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Participants at the start of a two-day conference by the mostly Catholic PICO community organizing network meet for discussions in the parish hall at Our Lady of Hope Church April 30 in North Philadelphia. (Photo by Margaret Ernst)
May 6th, 2015

National meeting in Philadelphia explores poverty before papal visit

Before Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia this September, his message of greater solidarity with poor people was the subject of two-day conference last week in Philadelphia, launching a year-long effort.

May 6th, 2015

National meeting in Philadelphia explores poverty before papal visit

Before Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia this September, his message of greater solidarity with poor people was the subject of two-day conference last week in Philadelphia, launching a year-long effort.

May 6th, 2015

U.S. priest lives with ‘suffering Christ’ at U.N. base in South Sudan

Behind the blue-helmeted U.N. soldiers ringing the periphery, their tanks and heavy weapons pointed outward, Maryknoll Father Mike Bassano’s parish is a tightly packed maze of tents and tarpaulins filled with people hiding from war.

May 6th, 2015

Pope Francis to meet Raul Castro ahead of Cuba visit

The meeting between the pope and Castro will take place “in a strictly private manner” in the study of the Paul VI audience hall, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said May 5.

May 6th, 2015

Pope: Marriage is brave promise to love like Jesus, not showy ceremony

Marriage is an act of faith between a man and woman who are both fragile and limited, but courageous enough to follow Christ and seek to love each other as he loves them, the pope said May 6 during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

May 6th, 2015

Baltimore prays for peace, progress in addressing systemic injustices

The calls for prayer followed hours of rioting and looting the night of April 27-28 that rocked West Baltimore. The violence came in response to the death of Freddie Gray, who died April 19, a week after he was seriously injured while in police custody.

May 6th, 2015

Jordan faces shortfall in aid to support 1.4 million Syrian refugees

With no end in sight to the Syrian conflict, now in its fifth year, officials are calling the situation critical. So far this year, Jordan has received only 7.2 percent of $2.9 billion needed for services to Syrian refugees and host communities.

May 6th, 2015

In paintings, Syrian artist shows the pain war has caused his country

At a recent exhibit, his oil on acrylic works ranged from depictions of damaged church and mosque mosaics, to a broken icon of Mary and a refugee woman forced into servitude by the need to survive.

May 6th, 2015

Archbishop cites Olympic champion, says migrants should not be feared

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, held up Mo Farah as an example of why migrants should not be feared, saying his life was a “wonderful story of optimism and hope.”

May 6th, 2015

Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens Dec. 8 and runs until Nov. 20, 2016. (CNS/courtesy of Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization) The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

May 6th, 2015

Parishioners donate $133,000 for retired religious’ care

Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese contributed the sum to the Retirement Fund for Religious collection last year, and more than $4 million since 1989.

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Young writers learn from pros at Little Flower event

Little Flower High School welcomed 20 published authors for hands-on writing discussions with students during the day-long Little Flower Teen Writers Festival. See our photo gallery.

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