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Sunday, August 28, 2016
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  • Labor Day statement ties lack of good jobs to decline in family life
    Today's "economic and political forces have led to increasingly lowered economic prospects for Americans without access to higher education, which is having a direct impact on family health and stability," said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.
  • Catholic vote remains important, but less predictable than in the past
    Is there a Catholic vote? Well, yes. Kind of. Voting patterns show Catholics vote much like the rest of America, with minor swings one way or the other, depending on the candidate and the state.
  • Louisiana floods called worst U.S. natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy
    The line of destruction caused by historic flooding in southern Louisiana stretches for 25 miles, and according to Red Cross officials, it is the worst natural disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
  • Bishop Dorsonville reminds victims of apartment explosion they are not alone
    During an Aug. 21 Mass for the victims of the Flower Branch Apartment explosion in Silver Spring, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville reminded everyone that even in difficult times they are not alone, because “Jesus is with you."
  • Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says
    In the chapel of the first house Blessed Teresa of Kolkata established in Rome, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity talks about her life, mixing the concrete and even mundane with the spiritual and even mystical.
  • Sister of Life’s vocational journey begin in her hometown of Washington
    Looking back on the moment she knelt before the altar of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, Connecticut professing her perpetual vows as a Sister of Life, Sister Grace Dominic said it didn’t feel like the end of an eight-year path of discernment, through postulancy and novitiate, but rather the start of the next adventure with Christ.
  • Pope Francis appoints Bishop Holley to lead Diocese of Memphis
    Pope Francis has appointed Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley to become the new bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, and the pope has accepted the resignation of Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib, 76, from pastoral governance of the diocese. The Vatican announced the appointment on Aug. 23. Bishop Holley will be installed as the fifth bishop of Memphis at the Cook Convention Center on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Olympic champion Katie Ledecky arrives at Dulles Airport to cheering crowd
    After winning five medals – four gold and one silver – at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, swimming champion Katie Ledecky is taking everything one step at a time, which led her right into the arms of friends waiting to greet her as she walked into the baggage claim of Dulles International Airport after arriving home to the Washington area on Aug. 17.
  • Shrine Mass honors St. Maximilian Kolbe on 75th anniversary of martyrdom
    Amid the lush, green farmland of Howard County, several hundred worshippers filled the chapel at the Shrine of St. Anthony Aug. 14 to honor a man whose final days were spent starving to death in a crowded, underground bunker.
  • Pope says mercy, pastoral care should guide research on life, family
    Appointing Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia as the new chancellor for the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and new president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis said he wanted to make sure the two bodies help the church offer better care to people who are hurting.
  • Pope names Dallas bishop head of new office for laity, family, life
    Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas to head the Vatican’s new office for laity, family and life.
  • Ledecky wins gold and breaks world record in her last event of the 2016 Olympic games
    As Katie Ledecky stood on the medal stand on Aug. 12 for the fifth and final time of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, she had to cover her face to hide her tears. She had just broken her own world record in the women’s 800-meter freestyle and was in the process of receiving her fourth gold medal of this summer’s Olympic games.
  • Two dead, more than 30 injured by explosion at Flower Branch Apartments

    Late Aug. 10, a violent explosion and fire destroyed a large portion of the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, leaving more than 100 people without homes. More than 30 people were injured, and so far two have been confirmed dead.

  • Ledecky wins gold in a narrow 200-meter freestyle race
    On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Katie Ledecky completed what was considered to be the most difficult individual event of her Olympic schedule – the 200-meter freestyle – and won. But unlike her 400-meter freestyle race, which she won by nearly 5 seconds, Ledecky won by just .35 of a second, closely followed by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.
  • As Rio Olympics begins, Ledecky swims to gold and silver
    Within the first two days of Olympic swimming competition, Katie Ledecky had already added two medals to her collection. On Saturday, Aug 6, the swimmer who graduated from Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, anchored the women’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and helped earn a silver medal for the team – placing second after the Australians.
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