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World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’
A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and “Youth Bible” are among features projected for the Catholic Church’s 14th international celebration of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.
Holy Child graduate wants to 'give back' and serve others as a doctor someday
Lauren Keeley, a top student in the class of 2014 at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, knows all about faith and trust. Those values have helped her endure medical challenges in her life, and thrive afterward, and she hopes one day to become a doctor, to help others like she has been helped.
Triplet sisters graduating from Visitation share strong Catholic faith
The Clarke triplets, Bridgette, Caroline and Julia, the first set of triplets to graduate from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, insist that they are different from each other. Bridgette is an artist who loves chocolate cake; Julia wants to be a neuroscientist and prefers ice cream; and Caroline is the commencement speaker at this year's graduation. (Her anonymous essay was chosen by a panel of her peers and teachers.) Caroline does not like chocolate cake at all.
Good Counsel scholar and hurdler is on stride for pre-med track at Harvard
As a hurdler on the track team at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Michelle Odonkor said she learned the value of patience, perseverance and determination.
Inspired by help he's received, Carroll graduate hopes to be medical researcher
Anthony Jones, a member of Archbishop Carroll High School's class of 2014, says the lessons he's learned there will help him succeed as a student at Boston College, where he plans to major in chemistry.
Seton seniors compile hundreds of hours of service to others
Just inside the entrance to Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, are two plaques. One encourages the students at the all-girls high school to have "the light to know." The other encourages them to have "the grace to do."
Any way you spell it, Mount Calvary seventh-grader Tamya Matthews is a champion
At Mount Calvary School in Forestville, champion is spelled "T-A-M-Y-A." That is because Tamya Matthews, a seventh-grader at the school, recently won the Prince George's County Spelling Bee. After correctly spelling the word "prosciutto," Tamya not only won the local spelling championship, but has moved on to compete in a national spelling bee.
Why Pope Francis appeals to young adults
Pope Francis is my new Catholic icebreaker. Over the past year, since the election of the relatively unknown Argentinian Jesuit to the Chair of Peter, I have had numerous conversations with young adults, both practicing and non-practicing Catholics, that have started with: "What do you think of Pope Francis?"or "Did you see what Pope Francis did?" or "Did you hear that Pope Francis said?" The trust and enthusiasm Pope Francis inspires is palpable, and this is nonetheless true for even the least religious generation in American history: Millennials.
Young adults pitch in for DCCatholic Day of Service
The weather finally warmed up and the sun shone brightly in a blue sky one recent Saturday morning. Yet 100 Catholic young adults spent a couple hours inside a low ceilinged, bare-walled men's shelter in Southeast, putting together 1,728 bagged breakfasts for the hundreds of men who stay at the shelter each night.
Thousands brave snow and cold to rally for life at the Verizon Center
Braving near-record low temperatures and Arctic-type wind chills, thousands of young people from across the Archdiocese of Washington and the United States gathered in Washington for a rally and Mass prior to the annual Jan. 22 March for Life.
St. Mary's Ryken seniors plan to enter religious life after graduation
Two seniors at St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown plan to enter religious life at the end of the school year. Emma Madden, 18, will begin discernment with the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, and Meagan Schreyer, 17, will enter the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia of Nashville, Tenn.
Seton student ties in school's food drive to 'Hunger Games'
Emma Tarnosky, a sophomore at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg and one of the founders of her school's Vincentian Service Club, helped lead the school's Thanksgiving food drive this year to a goal-breaking success.
Cardinal says altar servers are 'apostles who help make Jesus present' today
Altar servers play an important role in the Church's celebration of the "mystery of God with us," said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in his homily during a Mass to honor archdiocesan altar servers from parishes in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and the District of Columbia.
Student of the Week: For John Biffl, a senior at St. Anselm's Abbey School, Catholic education gives him 'strong moral compass'
John Biffl likes a challenge. The 17-year-old senior at St. Anselm's Abbey School in Washington is taking five advanced placement courses out of his seven-course schedule. "I found the academics here (at St. Anselm's) to be unmatched," he said.
Young people gather for Eucharistic Adoration, pray for world peace
Young people have a special role in bringing peace to the world through their prayers, sacrifices and evangelization, speakers told thousands of youth gathered for the 11th annual Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour.
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