- Dec 10, 2019
The new Bishop of Memphis, Martin D. Holley, named to the job by Pope Francis on Tuesday, is a former auxiliary bishop in Washington, D.C., under Cardinal Donald Wuerl, with a track record of pastoral service and advocacy on behalf of minority communities.
A producer of the latest “Ben Hur” remake, which opens today, says, “My faith is important to me as a Catholic and I feel that the values in this film are important and valuable .. in a world that’s uncertain, with fear and confusion, the central themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are needed now more than ever.”
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, who was born in Ireland and who spent much of his priestly career in Washington, D.C., has been named by Pope Francis to take over the Vatican’s newly created mega-department on laity, family and life issues.
In an interview on the 10th anniversary of his appointment as the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl says most people seem enthused by Pope Francis, warns against “secular hegemony” and “silence” on anti-Christian persecution, and says priests are grateful for the pope’s approach on the family.
On July 30, an all-day youth festival at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will bring a taste of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, to the capital, with catechesis talks, prayers in different languages, Stations of the Cross, a Vigil Mass, a concert, and even pierogies and kielbasa.
By naming Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago to the Vatican’s all-important Congregation for Bishops, Pope Francis effectively has positioned him, in tandem with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., to be the American “kingmakers” on this pope’s watch.