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This week's Year of Consecrated life video features The Daughters of Saint Paul in Alexandria, Virginia. The sisters were founded in 1915 by Blessed James Alberione, an Italian priest. He gave them the mission to be Saint Paul in the world of today. They do that by using all kinds of media to spread the Gospel. The Daughters of Saint Paul are now in over 52 countries globally. Today six sisters live in Alexandria, Virginia where they operate a Pauline Books and Media center on King Street. Visitors to their store are welcome to take a few prayerful moments with Jesus in their chapel located above the store. When they are not helping customers in their store, the sisters travel around the diocese and surrounding dioceses giving talks, attending conferences and putting on book fairs at local schools.
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St. Paul's mission with new media
Daughters of St. Paul celebrate 100 years
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, it’s time for the Arlington Catholic Herald’s annual ‘Nominate a Charity’ contest.
Each year, the Catholic Herald staff picks one charity to “adopt,” supporting them not only with physical or monetary needs, but also with a feature article in our newspaper and a video posted on the website in December. This year we’re giving readers the opportunity to participate and share their blessings as well (we’ll let you know how after the charity is chosen).
Do you know of a deserving charity? Tell us what they do and why our staff should sponsor them during the Christmas season. Nominate the charity by midnight Dec. 1 by emailing email@example.com.
Afterward, don’t forget to encourage your friends to participate, too. Raise awareness by tagging your friends and your nominee on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #HeraldAngels.
Thanks for your support of the Catholic Herald and generosity during the holiday season.
The liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church is filled with feasts of the saints and commemorations of events in the life of Christ. But there are also occasional feasts that could do with a word or two of explanation. This weekend we celebrate one of those feasts: the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
In every diocese in the world, the anniversary of the dedication of their cathedral is observed as a local feast-day, usually with a Mass at the cathedral offered for the people of the diocese. Because the cathedral is the spiritual headquarters of the local church, its dedication is a special occasion.
The Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, holds a special place in the memory of the Church. St. John Lateran was first dedicated by Pope Sylvester I, in the year 324. When centuries of persecution ended with Constantine’s 313 edict granting Christians the right to publically practice their faith, St. John Lateran became the first basilica where Christians were able to worship freely in public. It is the oldest church in the West. It is the episcopal seat of the pope as the bishop of Rome.
Most people presume that St. Peter’s Basilica is the cathedral church of Rome, but that honor actually belongs to St.John Lateran.
Throughout its long history, St. John Lateran has hosted five ecumenical councils. The Baldachino over the main altar is said to contain relics of the Apostles Peter and Paul. And the nave of the church is lined with exquisite marble statues of the apostles,by the Italian master Bernini.
We have a feast day honoring the dedication of this Roman church because of the historical and spiritual importance the basilica holds for the entire Church.
Fr. Larry Rice | Posted 11/6/15 04:06 PM | Comments (0)
See the slideshow below for a sampling of photos available from our SmugMug store and available for purchase as prints, or keepsakes such as a coffee mug or tote bag.
Follow each individual link below to see photos from coverage during a specific event of the Pope's visit (White House visit, papal parade, Basilica, etc.)
Pope Francis arrives at Joint Base Andrews
Pope Francis at the White House
Pope Francis' papal parade in Washington
Pope Francis at St. Matthew's Cathedral
Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception
Address to Congress
Catholic Charities and St. Patrick's Church
Departure from Washington to New York
Philadelphia & World Meeting of Families
Posted 10/7/15 03:07 PM | Comments (0)
As the Synod of Bishops on the family begins, Catholic News Service takes a look at the Catholic Church's efforts to address modern challenges to family life.
Posted 10/6/15 10:06 AM | Comments (0)
Just off Route 7 in Berryville, a group of monks live a hidden life in prayerful service to God and the Church.
The Trappist monastery is located in the heart of the Shenandoah valley on 1200 acres of beautiful Virginia countryside. The brothers go to great pains to care for the environment while also using it to support themselves and their vocation.
Visitors are welcome to visit the brothers at the Abbey for Mass and vespers. They also encourage everyone to take advantage of the monastery retreat house and experience the rejuvenating effects of God's creation.
Read more about the monastery in the Arlington Catholic Herald.
For more information on the Holy Cross Abbey visit www.virginiatrappists.org
I covered Pope Francis’ midday prayer service Sept. 23 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington for the Arlington Catholic Herald. With other print reporters, I was sequestered off to a side chapel with an obstructed view. A little like the kid’s table at big family gatherings.
We were able to steal away periodically to grab IPhone shots of the pope, as long as we stayed within predetermined boundaries. We were there not to take photos, but to report.
