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True Blue: St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie named National Blue Ribbon School
Now the hallways seem smaller than they did when he was a student, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout said as he visited his alma mater, St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie, Maryland, on Sept. 28.
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.
Opponents warn that D.C. Council’s assisted suicide bill endangers vulnerable members of community
As lawmakers in the District of Columbia prepare to consider a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives, opponents of such a move have stressed that the legislation would lead to abuse and harm the city’s most vulnerable populations.
Activists gather to pray and seek solutions to genocide of Christians in the Middle East
The third annual In Defense of Christians National Advocacy Convention, titled “Beyond Genocide: Preserving Christianity in the Middle East,” focused on what comes next in the wake a severe decline in the number of Christians in the Middle East. In 2003, the number of Christians in Iraq exceeded 1.5 million. Today there are less than 350,000.
At Mass, faithful offer prayerful thanks for canonization of Mother Teresa
Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated a Sept. 11 Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, thanking God for the canonization of Mother Teresa, and calling the saintly nun a “diminutive spiritual powerhouse.”
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.
St. Teresa of Kolkata will always be 'Mother' Teresa, pope says
With a large tapestry bearing the portrait of the woman known as the “Saint of the Gutters” suspended above him, Pope Francis proclaimed the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, hailing her courage and love for the poor.
Official portrait of St. Teresa of Calcutta unveiled in Washington
On the eve of her canonization as a saint, Mother Teresa of Calcutta – who famously disliked having her photo taken – was immortalized with the unveiling of a dramatic portrait Sept. 1 at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington.
Pope Francis appoints Bishop Holley to lead Diocese of Memphis
Pope Francis has appointed Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley to become the new bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, and the pope has accepted the resignation of Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib, 76, from pastoral governance of the diocese. The Vatican announced the appointment on Aug. 23.
Bishop Holley will be installed as the fifth bishop of Memphis at the Cook Convention Center on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.
Olympic champion Katie Ledecky arrives at Dulles Airport to cheering crowd
After winning five medals – four gold and one silver – at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, swimming champion Katie Ledecky is taking everything one step at a time, which led her right into the arms of friends waiting to greet her as she walked into the baggage claim of Dulles International Airport after arriving home to the Washington area on Aug. 17.
Take risks, say ‘yes’ to Jesus, pope tells young people
Take risks and do not let life’s obstacles get in the way of encountering the true joy and life that Jesus can give, Pope Francis told more than 1 million young people at the closing Mass July 31 for World Youth Day.
Kraków in Capital festival brings World Youth Day to Washington
World Youth Day came to Washington on July 30, as about 1,300 young adults gathered on the campus of The Catholic University of America for the Kraków in the Capital festival held to coincide with Pope Francis’s celebration of World Youth Day in Poland with more than one million pilgrims from around the world.
Youthful face of mercy can change the world, pope tells young people
A young person who is touched by Christ is "capable of truly great things," the pope told thousands of young men and women July 28 at the welcoming ceremony of World Youth Day in Krakow.
At World Youth Day welcome, Pope Francis tells pilgrims to launch adventure of mercy
Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Washington were among the estimated 1 million young people who gathered in Kraków’s Blonia Park July 28 to officially welcome Pope Francis to World Youth Day.
Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky says her Catholic faith helps her ‘put things in perspective’
Four years ago, Katie Ledecky burst onto the Olympic stage when she was just 15 years old, winning a gold medal in the women’s 800-meter freestyle.
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