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South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, archbishop of Durban, will present “Pax et Bonum — A Pious Greeting or a Life-Changing Challenge: The Challenge of Reconciliation in Southern Africa” at Catholic University in Washington, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Cardinal Napier will deliver the annual Cardinal Dearden lecture in Catholic U.’s Caldwell Auditorium Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. Hosted by the School of Theology and Religious Studies, the lecture was established in 1982 to honor the late archbishop of Detroit who was known for his dedication to promulgating the teachings of Vatican II in the United States.

Cardinal Napier was appointed archbishop of Duban in 1992 and was elevated to cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. During political unrest in South Africa, Cardinal Napier was involved in the negotiation with national and church leaders and was present for the signing of the Peace Accord in 1991 and the subsequent 1994 elections. He is known for his active participation on the pontifical council for health care workers and is co-president of the Ordinary Synod on the Family.

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Contact the School of Theology and Religious Studies at 202/319-5683.

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Inspired by the papacy of Pope John Paul II, the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary work together as a religious family to care for the families of Queen of Apostles parish and bear witness to the gift of consecrated life.

Read more about the Disciples at the links below.

Priests for the family.

Religious orders to staff two parishes.

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Janis Clarke, a singing evangelist from the Archdiocese of Washington, talks about the new music ministry she is bringing to the Virginia and DC areas for the Year of Mercy.

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More than 150 children in kindergarten and first-grade at St. Mary School in Alexandria sing christmas music during the school''s annual Christmas play. This year's event focused on the three wise men who presented the child Jesus with gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh.

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As 2015 draws to a close, it's worth taking a look back over the past year.

Here are the most-read stories published in 2015 on catholicherald.com:

1. Sacred Heart parishioners killed in French Alps plane crash

Yvonne Selke and her daughter, Emily, parishioners of Sacred Heart Church in Manassas, were two of the three Americans killed in the Airbus jet that crashed March 24 in the French Alps.

2. Clergy assignments

Bishop Paul S. Loverde issued a number of new assignments for clergy in June.

3. Paul VI Catholic High School to relocate to South Riding

The projected opening of Paul VI’s new Loudoun County campus in 2020 will ensure the high school has a facility that fits its needs and strengthens the school’s legacy of excellence.

4. A father's voice

Elizabeth Foss: "Criticism stings, especially for those of us who are tenderhearted and who pour out ourselves for families and friends."

5. Finding light in the darkness

Offer hospitality without a side of sin. Offer gracious hospitality. Offer grace-filled hospitality.

Check the Dec. 24 print edition of the Catholic Herald to see a photo timeline of special moments in the Arlington Diocese this year.   More

In 1970, Vatican II reintroduced the Rite of Consecrated Virgins Living in the World into Canon Law. It is the most ancient Rite for women in the Catholic Church. Women who pursue this way of life devote themselves to the service of the church while also working to support themselves and their ministries. They are obedient to the Bishop who meets with them at least once a year. The diocese of Arlington recently adopted a formation process for Consecrated Virgins in February of 2014.

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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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Read more about the sisters in the Catholic Herald at the following links:

St. Paul's mission with new media

Daughters of St. Paul celebrate 100 years

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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 feedback@catholicherald.com. Be sure to include your name and contact information in case we have questions.

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.

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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.   More

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

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-coverage-Pope-Francis

Pope Francis at the White House

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-Coverage-Visit-to-the

Pope Francis' papal parade in Washington

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-Coverage-Papal-Parade

Pope Francis at St. Matthew's Cathedral

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-Coverage-St-Matthews

Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine

of the Immaculate Conception

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-Coverage-Canonization

Address to Congress

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-Coverage-Visit-and

Catholic Charities and St. Patrick's Church

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-Coverage-Catholic

Departure from Washington to New York

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-Coverage-Departure-Joint

Philadelphia & World Meeting of Families

https://catholicherald.smugmug.com/Papal-Coverage-Philadelphia-PA

 

 

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