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Pope Francis greets a Muslim representative during a meeting with leaders of other religions at the Catholic University of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
September 22nd, 2014

Pope, in Albania, says killing in God’s name is sacrilege

Killing in the name of God is sacrilege, and religious leaders must denounce the use of faith to justify violence and oppression, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to Albania.

September 22nd, 2014

A time to talk, a time to listen — in church

Father Ken Doyle answers the plea of a Catholic who finds people’s conversations in church disrespectful, and at times downright rude. He describes striking a balance where people can “catch up a bit” and maintain an atmosphere of prayerful silence.

September 22nd, 2014

Despite 50 years of ‘War on Poverty,’ prosperity for many seems elusive

According to the Census Bureau’s new statistics, released Sept. 16, poverty in the United States is down, but only slightly.

September 22nd, 2014

Senate action urged to stop coverage of abortion in health care plans

Members of Congress and pro-life leaders Sept. 18 criticized the federal government for failing to ensure federally subsidized health plans will not cover elective abortions.

September 22nd, 2014

Vatican astronomer: Just a matter of time until life found in universe

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise.

September 22nd, 2014

Pope, in Albania, says killing in God’s name is sacrilege

Killing in the name of God is sacrilege, and religious leaders must denounce the use of faith to justify violence and oppression, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to Albania.

September 22nd, 2014

How to respond to barbarism

Columnist Effie Caldarola thought the beheading of people was consigned to the distant past. But with today’s ISIS extremists, she has to think and pray about the ultimate victory of truth.

September 22nd, 2014

Today’s teaching on the family

See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

September 22nd, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s public calendar, Monday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 28

Thursday, Sept. 25
7:30-9 p.m. — Bucks County Theology on Tap,
Green Parrot Pub, Newtown

Friday, Sept. 26
11 a.m. — Mass for the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sisters,
St. Raphael Center, Havertown

Saturday, Sept. 27
1:30 p.m. — Mass for the 125th Anniversary of Roman Catholic High School,
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

Sunday, Sept. 28
12:30 p.m. — Parish 90th Anniversary Mass,
St. Helena, Philadelphia
6:30 p.m. — Mass and Respect Life Sunday Celebration,
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

September 19th, 2014

Growing in age, grace – and size

From 50 families at its founding 100 years ago, St. Patrick Parish in Malvern is booming. A slate of activities is planned for the centennial, including a service partnership with its sister parish in Norristown.

September 19th, 2014

There’s no ‘magic wand,’ evangelizing takes hard work

Pope Francis told 2,000 pastoral workers from 60 countries to remember the church is like a field hospital, where there are “so many people who are hurt and they are asking us to be close. They are asking us the same thing they asked Jesus,” to be by their side.

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Across the Aisles: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Horsham

See our photo gallery of Mass on Sunday morning, Sept. 14 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Horsham. Father Joseph F. Rymdeika, pastor, was the celebrant and homilist for the Mass attended by a full church congregation.

  • Anna Rawlinson, left, attends Mass with her father Tim and family.Anna Rawlinson, left, attends Mass with her father Tim and family.
  • The husband and wife team of Erik and Jocelyn Aaron provide music for the Mass.The husband and wife team of Erik and Jocelyn Aaron provide music for the Mass.
  • Parishioner Rudy FedeleParishioner Rudy Fedele
  • Father Rymdeika preaches the homily.Father Rymdeika preaches the homily.
  • Chase and Cole Ryan happily do their part to support the parish in the weekly collection.Chase and Cole Ryan happily do their part to support the parish in the weekly collection.
  • Usher Tom McCartin takes up the collection.Usher Tom McCartin takes up the collection.
  • Damian Hamme and his sister Isabel bring up the offertory gifts.Damian Hamme and his sister Isabel bring up the offertory gifts.
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  • Laura Volpe prays during Mass.Laura Volpe prays during Mass.
  • The faithful offer each other a sign of peace.The faithful offer each other a sign of peace.
  • Father Joseph F. Rymdeika, pastor of St. Catherine's.Father Joseph F. Rymdeika, pastor of St. Catherine's.
  • Father Rymdeika blesses the parish's PREP students at the Mass.Father Rymdeika blesses the parish's PREP students at the Mass.
  • Leading the procession out of church at the conclusion of Mass are, from left, altar servers Emily Mirabelli, Brady McCormick, Daniela Guerra-Solano and Liam Burns.Leading the procession out of church at the conclusion of Mass are, from left, altar servers Emily Mirabelli, Brady McCormick, Daniela Guerra-Solano and Liam Burns.
  • Father Rymdeika greets Jennifer Hoban and her son Lucas after Mass.Father Rymdeika greets Jennifer Hoban and her son Lucas after Mass.
  • Father Joseph F. Rymdeika, pastor, greets parishioners after Mass.Father Joseph F. Rymdeika, pastor, greets parishioners after Mass.
  • St. Catherine of Siena Church, HorshamSt. Catherine of Siena Church, Horsham