Posts Tagged ‘World Youth Day’

World Youth Day Pilgrims Leave Mark along the Digital Highways

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

This past the week, our eyes were focused on Kraków as Pope Francis joined a reported more than one million young Catholics gathered for World Youth Day. United through prayer, some 1,300 young adults added to that number at Kraków in the Capital, a stateside World Youth Day celebration here in Washington, D.C. Countless more […] [Read more]

The Gift of Universality

Friday, July 29th, 2016

When you ask what is memorable about an international World Youth Day gathering, young Catholics often mention the universality of the Church. There are the sights and sounds of the colorful displays of so many different national flags, so many different languages and the presence of peers of every race and color, all gathered together […] [Read more]

World Youth Day Comes Home

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Today Pope Francis offered a welcome to young adult pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day (WYD) in Kraków – the city that is known as the spiritual and cultural capital of Poland, and the place where Saint John Paul II was a student, priest and archbishop. In a certain sense, this is something of a […] [Read more]

World Youth Day: Blessed Are The Merciful, For They Shall Obtain Mercy

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

World Youth Day 2016 begins today. If you are not present for the festivities there in Kraków, Poland, or are not participating locally in Kraków in the Capital on Saturday, July 30, I would nevertheless strongly encourage you to follow the events each day whatever your age. Pray along with Pope Francis and the millions […] [Read more]

World Youth Day Voices for Peace

Monday, July 25th, 2016

World Youth Day 2016 begins tomorrow, but many young pilgrims from around the world are already there in Kraków, including groups from the Archdiocese of Washington and also a special contingent from Iraq. In solidarity with our sisters and brothers from that land where the Church is suffering deadly persecution, and with all others who […] [Read more]

Finding the True Source of Happiness: A Novena on the Beatitudes

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Next week the Church Universal will celebrate the gift of our young people to our family of faith and the whole world as pilgrims begin to gather for World Youth Day in Kraków and here locally at “Kraków in the Capital” on the campus of The Catholic University of America. This is a special time […] [Read more]

Kraków in the Capital

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

One indicator of the vitality of a parish church is the presence of young people who are active in the worship life of the community and in parish activities. As our Archdiocesan Synod identified, this indicator is of particular importance in the Church of Washington because of the presence of so many young people studying […] [Read more]

Keeping the Faith on Campus

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

As Archbishop, I am blessed to make pastoral visits and celebrate the Eucharist at our parishes and Catholic schools, and also see firsthand the impact of our other institutions that reflect Christ’s love to this community through our charitable, health care and educational outreach. Today I will be visiting the Catholic Student Center at the […] [Read more]

The Church Celebrates the First Anniversary of Pope Francis

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It has been a year since the white smoke appeared from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, and what a year it has been.  Inside the conclave moments earlier there had been intense silence and prayer as the cardinals opened their hearts to the Holy Spirit.  Now, outside was a frenzy of excitement in a […] [Read more]

A Message for Our Young People

Friday, October 25th, 2013

One of my great joys is meeting so many young people who are excited about their faith.  As we continue to reflect on our faith and its role in our lives during this Year of Faith, I’d like to address in a particular way younger readers who may wonder how they can be evangelizers and […] [Read more]