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October 24th, 2014

West Chester priest arrested on child pornography charges

Father Mark J. Haynes, 55, an archdiocesan priest and parochial vicar at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, was arrested Wednesday night. No allegations of sexual abuse of a minor had been lodged against him, nor were there prior indications he was involved with child pornography.

October 24th, 2014

Violent ‘John Wick’ offers an antihero who’s hard to like

True to form, Keanu Reeves plays a man of few monotone words who leaves a high body count in his wake, in the new action thriller. In so many words, it’s unconvincing, unglamorous, offensive — and avoidable.

October 24th, 2014

Faith, kindness of slain U.S. journalist recalled at Mass

Close to 1,000 of slain journalist James Foley’s closest friends and family gathered at a church in New Hampshire this week for a memorial Mass to celebrate the man murdered by Islamic State extremists Aug. 19 in Syria.

October 24th, 2014

Nun’s murderer says family’s forgiveness gave him ‘new life’

The man who served a prison term for the 1995 murder of a Franciscan Clarist nun said he experienced a “rebirth” during a visit by Sister Selmy, the younger sister of slain Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, while he was in prison.

October 24th, 2014

West Chester priest arrested on child pornography charges

Father Mark J. Haynes, 55, an archdiocesan priest and parochial vicar at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, was arrested Wednesday night. No allegations of sexual abuse of a minor had been lodged against him, nor were there prior indications he was involved with child pornography.

October 24th, 2014

Former secretary says St. John Paul II shared his flock’s sorrows, joys

On his first visit to a Washington shrine dedicated to the man he worked under for nearly 10 years, the former secretary to St. Pope John Paul II said he was “deeply impressed” by the tribute and could feel the late pontiff’s presence within the building.

October 24th, 2014

Ottawa archbishop recalls words of St. John Paul II after shooting

Recalling the words of St. John Paul II, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast called upon Canadians not to be afraid in the wake of the Oct. 22 shooting that left a Canadian soldier dead and forced lawmakers to barricade themselves inside their parliament offices.

October 24th, 2014

Book explores complex balance between charitable acts, religious values

The work of religious philanthropic organizations came into clear view during the summer of 2014 when two Christian mission groups serving people in need around the world arranged to fly two of their medical missionaries suffering from the Ebola virus out of Liberia to a hospital in Atlanta, where they were treated successfully.

October 24th, 2014

Humility and interior renewal are essential for Christian unity, pope says

“The weaker we are with these virtues of humility, generosity, gentleness, meekness — the stronger we become,” Pope Francis said in a homily at morning Mass today.

October 24th, 2014

Catholic League field hockey standings

See the won-lost-tie records for the league’s 10 teams, heading into the playoffs.

October 24th, 2014

Catholic League playoff schedule

See the slate of upcoming games for playoffs in field hockey and girls and boys soccer.

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African Heritage Mass celebrated in West Philadelphia parish

The Mass, celebrated by Father Livinus Ugochukwu and including four choirs, was multilingual and multicultural, representing the linguistic and cultural diversity of Africa. Participants wore traditional attire of their countries of origin. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

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  • Singers and dancers led the rollicking, joyous celebration of the first annual African Heritage Mass Oct. 19 at St. Cyprian Church in West Philadelphia. (Photo by Sarah Webb)Singers and dancers led the rollicking, joyous celebration of the first annual African Heritage Mass Oct. 19 at St. Cyprian Church in West Philadelphia. (Photo by Sarah Webb)
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