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Friday, March 27, 2015
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  • Pope Francis names Catholic Charities official as new auxiliary bishop of Washington
    Pope Francis on March 20 named Father Mario E. Dorsonville, 54, as auxiliary bishop of Washington, to assist Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the pastoral care of the 620,000-member archdiocese. His ordination as a bishop will be held on April 20 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.

     
  • The Archdiocese of Washington has issued a statement on two resolutions introduced in the U.S. Senate March 18 that would effectively veto two recently passed District of Columbia laws that force religious and pro-life organizations to operate contrary to their missions and sincerely held beliefs. 
  • Students, families and seniors rally together at Maryland March for Life in Annapolis
    The verses affirming God’s plan for every human life found in Psalm 139 began the rally at the Maryland March for Life in Annapolis on March 9: “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.” 
  • Cardinal Egan’s ‘pearl of great price’ described as his faith in Jesus
    At his funeral Mass March 10 in New York’s splendid St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Cardinal Edward M. Egan was remembered as a Churchman whose faith in Jesus Christ outshone even his considerable temporal qualities.  
  • O.J. Brigance, a former Baltimore Ravens tackle who was diagnosed eight years ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig's Disease,” urged Maryland lawmakers March 10 to reject a proposal that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives. 
  • As Maryland lawmakers consider a proposal to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives, the Maryland Catholic Conference has warned that allowing such a move is “significantly flawed” and “violates the most basic tenet of our belief in the sacredness of life.”

     
  • Cardinal Egan, retired archbishop of New York, dies at age 82
    Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who retired as archbishop of New York in 2009, died March 5. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. He was 82. 
  • Notre Dame’s Father Hesburgh laid to rest with grand memorial
    Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh frequently told friends and colleagues that his greatest ambition was to be a humble servant to God. 
  • Four national Catholic publications call for ending the death penalty
    Four nationally circulated Catholic publications called for abolishing the death penalty in the United States in a jointly published editorial. 
  • Students rally in Annapolis for the Maryland Education Credit
    The fourth graders from the Academy of St. Matthias the Apostle in Lanham were able to see their social studies textbook come to life when they visited the statehouse in Annapolis to support the Maryland Education Credit on March 4. “We interwove the curriculum with the advocacy,” said principal Abigail Greer, noting that they not only saw history, but they hopefully participated in the creation of history through advocating for the passage of legislation that would allow businesses to earn a tax credit when they donate to student assistance organizations. 
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl issued the following statement on the death of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, the 82-year-old archbishop emeritus of New York who died March 5 of cardiac arrest. 
  • 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.  
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