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Thursday, September 29, 2016
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  • 'Moved by Mercy' is theme of Respect Life Month, yearlong observance
    Each year, October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and this year's theme is "Moved by Mercy."
  • Archdiocese of Washington celebrates one-year anniversary of papal visit
    Exactly one year earlier, Pope Francis had celebrated an historic Mass in Washington outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. On Sept. 23, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Msgr. Walter Rossi, the basilica’s rector, unveiled a memorial marker to commemorate the spot on the basilica’s east portico where the pope celebrated a canonization Mass for St. Junípero Serra, the famous 18th century Spanish Franciscan missionary of California.
  • Walking with Francis 2.0 – Making a Difference One Year Later
    Exactly one year ago, all of us at Catholic Charities were overflowing with joy after having the opportunity to welcome Pope Francis as he visited our clients. I wrote at the time that I felt a little bit like what I have heard from parents, brides and grooms about weddings. There was so much preparation leading up to the big day, and then it all happened so quickly.
  • Through serving, people continue to ‘Walk with Francis’
    As Pope Francis boarded the plane after his visit to Washington, he carried with him a book containing more than 100,000 pledges that people in the Archdiocese of Washington had made to “Walk with Francis” by either praying, serving or acting to improve their community.
  • Father Dianda dies, was longtime pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Washington
    Father Carl F. Dianda, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington for 57 years, died Sept. 1 at his home in Hyattsville. He was 83 years old.
  • Father Don Worch dies, was known for being present to parish families
    Father Donald Worch, who died Aug. 27 at the age of 75, served in 10 different parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington during his nearly 50 years as a priest. His parishioners remember him for his gentle presence that extended beyond the altar and into their homes, where “he was a part of our families,” according to Joan Treacy, the coordinator of liturgy for St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood, where Father Worch was pastor for 17 years.
  • Father Mattingly arrested on charges of bank fraud from time when he was pastor at Newtowne parish
    The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland announced Sept. 1 that a federal grand jury has charged Father John Mattingly, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, with 20 counts of bank fraud in connection with what it called an alleged “scheme to steal funds from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church” in Newtowne.
  • Bishop Dorsonville offers Mass for peace and racial harmony
    About 150 people gathered Aug. 4 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington for a Mass invoking God’s blessing for peace and racial harmony in their communities.
  • Bishop Dorsonville reminds victims of apartment explosion they are not alone
    During an Aug. 21 Mass for the victims of the Flower Branch Apartment explosion in Silver Spring, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville reminded everyone that even in difficult times they are not alone, because “Jesus is with you."
  • At Seminarian Family Day, Bishop Holley thanks families for nurturing faith at home
    During Seminarian Family Day at St. Patrick Church in Rockville on Aug. 6, newly ordained priest Father Stephen Wyble told families that they often play the largest role in helping men follow their call to the priesthood, and providing the love that sustains them in their vocation.
  • Statement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl on the appointment of Bishop Martin Holley as Bishop of Memphis
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, released the following statement today on the news that Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley has been appointed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as the fifth Bishop of Memphis.
  • Ledecky wins gold and breaks world record in her last event of the 2016 Olympic games
    As Katie Ledecky stood on the medal stand on Aug. 12 for the fifth and final time of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, she had to cover her face to hide her tears. She had just broken her own world record in the women’s 800-meter freestyle and was in the process of receiving her fourth gold medal of this summer’s Olympic games.
  • Two dead, more than 30 injured by explosion at Flower Branch Apartments

    Late Aug. 10, a violent explosion and fire destroyed a large portion of the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, leaving more than 100 people without homes. More than 30 people were injured, and so far two have been confirmed dead.

  • Ledecky wins gold in a narrow 200-meter freestyle race
    On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Katie Ledecky completed what was considered to be the most difficult individual event of her Olympic schedule – the 200-meter freestyle – and won. But unlike her 400-meter freestyle race, which she won by nearly 5 seconds, Ledecky won by just .35 of a second, closely followed by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.
  • As Rio Olympics begins, Ledecky swims to gold and silver
    Within the first two days of Olympic swimming competition, Katie Ledecky had already added two medals to her collection. On Saturday, Aug 6, the swimmer who graduated from Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, anchored the women’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and helped earn a silver medal for the team – placing second after the Australians.
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