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Monday, April 6, 2020
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  • 10 lessons from Tim Russert’s life for journalists in Catholic press
    The opening dinner of the 2015 Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo included a tribute to Tim Russert, the late NBC journalist, devout Catholic and proud son of Buffalo. Here are 10 lessons from Tim Russert’s life for journalists in the Catholic press.
  • ‘Heart of the Church’
    This week’s cover story of the Catholic Standard by reporter Zoey Di Mauro and photographer Jaclyn Lippelmann on pages 10-11 offers an in-depth look at a special day in the life of four local religious congregations, as they held open houses on Sunday Feb. 8 as part of the Catholic Church’s Year of Consecrated Life.
  • One day, around the mid-1970s, Tom Sullivan came home and picked up the Washington Star, and was captivated by a photo of nuns playing soccer with boys in South Korea, and then he was even more captivated by the newspaper’s article that told the story of a Washington-born priest, Father Aloysius Schwartz, who founded a religious order, the Sisters of Mary, to help him serve orphans and street children in the slums of Busan, Korea’s second largest city. The priest and sisters established Boystown and Girlstown schools, providing an education and hope for the future to thousands of poor children.
  • For the past 25 years, Msgr. Michael Fisher –who serves as the Archdiocese of Washington’s Vicar for Clergy and Secretary for Ministerial Leadership – has “rung in” the new year in a special way. At the stroke of midnight marking the new year, he elevates the Eucharist at a Mass he celebrates for the Carmelite nuns at Port Tobacco in Charles County.
  • Pope Francis's Aug. 14-18 visit to South Korea is a cause for great joy, not only among the 5.4 million Catholics there, but for Korean Catholics in the Washington area.
  • As the longtime editor of the Catholic Standard, Tom Rowan had an unusual battle cry. On deadline days, he would walk through the newsroom to his office, muttering in mock exasperation, "There's no hope!" When he retired in 1991, we joked that his nearly 40 years working for the Archdiocese of Washington approximated the amount of time that the Israelites spent wandering lost in the desert before finding the Promised Land.
  • This Pentecost Sunday June 8, our Archdiocese of Washington will have an "upper room" experience, as we tangibly experience the Holy Spirit - not with tongues of fire or wind, as the Apostles did at the first Pentecost, but with Cardinal Wuerl convoking the final session of the Synod of the Archdiocese of Washington, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
  • (The following is the text of a talk given April 27 by Zimmermann, the editor of the Catholic Standard newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington, to the Sodality at St. Mary's Parish in Landover Hills, Md.)
  • A certain magic surrounds the name "Grandpa Joe" for anyone who has read Roald Dahl's classic children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" or who has seen one of the Willy Wonka movies inspired by it. In that story, a young boy named Charlie unwraps a candy bar to find one of the prized golden tickets, enabling the winner to tour the magical and mysterious chocolate factory. His Grandpa Joe, a sprightly old fellow, springs out of bed, dances a happy jig and accompanies Charlie on a wondrous adventure.
  • Three days after his election, Pope Francis held a special audience at the Vatican for 5,000 journalists. He explained how he had chosen his name. Just after he had received the necessary votes to become the new pope, a cardinal friend reminded him, "Don't forget the poor."
  • One of my favorite Saturday Night Live characters over the years was "Mr. Bill," a little guy sculpted out of Play-Doh who was famous for yelling, "Ohh noooo!" when his nemesis, Sluggo, ran over him with a steamroller or dropped him off the roof of a building. No matter what happened to Mr. Bill, he was still smiling and happy in time for the next episode.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
    My wife and I took an unforgettable walk together earlier this fall, on a late September pilgrimage to Mexico City. Along with pilgrims from around the world, we climbed up Tepeyac Hill, where the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531. Walking past gardens of roses, cactus plants and waterfalls, we reached the summit, and looked out over the hazy skyline of Mexico City. Below us were the modern Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, completed in 1976, beside the original basilica that was begun in 1531 and completed in 1709. On the plaza, thousands of pilgrims streamed into the new basilica.
  • Fifty years ago, on Nov. 25, 1963, a worldwide audience watched the Pontifical Requiem Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew for President John F. Kennedy.
  • The March on Washington 50 years ago will forever be remembered for the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it is also worth remembering that the march's invocation was delivered by Washington Archbishop Patrick O'Boyle, who not only stood with Dr. King that day, but dedicated his life to seeking justice for all people.
  • A homeless man named James, waiting in line with about 150 men and women to receive a warm meal outside the headquarters of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington on May 15, noted that the building was right across from the District of Columbia's Martin Luther King Jr. Library, a link between a place of faith and a place named for a champion of civil rights and justice.
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