After the beautiful prayer service, a Catholic editor and I got behind the 300 U.S. bishops as they left the sanctuary. We were the last to leave as ushers closed the cathedral doors.
“You can’t be here,” one said to us.
But we already were there, and the usher didn’t want to create a scene. So the editor interviewed his archbishop, and I spoke to some bishops.
We were there for maybe 10 minutes before we had to leave to get to the canonization Mass at Catholic University.
When I got home that evening, my wife said, “You were on TV.”
She explained that EWTN panned the Cathedral’s front steps from the press risers across the street. I was on for several minutes. I was easy to spot, being the only person there, along with the editor, who was not dressed in black with a sash and skull cap.
I’m considering possibilities for a reality show.
The following is the text of Pope Francis' address to the United Nations, delivered Sept. 25. It was released by Fr. Thomas Rosica.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitude. I greet the Heads of State and Heads of Government present, as well as the ambassadors, diplomats and political and technical officials accompanying them, the personnel of the United Nations engaged in this 70th Session of the General Assembly, the personnel of the various programs and agencies of the United Nations family, and all those who, in one way or another, take part in this meeting. Through you, I also greet the citizens of all the nations represented in this hall. I thank you, each and all, for your efforts in the service of mankind.
This is the fifth time that a Pope has visited the United Nations. I follow in the footsteps of my predecessors Paul VI, in 1965, John Paul II, in 1979 and 1995, and my most recent predecessor, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in 2008. All of them expressed their great esteem for the Organization, which they considered the appropriate juridical and political response to this present moment of history, marked by our technical ability to overcome distances and frontiers and, apparently, to overcome all natural limits to the exercise of power. An essential response, inasmuch as technological power, in the hands of nationalistic or falsely universalist ideologies, is capable of perpetrating tremendous atrocities. I can only reiterate the appreciation expressed by my predecessors, in reaffirming the importance which the Catholic Church attaches to this Institution and the hope which she places in its activities.
The United …
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Pope Francis gave a short talk to children at Our Lady, Queen of Angels School in Harlem Sept. 25. The text, released by Fr. Thomas Rosica, follows below.
I am very happy to be with you today, along with this big family which surrounds you. I see your teachers, your parents and your family members. Thank you for letting me come, and I ask pardon from your teachers for “stealing” a few minutes of their class time!
They tell me that one of the nice things about this school is that some of its students come from other places, even from other countries. That is nice! Even though I know that it is not easy to have to move and find a new home, new neighbors and new friends. It is not easy. At the beginning it can be hard, right? Often you have to learn a new language, adjust to a new culture, even a new climate. There is so much to learn! And not just at school.
The good thing is that we also make new friends, we meet people who open doors for us, who are kind to us. They offer us friendship and understanding, and they try to help us not to feel like strangers. To feel at home. How nice it is to feel that school is a second home. This is not only important for you, but also for your families. School then ends up being one big family. One where, together with our mothers and fathers, our grandparents, our teachers and friends, we learn to help one another, to share our good qualities, to give the best of ourselves, to work as a team and to pursue our dreams.
Very near here is a very important street named after a man who did a lot for other people. I want to talk a little bit about him. He was the Reverend Martin Luther King. One day he said, “I have a dream”. His dream was that many children, many people could have equal opportunities. His dream was that many children like you could get an education. It is beautiful to have dreams and to be able to fight for them.
Today we want to keep dreaming. We celebrate all …
Posted 9/28/15 01:28 PM | Comments (0)
Fr. Thomas Rosica released the following text from Pope Francis' address to the Meeting for Religious Liberty. The pope spoke from the Gettysburg Lectern, used by President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg Nov. 19, 1863.
One of the highlights of my visit is to stand here, before Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States of America. It was here that the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed. The Declaration of Independence stated that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that governments exist to protect and defend those rights. Those ringing words continue to inspire us today, even as they have inspired peoples throughout the world to fight for the freedom to live in accordance with their dignity.
But history also shows that these or any truths must constantly be reaffirmed, re-appropriated and defended. The history of this nation is also the tale of a constant effort, lasting to our own day, to embody those lofty principles in social and political life. We remember the great struggles which led to the abolition of slavery, the extension of voting rights, the growth of the labor movement, and the gradual effort to eliminate every kind of racism and prejudice directed at successive waves of new Americans. This shows that, when a country is determined to remain true to its founding principles, based on respect for human dignity, it is strengthened and renewed.
All of us benefit from remembering our past. A people which remembers does not repeat past errors; instead, it looks with confidence to the challenges of the present and the future. Remembrance saves a people’s soul from whatever or whoever would attempt to dominate it or use it for their interests. When individuals and communities are guaranteed the effective exercise of their rights, they are not only free to realize their potential, they also contribute to …
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