Archbishop Chaput's speeches
Things to come: Faith, state and society in a new world
So much has changed in America that now our country is its most conflicted and divided since the 1960s, Archbishop Chaput said in a speech Feb. 22 at Villanova. Yet there are sources of renewal in the church and paths to personal holiness for all Americans.
‘Life changing’ show on Jesus’ death, resurrection coming to area
St. John Bosco Church in Hatboro will host the Broadway-quality musical "The Cross and the Light" for six shows March 8-10. The producer, a Catholic convert, was an atheist until she made a deal with God -- and did he ever deliver.
Worship at ‘Anthem Live’ then have fun in Manayunk
The archdiocese's youth and young adult ministry will host a prayerful event Saturday night, Feb. 24 at St. John the Baptist Church, after which attendees can join a Winter Olympics Bar Crawl for fun and prizes.
Catholics urged to call Congress Feb. 26, push for Dreamer legislation
A national Catholic call-in day is set to urge protections from deportation as soon as March 5 those young people brought to the United States as children by their undocumented parents.
Catholic League boys’ semifinals each come down to the wire
Despite commanding leads early, Bonner-Prendergast and Roman Catholic both had to hold off furious late charges for three-point wins. They'll meet at the Palestra Monday night as Bonner seeks its first title in 30 years.
Last-second shots in semifinals set up girls’ hoops championship
Cardinal O'Hara freshman Siobhan Boylan calmly drained two free throws with 23 seconds remaining in game one, while Neumann-Goretti's Tatiana Jones hit a three-pointer with three ticks left to win the nightcap.
Growing student activism on gun violence presses lawmakers to act
In the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead, among 34 shootings so far this year, students are raising a groundswell to push legislative action. Leaders including Sen. Patrick Toomey and others are debating options.
Decision to stop Texas execution called ‘example of restorative justice’
The Catholic bishops of Texas praised Gov. Greg Abbott for stopping the execution of death-row inmate Thomas Whitaker shortly before he was to be put to death Feb. 22.
As DACA deadline nears, Catholic voices speak up to fix immigration woes
UPDATED - Catholic leaders and organizers from around the U.S. have been loudly clamoring for relief for the young adults, some who already face deportation and the loss of permits that allow them to work, drive and attend school.
Let Lucas break down our prejudices on Down syndrome
Richard Doerflinger writes of little Lucas Warren, the first-ever Gerber baby with Down syndrome. While most people like Lucas are eliminated before they are born, those welcomed into the world have much to teach us.
Migration: ‘An act of love’ or license to hunt the unwanted?
In a Lenten act of standing with the poor, Effie Caldarola accompanied a working father in leg shackles, awaiting deportation. Americans favor border security and a humane immigration system, she writes.
Pope to young people: Take the World Youth Day challenge
"Do not allow the spark of youth to be extinguished in the darkness of a closed room in which the only window to the outside world is a computer and smartphone," Pope Francis told youths in a message.
Brazilian court denies sentence reduction for Dorothy Stang assassin
A Brazilian court denied Regivaldo Pereira Galvao's request for a reduction in sentence for his conviction of masterminding the 2005 killing of Sister Dorothy Stang, a U.S missionary.
Iraqi Catholic leaders urge Christians: Remain steadfast in Lent
Many Chaldean Catholics lost their homes, properties and other possessions as they fled the so-called Islamic State militants in the summer of 2014. Many are destitute, still living in camps for the internally displaced or sheltering abroad.
God’s love is for all, and for each one of us
Lent invites us to grow in our awareness of the Lord's mercy, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Christ offered himself to the Father not only for humanity, but for every individual.
Repentance: A Lenten reflection
Lent is a time to delve deeply into our lives during this season of penance and to give a thorough look at what our values are and how we live them. Learn about this way of living "within the dialogue of salvation."
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God is telling us something good — listen to him
In explaining one of Scripture's most inscrutable readings, the Binding of Isaac, Father Matt Guckin says obedience to God is a necessary weapon in spiritual life. Humbly listening to God is in our best interest.
As ‘Early Man’ understood, greed will get you nowhere
That's the premise of this claymation film featuring soccer-playing cavemen who must work together to defeat an evil plan -- with plenty of family-friendly slapstick comedy along the way.
New take on Revelation like nothing else you’ve ever read
Micah Kiel's love of apocalyptic literature inspired a new book that gives readers a whole new perspective on Revelation.
Movie review: Game Night
Family values and much enjoyable humor are offset by numerous distasteful jokes and an excess of vulgar language in the comedy "Game Night" (Warner Bros.).