Posts Tagged ‘Pray for Peace’

The Need for Healing in the Face of Hate

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Yesterday, the peace of a summer day was again shattered by hate and acrimony which inevitably turned violent, leading to the tragic death of a young woman and serious injuries to many more, as well as the deaths of two state troopers whose helicopter accidentally crashed while assisting in law enforcement efforts.  The scenes captured […] [Read more]

Turning to the Lord in Prayer for our Sisters and Brothers in Egypt

Friday, May 26th, 2017

The news of the latest attack on Christians in Egypt is still breaking, but this much we know: At least two dozen Coptic Christian men, women and children were killed and dozens more wounded today when a team of gunmen opened fire on their bus which was on the way to a monastery. This follows […] [Read more]

Statement from Cardinal Donald Wuerl Regarding Church Bombings in Egypt

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

At the conclusion of Palm Sunday Mass today at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., I released the following statement in response to the attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt: It’s the belief of the Church, it’s the faith of the Church, that because of the Communion we have received and […] [Read more]

National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The word pontiff comes from the Latin word pontifex, meaning bridge builder. During his historic address to Congress last year, Pope Francis was just that, encouraging our political leaders to work together for the common good of all Americans. In his talk, he emphasized that our response to division and strife in our communities must […] [Read more]

Working to Preserve Christianity in the Middle East

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Six months after the United States officially acknowledged that ISIS is perpetrating genocide against Christians and other religious groups with an aim toward eradicating them from the Middle East, how does the situation fare? Despite official claims of degradation of Islamic State forces due to military strikes against their strongholds, life has not improved for […] [Read more]

“If One Part Suffers, Every Part Suffers With It”

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

As with so many others across this nation, our hearts go out to the families of the law enforcement officers in Dallas who gave their lives for something greater than themselves. I have had the privilege of celebrating the Blue Mass here in our nation’s capital for law enforcement officers, fire fighters, first responders, and […] [Read more]

The Love of Jesus Christ Prevails over Evil and Death

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

It was with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the horrific violence that occurred in Orlando, Florida. Joined together in the Lord, recalling the promises of Christ, our first response is to think of those who have lost their lives in Orlando, and to pray that our heavenly Father now welcome them into […] [Read more]

Pray for the Holy Church of God

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

As we prepare ourselves for the sacred Paschal Triduum that begins tomorrow, culminating in the triumph of Easter, we follow the way of the cross that was traveled by Jesus two millennia ago and has continued to be traveled by his body in the world today, the Church.  The Church does not only meditate and […] [Read more]

The Inspiration of Saints Perpetua and Felicity

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Martyrdom has been and remains an ongoing story for those who follow Jesus Christ. For proof, we need look no farther than today’s feast day for Saints Perpetua and Felicity and today’s headlines about the massacre of Missionaries of Charity at a home for the elderly in Yemen and other acts of violence against Christians […] [Read more]

The San Bernardino Shootings

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

News of another violent attack on innocent people, this time leaving 14 people dead and another 17 injured in San Bernardino, California, strikes again at the hearts of us all. Soon after the shootings, Bishop Gerald Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino issued a statement, saying, “Please join me in praying for all of […] [Read more]