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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
‘Where music and spirit come together’
Conductor Sir Gilbert Levine – popularly called “the pope’s maestro” because of his nearly two decade friendship with Pope John Paul II – was honored Jan. 31 with the papal honor of the rank of Knight Grand Cross of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great.
March for Life marks 43rd anniversary of Roe decision legalizing abortion
Catholic admonitions about inclusion mixed with strong political language before the March for Life got underway Jan. 22 in Washington.
At a Jesuit-sponsored Mass for life at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church that morning, Father Paddy Gilger’s homily reminded a small group of students that because Jesus made an effort to be inclusive when he chose his disciples, they, too, should be respectful of others’ opinions.
Before blizzard, thousands of youth rally for life at Verizon Center
Despite a the warning of a blizzard bearing down on Washington, D.C., thousands of pro-life young people gathered for the annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington on Jan. 22 at the Verizon Center.
Blizzard warning doesn’t deter youth at Rally and Mass for Life at D.C. Armory
Undaunted by frigid temperatures and the threat of blizzard conditions, about 3,000 people gathered at the D.C. Armory Jan. 22 for the Archdiocese of Washington's annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life.
Assisted suicide goes against America’s founding principles, speaker says
The drive to legalize physician-assisted suicide that is underway across the country, including in Maryland and the District of Columbia, runs counter to the founding principles of the United States, the keynote speaker said at the Archdiocese of Washington’s Adult and Family Rally and Mass for Life, held Jan. 22 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
Key issues in Annapolis will include assisted suicide, education credit and sick leave
As the General Assembly opens in Annapolis this week for its 2016 legislative session, the Maryland Catholic Conference will be advocating on key issues related to end-of-life care, educational opportunities for children, and sick leave benefits for workers.
Leaders call for United States to declare ISIS persecution of Christians as ‘genocide’
Religious leaders, members of Congress and Middle East scholars are strongly urging the U.S. government to officially declare the ongoing persecution and targeted mass killing of Christians at the hands of ISIS in Iraq and Syria as genocide.
Faith leaders pray and march for unity and understanding
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, Cardinal Donald Wuerl joined the leaders of other faith traditions for two peace and unity gatherings in Washington.
Pope recognizes miracle needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint
Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization.
Cardinal Wuerl opens Holy Door at National Shrine to begin Year of Mercy
Cardinal Donald Wuerl opened the national Holy Door at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Dec. 8, ushering in the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
In Rome or at home, Catholics urged to take part in Year of Mercy
Whether in Rome or at home, Catholics will have a variety of ways to take part in the Year of Mercy.
The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelization, the office organizing events for the Holy Year, presented details about some of the events planned at the Vatican and the services available for pilgrims.
San Bernardino bishop urges prayers for unity, healing after shootings
Arriving in the late morning Dec. 2 at the San Bernardino diocesan pastoral center for his job in the diocese’s Office of Worship, Chris Estrella knew something was very wrong.
Once at his desk, Estrella turned on his computer and saw the reason for the blockade and increased security: The Inland Regional Center had become a murder scene, with 14 people killed and 17 more wounded.
Dorothy Day's granddaughter urges Catholics to speak out against war, injustice
Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Martha Hennessy looks a little like her grandmother with her pulled-back white hair, and although she is soft spoken, she likely sounds just like her activist grandmother, too, when talking about helping the poor and promoting peace.
Bishops back national collection in 2017 to complete National Shrine mosaics
A proposed national collection does not usually receive a chorus of praise from bishops, but a Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s request for financial aid in decorating the central dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington did.
Diocesan-based healing ministry brings Church’s mercy after abortion, cardinals say in report to bishops
The Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis is a particularly appropriate time to raise awareness about Project Rachel, the Catholic program that helps people heal in the aftermath of an abortion, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and two other cardinals told their fellow bishops Nov. 16.
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