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Friday, December 14, 2018
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  • A day for All Saints, and all of us
    Each feast day of a saint, whether famous or obscure, reminds us of our universal call to holiness, that as Christians, our common goal and destiny is to unite our lives with Christ here on Earth, so we can one day be united, along with the Communion of Saints, with Christ forever in heaven.
  • A John Paul II bishop
    When Cardinal Donald Wuerl decided to name the new seminary for the Archdiocese of Washington in 2011, the natural choice for him was to name it for Pope John Paul II.
  • For new bishop, the rest is history
    Michael Fisher’s grandmother, Margarette Buckley, had a Christmas tradition for her grandchildren. She would lay out Christmas presents on a table, and the kids would draw numbers, with the lowest number picking first, and choose the present they liked that was still on the table.
  • ‘Stay-at-Home Gala’is novel fundraiser for hospital in Haiti
    Even though Pope Francis constantly encourages Catholics to “go out,” organizers of a local fundraiser are inviting people to stay in, for a good cause.
  • Sister Lucy, Tim Russert’s teacher – and ours
    On Palm Sunday, April 9, Sister Lucy died in South Buffalo.
  • In new book, priest says Catholics can find their own ‘Upper Room’ to encounter Jesus
    Places in the Bible can seem distant and remote, separated from us by thousands of miles and years. But in a new book, a Washington-area priest says Catholics, like the Apostles once did, can encounter Jesus and have their lives transformed forever in the “Upper Room,” wherever they are.
  • March for Life president finds hope in young generations marching
    Scanning the massive crowd gathered near the Washington Monument for the rally preceding the 44th annual March for Life on Jan. 27, Jeanne Mancini – the president of the March for Life – offered special thanks to the multitude of young adults, college and high school students who had come from across the country to join the march.
  • Cardinal Wuerl’s priesthood, from his family to ours
    After Pittsburgh Bishop Donald Wuerl was named as Washington’s new archbishop in 2006, I traveled to the Steel City and interviewed him at St. Paul’s Seminary there. I’ll never forget a story he told me from his boyhood, about seeing his father, who weighed freight cars for the Pennsylvania Railroad, returning home after working the night shift and kneeling by his bed to pray. That image, he said, stays with him, as he returns home late in the evening after attending meetings or presiding at parish Confirmations.
  • Greg Gannon's legacy of giving continues in canned food drive
    Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to try to carry out at least one of the Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy every day. Those simple daily acts of love, he said can bring about “a true cultural revolution.”
  • Walking with Dad
    At my Grandma Zimmermann’s dinner table, saying grace before and after the meal formed a book-end of thanks to God and remembrance of the faithful departed, which hits home for me now in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and in this month of All Souls, my first since Dad died in January.
  • Mother Teresa’s work continues with acts of love and faith
    On the night before Mother Teresa was canonized, six of her Missionaries of Charity and three volunteers headed out on their usual Saturday evening run to serve the homeless on the streets of Washington, D.C.
  • A Labor Day blessing
    Some years ago, I received an unexpected blessing at a gas station. While pumping gas, I noticed someone familiar beside a nearby car – Sister Virginie Fish, an Oblate Sister of Providence, whom I had interviewed about her work promoting the sainthood cause of Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, the foundress of a pioneer order of black sisters in Baltimore.
  • Editorial: Rays of hope, and some dark clouds, as new Catholic school year begins
    Earlier this week, just before our Catholic schools would open their doors for the new school year, about 2,000 principals, teachers and staff members gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Opening of Catholic Schools Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
  • Setting out for Kraków
    As the bus pulled up to Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac on July 24 to pick up 23 World Youth Day pilgrims on their way to Dulles Airport for their flight to Kraków, Poland, Father William Byrne was among those wishing them well on their journey.
  • For a veteran police chaplain who ministered to first responders after the 9-11 attacks on the Pentagon in 2001 and after the Washington Navy Yard shootings in 2013, this has been a heartbreaking week of sorrow and loss, following the fatal shootings of five police officers and wounding of seven others on July 7 in Dallas, preceded by the police shooting of an African-American motorist in St. Paul, Minnesota, the day before, and of another black man by police outside a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, convenience store one day before that.
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