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ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON
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Monday, October 20, 2014
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  • 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.



     
  • During an Oct. 13 Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Fort Worth, Texas, the pastor, Father Jim Khoi asked for prayers for Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who grew up in the parish and is now in the news as the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the United States
  • Life of newly beatified New Jersey sister called ‘recipe for holiness’
    More than 2,200 people packed the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J., on Oct. 4 to celebrate the first beatification liturgy in the United States.  
  • In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to Catholic teaching, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals.

     
  • New Jersey nun to become first American beatified in United States

    Although Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was personally unassuming, the spiritual impact she had on other Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth was so unmistakable that they began the effort to have her canonized soon after her May 8, 1927, death in Paterson.

    Her cause will advance Oct. 4, when she will be declared Blessed Miriam Teresa at a beatification Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. She will be the first American to be beatified in the United States. 
  • Pilgrims celebrate Faith Quest journey after retracing foundations of faith here

    As Peggy Burns and Louise Dufresne set out earlier this summer to participate in the Archdiocese of Washington’s Faith Quest, they knew they would learn a great deal about the Catholic heritage of the archdiocese dating all the way back to pre-Revolutionary War days.

    After visiting all 25 designated sites throughout the archdiocese, they shared their memories during a closing celebration held for Faith Quest participants, who visited eight or more places, at the Franciscan Monastery’s St. Francis Hall on Sept. 7.

     
  • St. Mary’s County parishes help fair-goers ‘Connect 2 Christ’
    Somewhere between the carnival rides, cotton candy, pig races, and prize-winning produce, visitors to St. Mary’s County Fair could take a “selfie” with Pope Francis. Held Sept. 18-21 in Leonardtown, anyone strolling by the roasted peanut salesman and stopping by the “Connect 2 Christ” booth could stand next to a life-size replica of the pope as volunteers from local Catholic parishes took a photo. 

    “I think it’s great to be at a place like this – to be visible and available for people of all walks of life,” said Jane Burke. “It’s an invitation.” Burke is a parishioner at St. Aloysius Parish in Leonardtown, where the evangelization team led by Deb Vavrus coordinated the outreach.
     
  • Mourners honor Joe Gallagher, legendary St. John’s basketball coach

    Longtime St. John’s College High School basketball coach Joe Gallagher often consoled his assistants and players after a defeat remarking, “We might have lost a game, but I have never lost a party.” As family members and friends gathered at Gallagher’s Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernadette Church in Silver Spring, they honored a firm but fair coach, father and grandfather who also won at life. A member of the St. John’s class of 1939, the former coach and history teacher died Sept. 15 of natural causes. He was 93.

     

     
  • ‘We look to the future’

    Celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Archdiocese of Washington’s 75th anniversary, Cardinal Donald Wuerl compared the story of its journey of faith to a pilgrimage, stretching 2,000 years ago to Jesus and his disciples, and ultimately pointing to heaven.

    “As we celebrate our 75th anniversary as an archdiocese, we do so with gratitude for the past, with resolve for the present moment and with confidence as we look to the future. We are convinced that as God was with those who went before us and on whose shoulders this Church stands, so too, will God continue to be with us,” the cardinal said at the Sept. 21 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.

     
  • Local and national Catholic officials have warned that a proposed bill being considered by the Council of the District of Columbia, the "Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014" threatens the religious liberty of groups operating in the nation's capital. 

    Michael Scott, the director of the D.C. Catholic Conference and the director of public policy for the Archdiocese of Washington, called the bill "unjust and unnecessary... If passed, the legislation would allow the city government to interfere within the local Church's governance and operations in violation of the United States Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993."
     
  • In Defense of Christians summit opens in Washington
    Nearly a thousand Christian leaders, politicians and laypeople gathered in Washington to launch a massive effort on behalf of the suffering minority religious communities of the Middle East, including Christians who have been the victims of a recent wave of atrocities at the hands of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. Christians there, who have lived in the region for 2,000 years, have been murdered, tortured, raped and forced from their homes by the rampaging militants. 
  • Every day we learn more about the atrocities perpetrated against Christians and others in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. It is almost incomprehensible that today in organized military action, Muslim extremists are torturing and killing unarmed Christian women and children, attempting forced conversions to Islam and inflicting every type of inhumanity on fellow human beings. In light of the growing crisis for Iraqi Christians and others, our Holy Father and the Holy See have been increasingly insistent in their calls for peace and for humanitarian response to the new waves of refugees fleeing terror and death. 
  • Strong values essential for a strong America, Sen. Rubio says in CUA talk
    The economic health of the United States depends on a morally strong citizenry, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said July 23 in an address at The Catholic University of America. "The spiritual and moral well-being of our people has a direct and consequential impact on their economic well-being... a direct impact on the financial well-being of a people," the Florida Republican said. 
  • The Bishops of Maryland issued the following statement on Wednesday, July 23, concerning the plight of the more than 50,000 unaccompanied children who have come to the United States: 
  • The following is a list of Catholic press awards won by Cardinal Donald Wuerl; the Catholic Standard newspaper; its Spanish-language sister publication, El Pregonero; and the Archdiocese of Washington. The awards were presented during the 2014 Catholic Media Conference that was held June 18-20 in Charlotte, N.C., and sponsored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. 
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