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Saturday, November 22, 2014
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  • Bishop Leonard Olivier, a retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and a priest for more than 60 years, died Nov. 19. He was 91 years old and was residing at the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, D.C.  
  • Pope Francis confirms he will visit Philadelphia in September

    Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

  • Today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the HHS mandate against the legal challenge brought by the Archdiocese of Washington and its affiliated ministries is very troubling and deeply flawed. The ruling makes an offensive distinction between the Church and its ministries of service. It specifically classifies the services provided by Catholic hospitals, clinics, universities, schools and social service ministries as ‘not inherently religious,’ and thus disqualified for inclusion in the mandate’s exemption for ‘houses of worship.’ In other words, the Court holds that although churches should not be required to facilitate access to morally offensive products and procedures for their employees, church-affiliated ministries are not ‘religious enough’ to qualify for the very same exemption.  
  • The recent suicide of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who took a lethal dose of physician-prescribed drugs in Oregon on Nov. 1, offers a time to mourn, not only for a young woman’s death, but also for the way in which an advocacy group and a cooperative media used her plight to further public acceptance of legalized killing – i.e., physician-assisted suicide. 
  • Catholic Charities Day designed to inspire Catholics to join effort in serving poor
    The familiar obelisk shape of the Washington Monument, with a wavy bar in the middle forming a cross, forms the logo for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, accompanied by the motto, “Inspiring Hope, Building Futures.” 
  • Cardinal Wuerl’s interview on Synod on the Family

     (Cardinal Wuerl recently responded to questions about the Synod on the Family from Mark Zimmermann, the editor of the Catholic Standard newspaper and website of the Archdiocese of Washington.)

  • 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. 
  • 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.

  • 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.

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