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The procession enters the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul before the start of the Mission Sunday Mass Oct. 19, celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput with clergy and faithful from around the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
October 21st, 2014

What Mission Sunday Mass revealed about the church today

Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated the annual Mass on Sunday at which he spoke about the dearth of people going to church and what that means for today’s missionaries – lay and religious – passing on the faith to the next generations.

October 21st, 2014

Villa Maria Academy students receive honors

Seniors Emily Legaard and Kelly Wright have been named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, and seven other seniors were named commended students in the program.

October 21st, 2014

Family synod came to ‘real consensus,’ Cardinal Wuerl says

“The pope at the very beginning said speak with clarity and charity and listen with humility, and that’s what happened,” Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington said about the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family. He called its final report “a consensus document.”

October 21st, 2014

Talk reviews Philippines’ typhoon relief one year later

Catholic Relief Services will host a lunchtime reflection on the church’s relief work in the Philippines one year after Typhoon Haiyan on Thursday, Nov. 6 in Philadelphia. A CRS staffer will share her experiences and provide an update.

October 21st, 2014

Bring disabled veterans to your prayers

Veteran warriors living with the physical wounds and nightmarish memories of battle have descended into a hell that few civilians have. We owe our veterans a remembrance in our prayers, writes Father Eugene Hemrick.

October 21st, 2014

Healing the world, one family at a time

Columnist Effie Caldarola found a program to help refugee families through a State Department program. The list of her refugee family’s needs was long, as they need everything. She sees a chance to tell that family and others that we care about them.

October 21st, 2014

Church is growing in the far-off mission land of Mongolia

CatholicPhilly.com writer Lou Baldwin spoke by phone with the missionary bishop of the world’s youngest Catholic community. From zero Catholics at its founding 22 years ago, more than a thousand Catholics and their Mongolian compatriots are served by some 80 missionaries.

October 21st, 2014

Dallas bishop calls decision to house Ebola victims the ‘right thing to do’

Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and three others for several weeks at a diocesan facility because when no one else would.

October 21st, 2014

St. Maximilian Kolbe play coming to Northeast Philadelphia

St. Timothy Parish will host a theatrical presentation about the life of the “saint of Auschwitz” on Friday, Oct. 24.

October 21st, 2014

Archbishop Chaput to speak at Chamber luncheon

The archbishop will be the guest speaker at a Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday, Oct. 31.

October 21st, 2014

Fall Ball fundraiser aids scholarships

The Catholic Business Network of Greater Philadelphia’s event on Friday, Oct. 24 will support its archdiocesan high school scholarship program.

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Vibrant devotion, flags and dress mark Hispanic Heritage Mass

October is Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrated the occasion with the ninth annual Hispanic Heritage Mass Sunday, Oct. 12 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

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