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Friday, September 04, 2015
Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary dedicated at National Shrine
Acknowledging Mary as the “mother of all nations, but especially of us,” Cardinal Péter Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest joined Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in blessing and dedicating the new Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Aug. 29.
Iraqi archbishop urges solidarity with suffering Christians in his country
The ongoing slaughter and persecution of Christians in Iraq by Islamic State militants should be defined and recognized as genocide by the world community, an archbishop from Iraq said during a visit to Washington.
Craftsmen and artists lend their hands to building furniture for Papal Mass
It’s probably safe to say that the team of carpenters and woodworkers constructing the furniture for Pope Francis’s Sept. 23 Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception have more advanced tools than St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, did.
Catholic University students witness the furniture they designed being built for Pope Francis’s Mass
This spring, students at the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America undertook an assignment like no other. They were invited to participate in a competition to design the altar, ambo and chair that Pope Francis will use in his Sept. 23 outdoor Mass on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, overlooking the Catholic University campus.
Local exhibits shine light on Blessed Junipero Serra’s impact on American culture
Though Franciscan missionary Blessed Junipero Serra may have died in 1784, his legacy has yet to fade in the state of California, or throughout the United States. Now in Washington on September 23, Pope Francis will canonize the native Spaniard, performing the first ever canonization on American soil.
Building second papal altar is work of faith for deacon
They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but at the St. Joseph Carpentry Shop along a country road in Poolesville, Deacon Dave Cahoon is having his second “once-in-a-lifetime” experience in the past seven years.
Cardinal Baum, longest serving U.S. cardinal, witnessed and made history
Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980 who served as a cardinal for 39 years – the longest such tenure in U.S. Church history – died July 23 after a long illness. He was 88 years old.
‘Walk with Francis’ service pledge drive launched in honor of papal visit
In anticipation of Pope Francis’s September visit to Washington, the Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Charities have launched an effort that challenges members of the local community to reach out to those in need.
Congress seeks to investigate Planned Parenthood after video shows top official may be selling fetal organs
After the Center for Medical Progress released a video showing a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the harvest of fetal organs, members of the U.S. House of Representatives have opened an investigation into the possibility of illegal activity by Planned Parenthood.
Court rules against Little Sisters plea to avoid way to bypass mandate
The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14.
‘The truth of marriage has not changed’
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding same sex unions will bring new legal challenges that could adversely affect the Catholic Church, but at the same time should inspire the faithful in efforts to promote and strengthen sacramental marriages, according to local Catholic experts on marriage and family.
Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops’ annual Fortnight for Freedom
Religious freedom is “the human right that guarantees all other rights,” Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said July 4 in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops’ fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.
At D.C. Council hearing, medical professionals testify against assisted suicide bill
Lawmakers in the District of Columbia are considering legislation that permits doctors to prescribe medications that would enable terminally ill patients to end their lives.
Supreme Court ruling does not change Church’s definition, understanding or teaching on the sacrament of marriage
Catholic leaders and others have said that the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional does not change the Catholic Church’s teaching or understanding of marriage.
Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on the decision of the Supreme Court of the United State regarding same-sex marriage
The Archdiocese of Washington issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide:
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