a “funeral face,” Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile. 
  • Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

    A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

     
  • D.C. Catholics mourn the passing of Marion Barry
    Local Catholics remembered Marion Barry – the civil rights activist, past mayor and well-known D.C. politician who died at the age of 78 on Nov. 23 – as a friend to the Church in the nation’s capital with a heart for the poor. 
  • 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.

     
  • Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea
    Although mentioned only seven times in the Gospels, the Blessed Virgin Mary and her role in the Church have been debated, studied, defined and redefined during the Church’s 2,000-plus-year history. Since the beginning of the Church, Mary has been hailed and venerated for her unique role in God’s plan of salvation. 
  • After grand jury report, archbishop urges Ferguson, ‘Choose peace!’

    St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson urged residents of Ferguson, Mo., to “Choose peace!” He made the comment in a statement Nov. 24 following the issuance of a grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in the August shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, an African-American.

     
  • Pope Francis confirms he will visit Philadelphia in September

    Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

     
  • 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.  
  • The recent suicide of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who took a lethal dose of physician-prescribed drugs in Oregon on Nov. 1, offers a time to mourn, not only for a young woman’s death, but also for the way in which an advocacy group and a cooperative media used her plight to further public acceptance of legalized killing – i.e., physician-assisted suicide. 
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