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.
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.
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.
'Fratelli Tutti' translated into Russian (Vatican Press Office) The Pope’s third encyclical letter, Fratelli tutti, is devoted to fraternity and social friendship. “I think that reflection and dialogue on this Encyclical can be of help not only for the Russian Federation, where dialogue between Christians and Muslims is required to grow, but for the human family as a whole,” the Pope wrote in a March 3 message.
Lebanon: Chaldeans back Maronite call for international conference (AsiaNews) The Chaldean Church in Lebanon has endorsed the call by Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai for an international conference to resolve the country’s political stalemate. The Chaldean Council issued a public statement that it “does not expect current problems to be solved without international initiatives.”