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Cardinal Baum, longest serving U.S. cardinal, witnessed and made history
Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980 who served as a cardinal for 39 years – the longest such tenure in U.S. Church history – died July 23 after a long illness. He was 88 years old.
‘Walk with Francis’ service pledge drive launched in honor of papal visit
In anticipation of Pope Francis’s September visit to Washington, the Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Charities have launched an effort that challenges members of the local community to reach out to those in need.
Congress seeks to investigate Planned Parenthood after video shows top official may be selling fetal organs
After the Center for Medical Progress released a video showing a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the harvest of fetal organs, members of the U.S. House of Representatives have opened an investigation into the possibility of illegal activity by Planned Parenthood.
Court rules against Little Sisters plea to avoid way to bypass mandate
The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14.
‘The truth of marriage has not changed’
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding same sex unions will bring new legal challenges that could adversely affect the Catholic Church, but at the same time should inspire the faithful in efforts to promote and strengthen sacramental marriages, according to local Catholic experts on marriage and family.
Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops’ annual Fortnight for Freedom
Religious freedom is “the human right that guarantees all other rights,” Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said July 4 in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops’ fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.
At D.C. Council hearing, medical professionals testify against assisted suicide bill
Lawmakers in the District of Columbia are considering legislation that permits doctors to prescribe medications that would enable terminally ill patients to end their lives.
Supreme Court ruling does not change Church’s definition, understanding or teaching on the sacrament of marriage
Catholic leaders and others have said that the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional does not change the Catholic Church’s teaching or understanding of marriage.
Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on the decision of the Supreme Court of the United State regarding same-sex marriage
The Archdiocese of Washington issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide:
Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide
In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide.
Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges
Writing that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create them.
Editorial: Despite hatred and division in world, the power of God’s love and mercy endures
Every day in our world and in our community, we see the destructive impact of hatred and division. But more importantly, every day we also see the enduring power of God’s love and grace, as manifested by his people.
U.S. Catholic leaders laud Pope Francis for encyclical on environment
U.S. Catholic leaders lauded Pope Francis for his encyclical, “Laudato Sí, on Care for Our Common Home,” for calling all to be good stewards, for putting “a human face” on environmental issues and for starting “a new conversation” on the urgent need to protect all of creation.
All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says
The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”
All who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, clean the land and the seas, and start treating all of creation – including poor people – with respect and concern, he says in the document released at the Vatican June 18.
Papal encyclical offers a ‘moral framework’ on protecting God’s creation, says Cardinal Wuerl and USCCB president
Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Sí on Care for Our Common Home,” which was released June 18, “brings a Catholic worldview to the environmental discussion which helps us see more clearly the moral lesson woven into the story of creation,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
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