Pope Francis Should Feel Right at “Rome” in Northeast DC

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A National Historic Monument, the Church and Monastery at Mount St. Sepulchre are located in Washington, DC. [Photo by MamaGeek, CC-BY-SA-3.0]

A basilica; a major Catholic university; several religious houses, shrines, and monasteries; and the headquarters of Church bureaucracy.

It sounds like the features of a neighborhood in the Holy City, but it’s actually one in Washington. In fact, the concentration of all things Catholic has earned this area of Northeast DC the affectionate nickname of “Little Rome.”

Pope Francis celebrated Mass earlier today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a massive, distinctive-looking church that combines elements of Byzantine and Romanesque architecture. The basilica, which was finished in 1959, is the largest church in America, and includes numerable side chapels...READ MORE

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Yogi Berra: 14 World Series, 3 MVPs, and 65 Years of Marriage

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Yogi Berra 1953 Bowman baseball card

In the world of professional sports these days, a long-term marriage is a cause for celebration.  American baseball icon Yogi Berra, who passed away on Tuesday, was married 65 years to his sweetheart Carmen.

Born Lawrence Peter to Italian immigrants in St. Louis, Missouri, Berra dropped out of school after eighth grade. He started playing baseball in the local American Legion teams and was quickly noted for his talent.  However he could never have imagined that he would go on to play in 14 World Series and win 10 championships and earn 3 MVP awards, among others.

In 1948 Yogi met waitress Carmen Short at a restaurant in St. Louis.  They quickly fell in love, married and moved to New...READ MORE

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At St. Matthew's, Francis Sounds Like Benedict XVI, Looks Like John Paul II

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Pope Francis meets with U.S. Bishops in St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on September 23, 2015. (Alan Holdren/CNA)

Setting off from the White House where he met with President Obama and the First Lady, Pope Francis continued on his first visit to the United States, meeting with US bishops at the Archdiocese of Washington’s cathedral.

As he entered St. Matthew’s cathedral, many braced for a stormy confrontation between a pope and an episcopate that the secular news media has sought to pit against each other. But the first moments of the visit forecasted a storm of a different kind.

Alongside Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Pope Francis prayed reverently before the Blessed Sacrament, the great foundation of the Church’s unity. Then, and only then, did he continue in his procession toward the altar...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Pilgrims Paint a Record-Setting Mural

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World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 has set a record for the largest WMOF ever and for being the first one ever to take place in the United States.

It’s about to set another record – for the most people to contribute to a single mural.

The greatest number to day is 2263, Project Manager Cathy Harris feels certain that the record will be beat by the end of WMOF.

The mural is a project of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and intended for the Ponte Nuova Restoration Project, a renovation and expansion of St. Malachy School, an inner city elementary school.

The paint cans got rolling, you might say, in August 2014 when WMOF organizers contracted Cezar Viveros for the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sarah: ‘Mercy Has a Name: Jesus Christ’

‘The world today needs saints with heroic witness,’ the African cardinal reminded World Meeting of Families attendees, starting with families.

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African Cardinal Robert Sarah addressed the World Meeting of Families this morning, discussing “The Light of the Family in a Dark World.”

“God is a family,” he reminded attendees.

“The relationship with God and our fellow human beings is called to reflect the very life of the Trinity.”

In contrast, he said, “The heart of the devil’s lie is this: ‘God wants to limit you. He does not want to see your life fulfilled. So fulfill yourself as you decide is best.’”

The cardinal then talked about how that is the beginning of losing meaning in life: how Cain murdered his brother Abel; how violence spirals out of control; how, down to our age, we see addiction, abortion, religious persecution and...READ MORE

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Msgr. Pope's Parishioners Greet Pope Francis at Andrews

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Troy Hill, Shirley Austin and children from Holy Comforter - St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Washington ready to greet Pope Francis on his first steps onto United States soil. (Photos courtesy of Shirley Austin)

“There was a lot of jubilation!’ Troy Hill told me as we talked about the reactions of people welcoming Francis as he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base for his Washington visit.

Young adult Hill and chaperone Shirley Austin were with the children from Holy Comforter - Saint Cyprian Catholic Church in Washington where Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor and Hill was baptized. They had a ringside seat right near where Pope Francis was greeted by President and First Lady Obama.

“It was a surreal feeling,” Hill said still jubilant the morning after. “Not a lot of people can say they were that close to the leader of the Catholic Church and someone who we look up to in the Catholic faith. I could...READ MORE

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Between Pope and President, a Disconnect on Religious Freedom

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Pope Francis, in his first message on U.S. soil, introduced several subjects during his speech at the White House welcome ceremony:

  • Immigration reform,
  • "Support [for the] institutions of marriage and the family at a critical moment in the history of our civilization," 
  • "Fidelity to the nation's founding principles," including the defense of religious liberty "from everything that would threaten or compromise it."
  • "Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation." 

We can depend on the media to keep immigration reform and climate change front and center. Indeed, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both posted headlines that narrowed the...READ MORE

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Seen in Philly: The Lego Vatican

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"The Art of the Brick" is seen next to a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis (Photo by Tom McDonald)

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia has two special exhibits running while the World Meeting of Families is taking place. One is the impressive “Vatican Splendors” collection of treasures, while the other is a wonderful display of Lego art by Nathan Sawaya, called “The Art of the Brick.” Put them together in you-got-your-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter style, and you get … the Lego Vatican!

Father Bob Simon, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow, Pa., in the Diocese of Scranton, started work on a scale model of St. Peter’s Square about 10 months ago, in anticipation of the Pope’s arrival. The specifications of the finished work are impressive. It weighs 100 pounds, measures...READ MORE

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