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Sunday, October 17, 2021
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  • Congress seeks to investigate Planned Parenthood after video shows top official may be selling fetal organs
    After the Center for Medical Progress released a video showing a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the harvest of fetal organs, members of the U.S. House of Representatives have opened an investigation into the possibility of illegal activity by Planned Parenthood.
  • Legacy of  Venerable Aloysius Schwartz lives on in Sisters of  Mary and their work
    Among the special guests attending the June 7 Mass of Thanksgiving for Venerable Aloysius Schwartz at his home church, Holy Name of Jesus in Washington, were four members of the Sisters of Mary, the religious congregation of women he started who continue his legacy of educating poor children around the world.
  • Dublin crowd
    Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the Church needs a “reality check” after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage. Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by 62 percent of the population. Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in Ireland.
  • Retired Chicago Cardinal George dies after long fight with cancer
    Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.
  • Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl and John Garvey, the president of The Catholic University of America, both issued statements on April 17 to mourn the death of Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop emeritus of Chicago.

  • Four major snowstorms in week having an impact on Boston parishes
    With record snowfall for this time of year, parishes all over the Archdiocese of Boston face more than just the issue of digging out after each storm.


  • Dozens of Assyrian Christians were abducted by Islamic State forces during a new offensive against a string of villages in northeastern Syria, aid and civil rights organizations reported.
  • U.S. Bishops urgently call for greater protection of Middle East religious minorities
    In the wake of the brutal murders of twenty one Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya, increased support to protect religious minorities and civilians should be combined with adequate humanitarian assistance and other assets, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace.

  • ‘Jack’ Willke, Catholic doctor and longtime pro-life advocate, dies at 89
    Dr. John “Jack” Willke, an obstetrician and a former president of the National Right to Life Committee who is credited with helping shape the pro-life movement, died Feb. 20 at his home in Cincinnati. He was 89.
  • Bishop Knestout joins the ‘Pope’s Rabbi’ for interfaith dialogue in Washington
    In 1963, two years into the Second Vatican Council, a second-grade teacher at a Catholic school walked into her classroom and made an announcement to her students. “Children, for the rest of your lives you are going to hear sometimes people say bad things about the Jews, specifically that the Jews killed Christ,” she told them. “This comes directly from Rome: it was never true, it’s not true now, and if you ever hear this in your lives, you are to dispute it and argue against it.”
  • The Ray Rice case, and domestic violence in our homes

    As many of you know, I truly love sports. I play tennis regularly, early in the morning and sometimes even three times a week. I love to watch our local teams.  You might call me a “homer”.  If the Redskins, Nats, Caps or Wizards are playing, I can usually update you the next day on who won and the highlights of the game.  That is why the stories about the NFL, Ray Rice and his wife and the tragic and very public instance of domestic violence have caught not only my attention, but that of the whole country.

  • Middle Eastern patriarchs at summit seek resolution to crisis
    United in the suffering of their people, five Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East participated in a panel discussion at a first-of-its-kind summit meeting in Washington on Sept. 11 and offered insights on what needs to be done to ensure the survival and future of Christianity in the Holy Land.

    The patriarchs encouraged the world's Christians, and all people of good will, to stand in solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East, who have been enduring persecution and atrocities in the wake of rampaging Islamic State militants in northern Iraq and in Syria.
  • Not only Christians, but all people of good will should stand in solidarity with the suffering Christians of the Middle East, speakers said at the In Defense of Christians Inaugural Summit in Washington Sept. 9-11.

    "We can be passive bystanders or active participants with this great effort to bring to the minds, eyes and hearts of everyone what is happening in the Middle East," said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, in welcoming participants to the gathering on Sept. 10 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. 
  • Speaking at the recent In Defense of Christians summit in Washington, author Eric Metaxas compared the world's silence regarding the plight of suffering Christians in the Middle East, to the silence of the German people during the Holocaust. Metaxas is the author of a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran pastor who spoke out against the Nazi genocide of Jews and was executed in a concentration camp in 1945. Bonhoeffer, who wrote the spiritual classic The Cost of Discipleship, said, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil."
  • Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance.
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