Kids start day with healthy breakfast, thanks to long-term partnership
Nutritional Development Services and the USDA have been serving free meals at area Catholic schools for 47 years. In the region almost 9,000 students a day receive a nutritious breakfast at schools like St. Monica in South Philadelphia.
Multi-language, multi-choir Mass set for this Saturday
All are welcome to attend the annual Cultural Heritage Mass, which highlights the rich history and cultural diversity of the Catholic community here, on Saturday, March 17 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
Economics, care for creation topic of lecture at St. Charles Seminary
Professor March Hirschfeld will speak Monday evening, March 19 on the tension of economic growth serving as a remedy for poverty while also putting pressure on the environment.
Shortage of low-income affordable housing reaches crisis stage
The situation in New Orleans is typical of cities across the country. Low- and moderate-income people struggle to find a place that they can afford, is safe and is in good condition.
Miami Archdiocese offers prayers after bridge collapse
Authorities in Florida's Miami-Dade area said at least six people have died but the number could rise as they search through the rubble of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed March 15 near Florida International University.
‘Hidden jewel’ St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana now a national landmark
Last fall, the grounds of the college and of the Sisters of Providence were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the St. Mary-of-the-Woods National Historic District.
Catholic leaders criticize Duterte’s withdrawal of Philippines from ICC
Philippine Catholics, including a Manila bishop, blasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to quit the International Criminal Court, which is probing his war on drugs and alleged extrajudicial killings.
Pakistan bishops meet pope, hope he will visit their country
Sitting in a small circle with Pope Francis in the papal library, five bishops of Pakistan felt like they were having a family discussion, including about their problems, said Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi.
Christian activists say militias target religious minorities in Syria
Jihadists allied with Turkey are hunting down religious minorities to kill them in Syria's northwest, Christian activists warn, as Turkey and its allies have encircled the Kurdish-held town of Afrin and are relentlessly pushing through.
Blurred lines: Vatican manipulation of photo becomes news
Greg Erlandson explains the latest media tempest about transparency and the pontificate of Pope Francis involving two popes, one blurry letter and a dash of poor judgment at the Vatican's communications office.
You can freeze embryos, but not consciences
"Specimens" were destroyed when embryo-freezing facilities malfunctioned. Parents were upset not over the loss of "tissue," but of their preborn children. Richard Doerflinger reflects on the wisdom of opposing in vitro fertilization.
The church as field hospital for the wounded
Many young people are hurting inside, even deeply wounded, writes Sister Alicia Torres. Setting captives free from their wounds, including young people, is what Jesus asks of his church right now.
Francis at 5 Years
Five years a pope: Francis’ focus has been on outreach
The cardinal from Argentina was elected pope March 13, 2013 just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a church that "goes out" or a church focused on its internal affairs.
Archbishop Chaput reflects on Pope Francis’ milestone
In a statement March 13, the archbishop recalled the pope's visit to Philadelphia in 2015 and the "special bond with the local church," and his challenge to "bear witness to Christ through concrete action."
Inside CatholicPhilly.com – Pope Francis at Five
In this edition of Inside CatholicPhilly.com, editor Matt Gambino and producer Gina Christian discuss the leadership of Pope Francis, now celebrating his fifth year as the shepherd of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis changed the conversation, but can he change the culture?
Matthew Manion hopes more Catholics make choices to change the culture, developing the humility of a Pope Francis to encounter those most in need and the courage of a Pope Benedict to try new things.
In dying to ourselves and serving others, we share in redemption
Msgr. Joseph Prior tells the story of a little-known missionary to lepers in Hawaii to show that everyone, regardless of our state in life, is called to lay down one's life for others, and so to gain eternal life.
Readings of the Holy Mass – Fifth Sunday of Lent
Read or listen to the readings before Mass with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.
West Catholic’s girls making believers of opponents in state tourney
At 14-12, West Catholic’s resume is not awe-inspiring, but the Lady Burrs’ level of play is beginning to reach such a level. They credit team closeness and a tough Catholic League schedule.
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How to bring young people back to faith in Christ
While young people are abandoning the Catholic faith in droves, we need not despair, says Father Matt Guckin. By listening to and living out the Gospel message, we can lead youth to a relationship with Christ.
Calendar of Events
St. Cyril’s series welcomes Catholics Returning Home
In a series of six consecutive Tuesday evening sessions beginning April 24, St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish in Jamison invites non-practicing Catholics for informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith.
St. William hosts free performance of Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater’
The parish continues its concert series with a return engagement by the Northeast Oratorio and Orchestra Societies on March 18.
Info night for diaconate coming in April
Catholic men who are discerning service as an ordained permanent deacon are invited with their wives to a meeting at the seminary on April 19.
Metaphysical hooey, video-game mayhem marks ‘Tomb Raider’
The tough-gal Lara Croft reboot film has plenty of fighting and dying, and distasteful mythology. Yet it's tiresomely repetitive, with features that might make gameplay enjoyable but fail to work on the screen.
Despite flaws, book offers fair assessment of Francis’ papacy so far
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has become one of the leading Catholic commentators on the Francis papacy, and this book serves well as both an overview of the pope's accomplishments and a sometimes critical commentary on them.
Book offers fascinating look at 20th-century feminist, contemplative
Edith Stein, who eventually became Carmelite Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, is not well known as saints go but is becoming better known, thanks to books like this one.