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Thursday, September 29, 2016
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  • Cardinal Wuerl serves at St. Maria’s Meals in Washington a year after pope’s visit to the program
    Almost a year to the date of when Pope Francis visited the clients, staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities at the agency’s St. Maria’s Meals program, Cardinal Wuerl returned to help serve meals to those who lined up on a sidewalk in downtown Washington on the evening of Sept. 21.
  • The Continuing Blessing of Pope Francis’ Visit to Washington
    “Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again, rejoice!” A year has passed since Pope Francis visited the Church of Washington, yet the memories are still fresh and the images vivid. As we mark this anniversary, his words of joy in Christ and his Gospel resonate again in our hearts.
  • The Fruits of Silence
    What happens when people who want good things to happen stay silent? A case study can be seen in examining how the positive impact that our Catholic schools offer our community and our nation is being threatened by recent societal trends involving our legislatures, courts and media.
  • The Problems of Priest Politicians, The Urgency of Lay Leadership
    ‘Why doesn’t the Church do something about this?” The woman who met me as I stood outside of church greeting people was waving a newspaper article that recounted some legislative body’s recent approval of physician-assisted suicide.
  • Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    It is comforting as well to know that Saint Mother Teresa continues to pray for me – and for you and all of us – now from heaven in the presence of the Lord she served so well.
  • Mass celebrates couples’ enduring love
    More than 630 married couples celebrating milestone anniversaries gathered recently at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
  • Cardinal's blog on Dallas tragedy: ‘If One Part Suffers, Every Part Suffers With It’
    Hatred, anger, violence and death are never answers and never have been. They are not the path to human dignity, freedom and peace and never will be. As Christians, one body of Christ, we know that “if one part suffers, every part suffers with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
  •  ‘Remaining Steadfast in Liberty and Our Gospel Mission’
    As people of faith experience a number of challenges in this country’s increasingly secular culture, the lessons of history offer wisdom and encouragement.
  • Voice of faith is essential in public square, cardinal says
    The Catholic Church’s teachings on morals and social justice not only have a right to be heard in the public square, but add to creating a better society for all, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said during an address at the American Enterprise Institute.
  • Pope Francis visits Washington
    After participating in the 2013 Conclave that elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Wuerl later explained the worldwide popularity of the first pope from the Americas, saying that the pontiff not only proclaims the Gospel, but through his simple, loving gestures to those on the margins, like the poor, immigrants, prisoners, people with disabilities and the elderly, he shows people how to “do the Gospel,” how to live it.
  • Pope Benedict XVI visits Washington
    The crowd of about 50,000 people from throughout the United States and across the Archdiocese of Washington offered enthusiastic applause as Pope Benedict XVI arrived for the April 2008 Papal Mass at Nationals Park in Washington. Moments later, the pope stood near the altar, smiled warmly and lifted his outstretched arms toward the congregation, as if to embrace them. The feeling was mutual.
  • Supporting religious freedom requires vigilance, says cardinal
    Speaking out in defense of religious freedom has been a hallmark of Cardinal Wuerl’s ministry since he became archbishop of Washington in 2006. That year, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle while celebrating the annual Red Mass that seeks God’s blessing on the administration of justice, he told a congregation that included Supreme Court justices and other government leaders that “faith is a cornerstone of the American experience.”
  • Supporting Catholic education seen as  cornerstone of cardinal’s life and work
    In his three-fold responsibility as a bishop to teach, to lead and to sanctify his people, Cardinal Donald Wuerl in his 10 years as archbishop of Washington has worked to strengthen Catholic education for people of all ages.
  • Cristo Rey’s honor roll includes graduates and corporate partners
    A special honor roll list for Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School ran in a recent edition of the Washington Business Journal, not only congratulating the graduating members of the Takoma Park school’s class of 2016, but also thanking and listing 125 corporate partners for helping to make the students’ dreams a reality.
  • Archdiocesan Synod’s ‘work of the Spirit’ continues to guide local Church
    In 2014 to mark the Archdiocese of Washington’s 75th anniversary, Cardinal Wuerl convoked the first Archdiocesan Synod on Pentecost, the day that the Catholic Church celebrates how the Holy Spirit emboldened the hearts of the Apostles at the first Pentecost to bring Christ’s Good News to the world. The cardinal said that day was fitting, because the Synod’s effort to “build the best Church we can be” for the future was the work of the Holy Spirit.
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