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ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON
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Thursday, March 05, 2015
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  • Father Theodore Hesburgh, higher education leader, diplomat, dies at 97

    Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during his 35 years as president and held sway with political and civil rights leaders, died Feb. 26 at the age of 97.

     
  • From before the time that Washington, D.C., became our nation’s capital, Catholic institutions in what is now the District of Columbia have served the common good through educational and charitable outreach. 
  • WASHINGTON — Opposition to the legalization of marijuana is on "the side of science and the side of fact," said William J. Bennett, a former U.S. secretary of education and former federal "drug czar."

     
  • Dozens of Assyrian Christians were abducted by Islamic State forces during a new offensive against a string of villages in northeastern Syria, aid and civil rights organizations reported.  
  • U.S. Bishops urgently call for greater protection of Middle East religious minorities
    In the wake of the brutal murders of twenty one Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya, increased support to protect religious minorities and civilians should be combined with adequate humanitarian assistance and other assets, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace.

     
  • Bishop Knestout joins the ‘Pope’s Rabbi’ for interfaith dialogue in Washington
    In 1963, two years into the Second Vatican Council, a second-grade teacher at a Catholic school walked into her classroom and made an announcement to her students. “Children, for the rest of your lives you are going to hear sometimes people say bad things about the Jews, specifically that the Jews killed Christ,” she told them. “This comes directly from Rome: it was never true, it’s not true now, and if you ever hear this in your lives, you are to dispute it and argue against it.”  
  • Cardinal Wuerl blesses new statue of homeless Jesus outside Catholic Charities’ building

    In Matthew 25:40, Jesus told the crowd, “Amen, I say to you, whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, you do unto me.” Inspired by these words, sculptor Timothy Schmalz created a bronze statue of Jesus-- homeless and asleep on a park bench, which now sits outside of the headquarters of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

     
  • At Ash Wednesday Mass, Cardinal Wuerl urges solidarity with world’s persecuted Christians

    Making an impassioned plea at the end of his Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Cardinal Donald Wuerl urged the faithful to offer prayers and speak out for Christians being persecuted throughout the world.

     
  • During his State of the State address on Feb. 4, newly inaugurated Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expressed his support for school choice and the Education Tax Credit, which would allow businesses to donate to education related non-profits, like Catholic schools, in exchange for tax credit. 
  • Catholics in the state of Maryland are encouraged to participate in Catholic Lobby Night on Feb. 16, Presidents’ Day, from 2:30 to 8 p.m. in Annapolis.  
  • Highlighting the life, suffering and enduring hope of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who eventually became a nun, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley called for reflection and action to combat modern-day slavery during his homily on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking Feb. 8. 
  • The Archdiocese of Washington on Feb. 5 joined national and local religious institutions and pro-life advocacy organizations in urging Congress to disapprove two recently enacted laws passed in the District of Columbia that they said are “unprecedented assaults” upon their organizations’ religious freedom and conscience rights. 
  • Canadian Church leaders and advocates for the disabled reacted with dismay when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down laws against physician-assisted suicide.  
  • Local Catholic officials have applauded a move by Colorado lawmakers to reject making assisted suicide legal in that western state, saying that such a move highlights that assisted suicide is not the proper way to help the terminally ill. 
  • Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on the Announcement of Pope Francis’ Planned Address to a Joint Meeting of U.S. Congress
    It is a great honor and tremendous joy to welcome our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Archdiocese of Washington during his proposed pastoral visit to the United States in September. 
 
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