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Friday, May 22, 2015
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  • Archdiocese of Washington statement on D.C. Circuit’s denial of rehearing in its legal challenge to the HHS Mandate
    The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs are disappointed that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has denied our Petition for Rehearing in our ongoing legal challenge to the HHS Mandate. 
  • Cardinal Wuerl issuing a new pastoral letter on Catholic identity
    On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, Cardinal Wuerl is issuing a new pastoral letter, Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge. That day, the text of the pastoral letter will be available on the Archdiocese of Washington’s website at, and the text will be printed in the upcoming June 4 edition of the Catholic Standard newspaper.


  • Archbishop from Syria pleads for his people during Washington visit
    At evening vespers on May 1, Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, cried out for help to the great evangelist St. Paul: “You owe us your conversion, your baptism! Now we need you to ask the Lord for a miracle,” he said in front of the crowd gathered at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington. 
  • Congress comes to Carroll
    Hundreds of students at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington witnessed the federal government at work when a May 14 hearing on the reauthorization of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act was held in their auditorium. Supporters described it as a needed initiative that has given low-income families the ability to send their children to a school that best fits the child’s needs. 
  • Memorial Mass honors military personnel
    At the 21st annual Memorial Mass Memorial Mass for living and deceased U.S. military personnel, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, archbishop for the Military Services, reminded those at the Mass of the importance of the armed forces in defending the rights of the faithful to fulfill Christ’s mission here on Earth. 
  • Poverty summit seeks solutions
    Taking a shared responsibility for the plight of all America’s children and making the elimination of poverty a national priority were two of themes that ran through the three day Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty held at Georgetown University in Washington, where President Barrack Obama spoke on the morning of May 12.  The event was hosted by Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the National Association of Evangelicals. 
  • Cardinal Wuerl and Domino’s Pizza founder help launch D.C. chapter of Legatus
    Speaking at the May 5 inaugural event for the Washington, D.C., chapter of Legatus – a group for top-ranking business leaders who are Catholic – Cardinal Donald Wuerl said that today’s Catholics, like early Christians, have an important role to play in living and sharing their faith in a secular world that is indifferent and sometimes even hostile to Gospel values. 
  • Mass of Thanksgiving on June 7 to honor native Washingtonian on road to sainthood
    The public is invited to attend an upcoming Mass that will honor a native son of Washington who recently achieved a milestone on the road to sainthood. 
  • At Mass for bicentennial of St. John Bosco’s birth, Salesians encouraged to emulate founder
    Like a family coming together to celebrate a father’s birthday, members of the Salesians of Don Bosco family – including priests, brothers, sisters, lay supporters, students and graduates – came together on May 3 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of their order’s founder, St. John Bosco. 
  • Iraqi sister’s plea is for her fellow Christians to be able to go home
    Two days after giving riveting testimony to a congressional committee about the persecution of Christians by ISIS in her home country of Iraq, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka met with Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who promised her his continued prayers and solidarity. 
  • The Archdiocese of Washington hails this evening’s historic passage of H.J. Res. 43 by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which passed the House with a vote of 228 - 192, is a resolution of disapproval pertaining to the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA). Passed and enacted by the D.C. government, RHNDA would force religious institutions and other organizations to hire or retain employees who publicly act in defiance of the mission of their employer. 
  • A short time ago, another video surfaced depicting the mass beheading of 30 Christians by ISIS, the Islamist group that has already committed countless atrocities against Christians and various minority groups.  The video, which is addressed to “the nation of the cross,” shows two groups of Ethiopian Christians being killed in Libya, similar to the video released in February showing the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.  A few days earlier, it was reported that 12 people on a boat full of migrants were tossed into the sea to drown by a group of aggressive Muslims solely because they were Christian.

  • Maryland lawmakers have tabled a proposal that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives, but supporters of the measure have vowed to reintroduce the measure next January. 
  • The Archdiocese of Washington, along with a coalition of religious institutions, faith-based organizations, and pro-life advocacy organizations within the District of Columbia, praised the passage of H.J. Res. 43 on April 21 by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  
  • Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl and John Garvey, the president of The Catholic University of America, both issued statements on April 17 to mourn the death of Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop emeritus of Chicago.

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