Archive for September, 2015

Papal Visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2008

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

As we prepare to host Pope Francis as he comes to the United States later this month, the exhilarating visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 still remains in our memories as a moment of grace for the Church of Washington and for our nation. The theme of Pope Benedict’s apostolic journey to the United […] [Read more]

Our Gift to Mary on the Feast of Her Nativity

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Tomorrow is an unusual observance in the life of the Church. We celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Why is this unusual? After all, it seems absolutely natural to celebrate a birthday, in fact, some might say it would be unusual not to celebrate the birthday of a beloved family member or friend. […] [Read more]

Papal Visit of Saint John Paul II in 1979

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the nation’s capital will mark the third time the Archdiocese of Washington has been honored to host our Chief Shepherd, following the visit of Saint John Paul II in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI seven years ago in 2008. In October 1979, just one year after becoming pope, […] [Read more]

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

“Praise be to you, my Lord.” With these prayerful words, Pope Francis begins his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, which he concludes also with prayer. Now our Holy Father has instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation to be celebrated annually on September 1 in conjunction with the custom of the Orthodox […] [Read more]