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Sunday, October 17, 2021
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  • Pope Francis canonizes Junípero Serra,  says faith is alive only when shared
    Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junípero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person’s faith is alive only when it is shared.
  • Archdiocese of Washington announces parade route for Pope Francis in Washington

    On Sept. 23, after meeting with President Obama at the White House, Pope Francis will drive a parade route between the Ellipse and a portion of the National Mall in the Popemobile. This will be an opportunity for the estimated tens of thousands of people expected to gather in Washington to see the Holy Father while he is visiting the nation’s capital, September 22-24.

  • Catholic University marks papal visit with ‘Serve with Francis Day’
    Students at The Catholic University of America answered the Holy Father’s call to serve during a large-scale “Serve with Francis Day” held on Sept. 13 at locations all around the Washington area.  “It was amazing, just to see 600 students, alumni, faculty and even some of their children [participate]. Not everyone could even fit in Caldwell Auditorium,” said junior Veronica McCarthy. “I thought it was so wonderful everyone coming together in the spirit of welcoming Pope Francis.”
  • Archdiocesan YouTube channel to air creative videos promoting papal visit
    For her submission to the Archdiocese of Washington’s YouServe video contests, a woman from Columbus, Ohio, decided to complete all seven of the corporal works of mercy in one month: giving drink to the thirsty by passing out water at a charity run, caring for the sick by making her mom food when she caught a virus, and caring the homeless by volunteering at a shelter, among others. 
  • Outreach center bears name and spirit of Pope Francis
    Volunteers and staff of the Pope Francis Outreach Center in Southeast Washington say they hope the upcoming visit to Washington of its namesake will help the faithful better know and love the poor.
  • Papal Mass Choir sings together for the first time
    An opera singer, a Benedictine monk, a college student and a health policy adviser are just four members of the 90-voice choir that rehearsed for the first time at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Hyattsville on Aug. 24.
  • Office coordinates efforts at keeping children safe
    With a stringent written Child Protection Policy, a Child Protection Advisory Board that reports directly to Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and extensive training for adults in how to protect children, the Archdiocese of Washington “is constantly at work to make sure our children are safe,” said the Archdiocese of Washington’s director of Child and Youth Protection.
  • Papal Mass Gospel choir members want to help faithful praise God through music
    Seventy-eight-year-old Ruby Robertson and Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish music director Kenneth Louis have been singing together since the early 1970s. So when Louis was asked to lead the Gospel choir for the Sept.23 papal Mass in Washington, Robertson said knew she had to be a part of it.
  • At Vigil Mass, Cardinal Baum recalled as ‘a true pastor and shepherd of souls’

    At a July 30 Vigil Mass for Cardinal William Wakefield Baum at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the late archbishop emeritus of Washington was remembered as a man who was at home in that cathedral, and who made others feel at home in the Catholic Church.

  • Cardinal Baum remembered for always responding to God’s call
    One week after his death, Cardinal William Wakefield Baum – the soft-spoken churchman known as “the gentle cardinal” – came home to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in downtown Washington, where two days of prayer and public mourning culminated in his July 31 Mass of Christian Burial at the cathedral where he had presided as the archbishop of Washington from 1973-80.
  • Harvest from the Franciscan Monastery brings fresh produce to DC Central Kitchen
    Behind the tall, Byzantine-style Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulchre, past the rose garden, colonnade, and the many replicas of Holy Land shrines, the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington is home to a half an acre of ripening vegetables. On July 16, members of the monastery’s all-volunteer garden guild teamed up with around a dozen volunteers from DC Central Kitchen to harvest the fresh, local produce for the hungry of the city.
  • Cardinal Baum, longest serving U.S. cardinal, witnessed and made history
    Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980 who served as a cardinal for 39 years – the longest such tenure in U.S. Church history – died July 23 after a long illness. He was 88 years old.
  • ‘Walk with Francis’ service pledge drive launched in honor of papal visit
    In anticipation of Pope Francis’s September visit to Washington, the Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Charities have launched an effort that challenges members of the local community to reach out to those in need. 
  • New faith in the New World
    St. Mary’s of Piscataway Parish in Clinton marked its 375th anniversary July 5 with a Mass, dedication of a cemetery for unborn children and a Native American festival highlighting the founding of the Catholic community in what is now southern Prince George’s County.
  • Archdiocese of Washington sponsors ‘YouServe’ video contest for papal visit
    What attracts people to Pope Francis, noted the Archdiocese of Washington’s director of multimedia production, Christopher Baker, is that he’s not afraid to go out and be with people, to touch those most in need. “A lot of it is just what Jesus did,” said Baker. “What Jesus said to do in the gospels, [the pope is] showing us to do it.”
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