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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Court's death penalty vote will impact current stayed executions
How the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case examining whether a mentally ill criminal defendant is entitled to defense by an independent mental health expert will have an immediate impact.
With public apology at liturgy and by renaming buildings, Georgetown confronts its slavery past
At a liturgy and ceremony on April 18 at Georgetown University, that institution’s historic ties to slavery gained a name, and was represented by many faces – more than 115 descendants of all ages who came from across the country.
Portuguese businessman sends free Fatima statues throughout world
Jose Camara, a retired Portuguese businessman, has donated more than 1,000 of the statues, handmade in Fatima, to parishes around the world since January 2013. He even covers the cost of transport, including to South Africa, Madagascar, Australia and the United States.
Vatican says it would welcome visit by Trump
If U.S. President Donald Trump requests a meeting with Pope Francis in May, the Vatican will try to make it work, a top Vatican official said. "Pope Francis always is willing to welcome heads of state who ask."
Supreme Court seems to lean toward church in Lutheran playground case
Supreme Court justices seemed to side with the church in a separation of church and state case argued April 19 about a Missouri Lutheran preschool barred from receiving state funds for playground resurfacing using recycled tires because it is a church property.
At Easter, Catholics urged to welcome God's love, share with others
The faithful may feel unworthy of Christ's love because he "paid so high a price for our salvation," but "let us not be afraid," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil ‘mother of all vigils’ for a reason
The Roman Missal, which spells out specifics of how the vigil is to be celebrated, describes it as the “mother of all vigils” and says it is the “greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single church.”
Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, lifelong Catholic, dies at 84
Dan Rooney, a beloved Pittsburgh icon as longtime chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, died April 13 at age 84 after a brief illness.
Before Good Friday liturgy, Father James Martin reflects on the ‘seven last words’ of Christ
Prior to the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, Jesuit Father James Martin led an hour of reflection on the “seven last words” of Jesus.
Statement of Cardinal Wuerl on the death of Ambassador Dan Rooney
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, released the following statement on April 13 on the death of Ambassador Dan Rooney.
Maryland lawmakers approve scholarship funding and sick leave for workers, do not pass assisted suicide
The 2017 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly concluded on April 10, after taking action on several issues of importance to Catholics in Maryland. Here is a roundup of the highlights from the session.
Leaders of Washington faith communities issue statement in support of the persecuted Coptic Christians in Egypt
The following letter, signed April 11 by leaders of the Washington area faith community and the Interfaith Conference of Washington, was sent to the Washington area Coptic Churches and priests.
Egypt’s attacks won’t stop pope’s visit for peace, says Vatican official
Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt’s minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt scheduled for later this month.
Roof of St. Aloysius damaged in severe storms
During the severe thunderstorms that traveled through the Washington area on April 6, a portion of the roof on St. Aloysius Church, which is attached to Gonzaga College High School in Washington, was blown away.
Maryland March for Life draws hundreds of people to state capital in support of life
Despite being rescheduled due to snow, more than 600 people attended the annual Maryland March for Life on April 3.
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