Archbishop Chaput's column
Irony and Catholic memory
American Catholics can learn from history, especially church history, to renew a sense of confidence and hope. That is why Archbishop Chaput recommends George Weigel's "must read" new book.
Couple donates Radnor mansion to train Augustinian friars
James and Mary Colleran donated their a 10,000-square foot family home to the Villanova-based order as the new house for novices beginning their formation from all across the United States.
Pope accepts resignation of Ukrainian bishop in Phila.
UPDATED - Auxiliary Bishop John Bura of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to submit a letter of resignation.
Parish program helps seniors stay healthy at home
An archdiocesan program has become a national model by partnering with 11 local parishes to provide independent older adults with much-needed services, as the nation faces a "tsunami of aging."
What influence does religion have on Americans’ lives?
A new Pew poll has revealed Americans' attitudes regarding religion in civil life. One finding: Catholics polled second highest among Christians in saying churches should keep out of political matters.
Nearly 40 U.S. dioceses sign up to participate in #GivingTuesday Dec. 3
Thirty-nine U.S. archdioceses and dioceses plan to participate in this year's #iGiveCatholic online giving day Dec. 3 to raise funds for 3,600 Catholic organizations.
CLINIC director: Government violates law by not letting in asylum-seekers
The executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, known as CLINIC, told U.S. Catholic bishops Nov. 13 that the government is violating international and U.S. law when it denies asylum-seekers at the border entry into the U.S.
As baptisms drop, Quebec church rethinks children’s spirituality
Responding to a 28% decline in baptisms in five years in the Canadian province, church officials are studying how children experience faith and developing programs just for young kids.
Nicaraguan authorities block priest, families from attending Mass
A Nicaraguan priest has denounced intimidation by the police, who surrounded his parish in the city of Masaya, cut power and water to the building and prevented family members of political prisoners from attending a Mass in their honor.
Catechism will be updated to include ecological sins, pope says
Following through on a proposal made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the church's official teaching.
People and Events
Holy Child alums have fun, raise funds for parish
Our Lady of Hope Parish in North Philadelphia welcomed back 200 graduates of the former Catholic school on North Broad Street for a Nov. 2 dinner-dance reunion.
6 Catholic teams advancing in state football playoffs
Some blowouts and some nailbiters -- including Pope John Paul II, which reached the PIAA tourney for the first time in school history -- broke out in recent Catholic football action in the Philadelphia region.
All-Catholics named for fall sports
See all the student-athletes named to the All-Catholic first, second and third teams in boys and girls soccer, and field hockey, for autumn 2019.
Sex abuse crisis not over, by a long shot
Both the Vatican and the U.S. bishops have instituted major reforms to hold bishops accountable when accused of abuse or its cover-up. They give a sense of hope, but as Greg Erlandson notes, there is still a long way to go.
We’re proud millennials seeking a home in our church
Katie Prejean McGrady had her "OK, boomer" moment, and she doesn't apologize for her generation's gifts and flaws. Millennials are woke, and ready to be awakened by the Catholic Church.
Confronting the secular trend of Hispanics in the U.S.
While the Catholic Church in the United States is increasingly Hispanic, the Hispanic community in this country is less Catholic than ever.
Jesus dispels the fog of worry with the light of his love
Anxieties and concerns can cloud our vision like the morning mist, making it difficult to move forward in life, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. The Lord shines through the gloom, burning away our fears and restoring our vision of a bright future in him.
Readings of the Holy Mass: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read or listen to the readings before Mass with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.
Can you stand at Mass to protest church teaching?
Father Kenneth Doyle advises a reader regarding a demonstration in support of same-sex unions that took place during a liturgy. In response to another question, he counsels a single woman who longs to adopt a child.
Beautiful duet: Couple sings of half-century teaching music
Carol Brennan has been sharing the joy of music with students of St. Martin of Tours School -- whom she believes are better academically and socially for their exposure to music -- for 50 years, along with her husband John for 48.
Calendar of Events
Holy hour with Sisters of Life
The Sisters of Life invite all to join them in eucharistic adoration on Nov. 16 as part of a monthly gathering for prayer and reflection.
Business networking event looks at spirituality in the workplace
Julie Burkey, adjunct professor of pastoral theology at Seton Hall University, will explore the theology of work in a Nov. 14 presentation for Catholic professionals at the Miraculous Medal Shrine.
Mass for those suffering from addiction
St. Augustine Church in Philadelphia’s Old City section will celebrate a Nov. 16 liturgy invoking God's healing for those struggling with substance abuse.
‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ rewrites history, violently
Stunning graphics can't hide bad intel about the Gulf War, excessive gore, profanity and support for recreational drug use in Activision's latest game, whose problematic content may drive even adults to step away from the console.
‘Playing With Fire’ ends up all wet
The harmless comedy, which stars professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, doesn't burn audiences, but its banal humor and wooden characters fail to light a spark.
Youth & Young Adults
Religious vocations endure despite distractions, scandal
Despite decades of declining numbers, religious life continues to attract young people who view God's call as "not limiting, but freeing," say several men's and women's vocation directors in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
Letters foster one young woman’s gratitude for veteran’s years of service
A letter that touched Sophia Egold's life in ways she never expected is one she wrote six years ago when she was an eighth grader at St. Barnabas School in Indianapolis. It was a letter of thanks to a World War II hero for his service to his country.