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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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  • Mother Teresa’s work continues with acts of love and faith
    On the night before Mother Teresa was canonized, six of her Missionaries of Charity and three volunteers headed out on their usual Saturday evening run to serve the homeless on the streets of Washington, D.C.
  • A Labor Day blessing
    Some years ago, I received an unexpected blessing at a gas station. While pumping gas, I noticed someone familiar beside a nearby car – Sister Virginie Fish, an Oblate Sister of Providence, whom I had interviewed about her work promoting the sainthood cause of Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, the foundress of a pioneer order of black sisters in Baltimore.
  • Editorial: Rays of hope, and some dark clouds, as new Catholic school year begins
    Earlier this week, just before our Catholic schools would open their doors for the new school year, about 2,000 principals, teachers and staff members gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Opening of Catholic Schools Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
  • Setting out for Kraków
    As the bus pulled up to Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac on July 24 to pick up 23 World Youth Day pilgrims on their way to Dulles Airport for their flight to Kraków, Poland, Father William Byrne was among those wishing them well on their journey.
  • For a veteran police chaplain who ministered to first responders after the 9-11 attacks on the Pentagon in 2001 and after the Washington Navy Yard shootings in 2013, this has been a heartbreaking week of sorrow and loss, following the fatal shootings of five police officers and wounding of seven others on July 7 in Dallas, preceded by the police shooting of an African-American motorist in St. Paul, Minnesota, the day before, and of another black man by police outside a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, convenience store one day before that.
  • Now is time for Maryland legislators to “Give Kids the Credit!”
    As the old song goes, “What a Difference a Day Makes.” The flurry of state elections and caucuses on March 1 cause that day to be called “Super Tuesday,” but a presidential campaign season marked by personal insults and attempts to divide people based on their religion, immigration status, gender economic worth, and fear and anger, has been disheartening.
  • More mercy, less beef jerky
    Each month, we receive hundreds and hundreds of submitted drawings and writings from children attending local Catholic elementary schools and parish religious education programs for the Junior Saints children’s section published by our Catholic Standard newspaper.
  • Snow way blizzard warnings would deter some marchers
    Firefighters are known for their bravery, selflessness and determination to help others, a spirit that leads them to run into burning buildings and famously, up the steps of the collapsing World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 as others ran down the steps past them.
  • 10 lessons from Tim Russert’s life for journalists in Catholic press
    The opening dinner of the 2015 Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo included a tribute to Tim Russert, the late NBC journalist, devout Catholic and proud son of Buffalo. Here are 10 lessons from Tim Russert’s life for journalists in the Catholic press.
  • ‘Heart of the Church’
    This week’s cover story of the Catholic Standard by reporter Zoey Di Mauro and photographer Jaclyn Lippelmann on pages 10-11 offers an in-depth look at a special day in the life of four local religious congregations, as they held open houses on Sunday Feb. 8 as part of the Catholic Church’s Year of Consecrated Life.
  • One day, around the mid-1970s, Tom Sullivan came home and picked up the Washington Star, and was captivated by a photo of nuns playing soccer with boys in South Korea, and then he was even more captivated by the newspaper’s article that told the story of a Washington-born priest, Father Aloysius Schwartz, who founded a religious order, the Sisters of Mary, to help him serve orphans and street children in the slums of Busan, Korea’s second largest city. The priest and sisters established Boystown and Girlstown schools, providing an education and hope for the future to thousands of poor children.
  • For the past 25 years, Msgr. Michael Fisher –who serves as the Archdiocese of Washington’s Vicar for Clergy and Secretary for Ministerial Leadership – has “rung in” the new year in a special way. At the stroke of midnight marking the new year, he elevates the Eucharist at a Mass he celebrates for the Carmelite nuns at Port Tobacco in Charles County.
  • Pope Francis's Aug. 14-18 visit to South Korea is a cause for great joy, not only among the 5.4 million Catholics there, but for Korean Catholics in the Washington area.
  • As the longtime editor of the Catholic Standard, Tom Rowan had an unusual battle cry. On deadline days, he would walk through the newsroom to his office, muttering in mock exasperation, "There's no hope!" When he retired in 1991, we joked that his nearly 40 years working for the Archdiocese of Washington approximated the amount of time that the Israelites spent wandering lost in the desert before finding the Promised Land.
  • This Pentecost Sunday June 8, our Archdiocese of Washington will have an "upper room" experience, as we tangibly experience the Holy Spirit - not with tongues of fire or wind, as the Apostles did at the first Pentecost, but with Cardinal Wuerl convoking the final session of the Synod of the Archdiocese of Washington, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
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