WASHINGTON, D.C. – 5,000 Catholics came to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of Catholic University of America to celebrate the closing Mass for the “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign on the Fourth of July. Mass was highlighted by appearances from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.
Catholics came from all over to pray and to listen to the message of freedom at the event. View photos from the Mass!
Cardinal Donald Wuerl makes his entrance to the upper church.
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore addressed the crowd of 5,000.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano (right) and Archbishop Charles Chaput (left).
A woman cries during Mass.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl blesses a child during the eucharist.
Beginning of the opening procession of the liturgy.
The archbishops in the opening procession of the liturgy.
Nuns were honored at the event by Cardinal Wuerl.
Cardinal Wuerl offers up the eucharist.
A couple holds hands and prays “Our Father”.
Cardinal Wuerl administers the eucharist to a child.
Sign language was offered to the crowd.
A couple sings at the end of Mass.
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The movie, “For Greater Glory”, tells the story of the Cristero War in Mexico in the 1920s. In the movie, the Mexican President, Plutarco Calles, enforces anti-Catholic laws that forbids the Catholics from practicing their religion. Stirred by the religious oppression, Catholics known as Cristeros fight against the Mexican government to attempt to overthrow the President.
An unsuspecting leader, Gen. Enrique Gorostieta, is appointed head of the Cristeros and aims to unite the resistance, but faces many challenges put forth by President Calles, who uses brutal tactics to enforce his will. Gen. Gorostieta takes a liking to a boy named Jose Luis Sanchez, who is motivated to join the Cristeros after seeing his parish priest hung infront of him.
ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington held the monthly Christ in the City Md. event at the historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church this past Thursday. Over 60 Catholic young adults attended the event of prayerful adoration and fellowship. Christ in the City Md. is one of two holy hours held for Catholic young adults by the archdiocese.
The evening started with the Blessed Sacrament and went into a scriptural reflection by Deacon Mark Cusick of St. Gerome’s in Hyattsville, Md.
The St. Aloysius Gonzaga Roman Catholic church will end its regular mass schedule and merge its parish with Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on July 1 due to a staff shortage of Jesuit priests. Very Rev. James M. Shea, the Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, stated in a letter to the faith community, that “This was a very difficult decision and one I wish did not have to be made. This change will be painful. Unfortunately, the Province can no longer staff the parish.”
As a Roman Catholic church established by Jesuits in 1859, St. Aloysius church served the Catholic community for over 150 years. Sunday mass regularly attracts 250-300 parishioners, most from outside the neighborhood.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 24, the Celebration for Freedom attracted 2,000 Catholics to the Charles E. Smith Center on the campus of George Washington University to support the “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign. The “Fortnight for Freedom” is the U.S. bishops’ effort to defend religious liberties through prayer, advocacy, and service.
The event, organized by the Archdiocese of Washington, opened with prayer led by Archbishop Carlo Vigano. The rally was highlighted by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl’s address for freedom, and ended in benediction and adoration.
OWINGS, Md. – Catholic young adults gathered together on Saturday to celebrate religious liberties at the “Fortnight for Freedom” music and wine festival in Owings, Md. The event, held at Fridays Creek Winery, attracted 130 Catholic young adults from the areas of D.C., Va., and Md. The music and wine festival was organized by the Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington.
The U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” effort is a campaign to promote awareness of religious liberties through prayer, celebration, and service activities.
The campaign is a response to the Health and Human Services mandate that require religious employers to provide birth control to employees. The two week effort will conclude on the Fourth of July at Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Baltimore’s Archbishop William Lori opened the “Fortnight for Freedom” religious freedom campaign last Thursday during Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption in Baltimore, Md. The Mass, on the vigil of the feast day of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, was the start of the “Fortnight for Freedom” effort to celebrate religious liberties and to respond to the Health and Human Services mandate that requires employers, including Catholic institutions, to provide health insurance that includes birth control to employees.
In his homily, Archbishop Lori praised the religious acts and ultimate sacrifices of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher for refusing to sign the Act of Supremacy.
“Fisher, like More, found himself at odds with Henry the VIII and with the laws passed by the british parliament, which required him to take an oath, repudiating papal authority, acknowledging the king as head of the church” said Archbishop Lori.
OWINGS, Md. – The Fortnight for Freedom Music and Wine Festival held by the Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington featured Catholic music performers Maria Spears and Kevin Heider. Watch videos of the performances from the event.
OWINGS, Md. – Catholic young adults in the D.C., Va., and Md. areas celebrated religious freedom at the Fortnight for Freedom Summer Music and Wine Festival this past Saturday. The event was held by the Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington in support of the Fortnight for Freedom, which is a 14 day campaign to promote awareness and celebrate religious freedom. View photos of the event.
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