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Pope Francis is a pontiff of firsts. He is the first Francis and the first Jesuit pope. But he is also the first pope from the Americas and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, says the symbolism of that global choice makes his selection historic.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, told WTOP the Vatican called him about Pope Benedict's resignation early Monday.
New federal health care rules that require church-affiliated employers to cover birth control for workers violate First Amendment free speech guarantees, the Archdiocese of Washington said Monday in announcing it was joining a series of suits nationwide against the mandate.
The Archdiocese of Washington opposes redefinition of marriage, saying other unions exist, but they are not marriage.
A Gaithersburg priest is defending his decision to deny Communion to a woman at a funeral Mass because she is a lesbian. The woman's family now responds.
A lesbian from the District says a priest would not allow her to take Communion at her mother's funeral last Saturday because of her sexual orientation.