Archdiocese casts ‘halo’ on Phila. region of at least $4.2 billion, report says
A new study presented Nov. 30 at Penn estimates the economic impact of the Catholic Church's service to the region. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's service "always has a deeper religious purpose," Archbishop Chaput said in his address.
Miraculous Medal Shrine draws diverse faithful for prayers
The shrine in Germantown hosts Masses in English and Spanish, space for private prayers and of course, novenas for many needs. Christians from across the Philadelphia region come to offer their prayers to God through Mary.
City’s religious leaders confront Americans’ bigotry against Muslims
With anti-Muslim incidents and rhetoric on the rise, Catholics with the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia and in parishes show respect and solidarity with members of the 55 mosques in this region.
Undefeated seasons, trip to state finals on the line for 2 local teams
St. Joseph's Prep brings its 12-0 record to Northeast High School Saturday evening to face North Penn of Montgomery County, which is 14-0, in the PIAA class 6A football semifinals. See our preview, and a fearless prediction.
Archbishop Chaput's column
The public value of Catholic social witness
Archbishop Charles Chaput comments on a new report showing the $4.2 billion Catholic economic impact in Greater Philadelphia. The Catholic Church reaches out to persons in need without strings attached, but always with a deeper religious purpose.
Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor ‘such a powerful event’
As the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack neared, Father Daniel Mode detailed the effect of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian outpost.
Paper’s 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics
The unsigned front-page editorial, framed by a drawing of a man and woman gazing upward at a flying American flag, pledged prayers and the resolute cooperation of the church for the still unknown sacrifices ahead.
Some fleeing scene of wildfires describe it as escaping ‘gates of hell’
St. Mary's Catholic Church was at ground zero in the wildfires that devastated parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Nov. 28, and while flames reached to within yards of the tourist city church, it appears to have been spared. Some parishioners weren't as fortunate.
Advent Week Two: Look to the past and future to prepare for the Lord’s coming
CatholicPhilly.com continues the four-week series on Advent in which Catholics prepare to celebrate the first coming of the Lord and the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala
Father Stanley Rother was brutally murdered July 28, 1981, in a Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor. His recognition of martyrdom clears the way for his possible beatification, one step from sainthood.
In Ireland, doctors, church leaders tell the horrors of life in Syria
Fifty percent of Syria's hospitals and medical centers have been destroyed or looted and their staff kidnapped, tortured or slaughtered, a leading Syrian surgeon told members of the Irish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.
Orthodox patriarch says ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is about God’s mercy
Knowing the debate surrounding Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said the document "first and foremost recalls the mercy and compassion of God and not just moral norms and canonical rules."
Calendar of Events
SS. Simon and Jude hosts night-long prayer vigil for life
The West Chester parish invites all adoration from 8 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 8 for prayers to overcome abortion, for religious freedom and for the dignity and sanctity of every human life to be respected.
Old St. Joseph’s presents film screening, discussion on criminal justice
The documentary "13th" will be shown Dec. 10 at the church with a panel talk to follow regarding the problem of mass incarceration in Philadelphia and its intersection with Catholic social justice teachings.
Racism is a disease that must be cured
The new administration can count on the Catholic Church, writes Archbishop Wilton Gregory, to help eradicate this devastating moral sickness at a time when racist sentiments have again become acceptable to express publicly.
Spend less, give more and turn Christmas upside down
Americans will spend $656 billion, or more than $800 per person, on Christimas gifts this year. Maria-Pia Negro Chin believes we should be praying more fully and stop spending money on gifts we won't remember.
Looking beyond the electoral divide and politics itself for healing
Wise advice from Abraham Lincoln and C.S. Lewis can help us examine our own hearts as we seek healing and hope after the division and rancor of the recent presidential election, writes a guest commentator.
Book on monks offers some excellent insights but skimpy theology
"Illuminating the Way" excels for those looking for the horizontal church and horizontal spiritual practice, which is to say for a strong me-centered path of therapeutic religion.
‘Face of Mercy’ documentary showcases living examples of mercy
Though predictably free of objectionable content, "The Face of Mercy" does touch on such mature themes as war, genocide, narcotics and the nature of evil. Accordingly, it will best be appreciated by teens and their elders.