News & Announcements

Pope Francis Accepts Cardinal Wuerl's Resignation

In a letter dated October 12, 2018, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and asked him to remain as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until the appointment of his successor. See the links below for the text of Pope Francis' letter to the Cardinal, Cardinal Wuerl's statement in response to the Pope's letter, and a letter from Cardinal Wuerl to the faithful of the Church of Washington.
     - Pope Francis' Letter to Cardinal Wuerl 
     - Cardinal Wuerl's Statement on the Holy Father's acceptance of his resignation
     - Cardinal Wuerl's Letter to the Faithful

Pope Francis Calls for Solidarity and Penance

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26)

Pope Francis calls us to solidarity with the victims, and prayer and penance in the face of "the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons." View the full text of the letter. (Photo credit: Vatican News)

Recent Statements by Cardinal Wuerl in the Wake of the McCarrick Matter

The Catholic Standard on July 31, 2018 posted an article that includes the text of an interview with Cardinal Wuerl subtitled Cardinal Wuerl reflects on next steps in wake of allegations against former archbishop.Read the article (click here for English) (hacer clic aquí para leer en español). On August 3, 2018, Cardinal Wuerl issued a Pastoral Reflection entitled Episcopal Support as Pope Carries Out Reform.Read the reflection (click here for English) (hacer clic aquí para leer en español). 

Great Organ Completion

The final phase of work on the Cathedral Great Organ is beginning! Note the new interim organ console that appeared in early June as the dismantling and completion work on our 23-year old instrument is undertaken by the original builder, Lively-Fulcher Organbuilders.

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