Cardinal Wuerl to Celebrate Mass for Peace

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Will Also Host Interfaith Service for Peace

WASHINGTON – Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for peace and stand in prayerful solidarity with the Christians of Iraq.

Mass for Peace
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
12:10 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

Following the Mass, Cardinal Wuerl will host an interfaith service for peace.

Interfaith Service for Peace
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
3 p.m.
St. John Paul II National Shrine
3900 Harewood Road N.E.
Washington, DC 20017

At the request of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, local Catholics will join a national day of prayer for peace in Iraq on Aug. 17 in parishes throughout the archdiocese.

Catholics across the United States are supporting the work of Catholic Relief Services, which is working with Caritas – the Vatican-based umbrella organization for Catholic relief, development and social service organizations – to provide humanitarian relief to thousands of displaced Iraqi families, including emergency food, water and bedding as well as planning in the longer term for resettlement needs of families and educational programs for children.

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. It is celebrated annually on Aug. 15 and is a Holy Day of Obligation.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 95 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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