Pope Francis departs for Iraq (Vatican News) The Pope’s apostolic journey to Iraq concludes on March 8. Before his journey, Pope Francis prayed before the icon of Mary, Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. The US bishops’ conference called for prayer and solidarity, and encouraged the faithful to consider supporting CNEWA and Catholic Relief Services.
Washington archdiocese allocates $2M for Cardinal Wuerl's 'continuing ministry' (Pillar) Cardinal Donald Wuerl was Archbishop of Washington from 2006 to 2018, and apostolic administrator until Cardinal Wilton Gregory’s 2019 appointment. “The archdiocese, which has pledged in recent years a commitment to financial transparency, has not responded to questions about the details of Wuerl’s continued ministry, the costs associated with it, or the source of the funds allocated for Wuerl,” according to the report.
DC archdiocese struggles to explain $2 million allocated for retired cardinal (Pillar) Responding to a report on the Pillar news site that $2 million had been earmarked in this year’s budget for the “continuing ministry” of retired Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Washington archdiocese said that the funds had been donated “by persons who want to cover Cardinal Wuerl’s expenses.” But the Pillar site reports that the audited financial statements of the archdiocese say the funds come from “net assets without donor restrictions.”
Pressure eases on Cardinal Woelki (The Tablet) According to the report, “German bishops have backtracked” from their criticism of Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki’s decision not to publish the results of an abuse investigation.
Lenten Sermon theme: Christ's holy humanity (Vatican News) In the second Lenten Sermon of this year’s series, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household, focused on the humanity of Jesus Christ. “He is holy, and makes us holy,” the preacher said. He encouraged his Vatican congregation to “remain anchored in Christ.”
Dallas diocese announces 1st synod since 1934 (Diocese of Dallas) “The pastoral plan will conclude on December 12, 2031 with a large Mass to celebrate the 500th anniversary of our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearance to San Juan Diego and the conclusion of this decade long journey of faith and revitalization,” the Diocese of Dallas announced.