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Sunday, December 09, 2018
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  • Before jumping into the Rio Olympics, Thea LaFond stops to thank God
    When Thea LaFond, a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring, found out that she would be headed to Rio de Janeiro to represent her home country, the Commonwealth of Dominica, in the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first thing she did was thank God and ask Him, “How did you do this, God? How did this happen?”
  • Faith is source of strength for wrestling champion
    Kyle Snyder’s knack for making history began during his junior year of high school, when he helped win the first-ever state championship for the wrestling team  of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney.
  • Father Tou’s 60 years as a priest marked by a promise kept, and a motto lived
    For Father Louis Aloysius Tou, entering the seminary and later serving as a priest for six decades has been all about keeping a promise and staying true to his motto. Father Tou, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington who is 85 and marking the 60th anniversary of his ordination this year, was interviewed recently at the Cardinal O’Boyle Residence for retired priests, where he has lived for the past 11 years
  • Editorial: Georgetown’s leaders tout  free speech, remain silent on abortion
    The campus newsmagazine Georgetown Voice has now joined in what is becoming an ever widening discussion regarding the invitation of the president of Planned Parenthood to campus in its article, “Soul Searching: Navigating Georgetown’s Catholic Identity.”
  • Pope’s document on family develops doctrine, doesn't change it, says Austrian cardinal
    Pope Francis' document on the family reflects an “organic development” of Church teaching and doctrine, said Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, theologian and participant in both synods that dealt with the topic.
  • Pope sends off Missionaries of Mercy to help people open hearts to God

    Pope Francis marked the beginning of the Church’s Lenten journey by sending off several hundred religious and diocesan priests on their own special path as Missionaries of Mercy in local parishes.

  • Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says
    “This is not human,” Pope Francis said after a night of terror in Paris left more than 120 people dead and more than 200 people injured. As French authorities investigated the almost simultaneous attacks Nov. 13 on at least six different sites – inside a concert hall, outside a soccer stadium, and at four cafes and restaurants – Pope Francis spoke briefly Nov. 14 with the television station of the Italian bishops’ conference.
  • To her colleagues, retiring principal Joan Hosmer is known as a strong proponent of the school’s Inclusion Program for students with special needs, as the principal who helped the school win its second Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education in 2009, and the woman who nicknamed each student ‘pumpkin.’ “They liked that,” said her long-time secretary, Karen Robertson.
  • 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.
  • Washington native Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz declared ‘Venerable’ by Pope Francis

    As a boy growing up in his native Washington, D.C., Aloysius Schwartz dreamed of becoming a missionary priest and serving the poor.

  • 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. 
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