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Friday, October 24, 2014
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  • Candidates for Maryland governor differ on education support, assisted suicide
    The two major party candidates for Maryland’s governor in November’s general election –Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan – both of whom are Catholic, spelled out their stances on the issues during recent wide ranging interviews with Catholic officials. 
  • Dear Brittany: Our Lives Are Worth Living, Even With Brain Cancer

    (Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement with the idea that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness. His article is below…)

  • U.S. Catholic health care workers, dioceses respond to Ebola crisis

    Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility when no one else would.

  • The Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, are experiencing “terrorism of previously unimaginable proportions” in which the perpetrators seem to have absolutely no regard for the value of human life, Pope Francis said.

  • Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open
    After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

  • In the footsteps of St. John Paul II
    The most powerful and unforgettable museum exhibits transport you to another time, another place, and through personal artifacts or works of art, through images and sound, give you a glimpse of the heart and soul of an artist or of a person who made history. 
  • 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."
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