Allentown priest becomes bishop of his home diocese
Pope Francis has named Msgr. Alfred Schlert, 55, administrator of the Diocese of Allentown, as the diocese's new bishop. The bishop-elect is a native of Easton and has been vicar general of the diocese since 1998.
Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on the appointment of Msgr. Alfred A. Schlert as new new bishop of Allentown
Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert’s appointment as the 5th Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown is a moment of joy for the Church in Pennsylvania and I’m confident he will carry on the work of his predecessors with compassion, zeal, and fidelity.
For a century, Puerto Ricans have shared faith, citizenship
The mostly Catholic residents of the Caribbean island have lived in Philadelphia since the early 20th century, bringing their Catholic faith and cultural traditions into the city's mix of peoples.
Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’
UPDATED - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance.
In Washington, Salvadoran diaspora in awe of first Salvadoran cardinal
s El Salvador's first cardinal receives his red hat June 28 at the Vatican, he will have the eyes of his flock at home but also of the Washington area, home to approximately 260,000 Salvadorans -- one of the largest communities of Salvadorans outside of the Central American nation.
New bishop of Davenport, Iowa, promises love, fidelity for his people
No one who attended the ordination of Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula was alive the last time a bishop was ordained in and for the Diocese of Davenport more than 100 years ago.
Impact of legalized marijuana needs greater study, Vatican official says
Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson said that while scientific studies on the therapeutic uses of marijuana must be evaluated, the ongoing "lively" debate on its legalization for possible therapeutic uses "tends to neglect any ethical judgement of the substance, in itself negative like with any other drug."
Caritas Palermo: First stop for many migrants who cross Mediterranean
The U.N.'s migration organization, the International Organization for Migration, reports that more than 1,850 migrants have lost their lives so far this year crossing between continents.
Military says priest kidnapped in southern Philippines was seen alive
Father Teresito Soganub, vicar general of the Prelature of Marawi, was taken hostage May 23 by terrorist gunmen who attacked the city of Marawi.
Slow down and don’t swerve into life’s oncoming traffic
If we handle our delays and hardships with patience and humility we can follow God's paths, even the unpaved ones, to get where we need to go, writes Gina Christian.
While watching ‘The Keepers,’ remain in the sacraments
Father Ken Doyle answers a reader's fears that her family might drift from the church after watching a TV series on sexual abuse. He commends their commitment to continue going to Mass.
In a ‘dismal time,’ what is a Catholic voter to do?
It's easy to fight over politics, but it's harder to understand those with whom we disagree, writes Greg Erlandson. To do so, Catholics must find a way to express the entire ecology of Catholic moral teaching.
What would you share with Pope Francis?
For the first time the Vatican is inviting direct public responses to prepare for a synod. The survey is directed at young people -- who have been offering their opinions online all their lives.
The wisdom of calling God our Father
Gender neutral language -- try Godself instead of himself -- is more about us and our sexual politics than about God, writes John Garvey. We must embrace the language of a child.
Calendar of Events
AbbeyFest 2017 sets September date, new artists’ lineup
Christian artist Matt Maher and co-headliner Mandisa take the stage Sept. 16 at Daylesford Abbey in the annual festival designed to bring faith, music and family to an experience with Jesus.
Tolton Movie Screening
The Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood invites you to help create a Culture of Vocations by reflecting on the life of Augustus Tolton and his heroic journey to the priesthood.
Reboot! Live! with Chris Stefanick at St. Philip Neri
This event will be held in October at St. Philip Neri in Lafayette Hill.
Father Luke Chow, Phila. priest and native of China, dies at 90
His family converted to Catholicism by the efforts of a saintly missionary. After the communist takeover, Father Chow went to the Philippines and to Philadelphia, where he served since 1977.
Viewers of ‘All Eyez on Me’ might want to avert their ears
Radical politics and the wayward values of hip-hop culture take this profanity-laden, intense and rarely insightful biography of rapper Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), off course.
Beauty, poetry of classic hymns comes through in book, audio CD
Anthony Esolen, an accomplished literary scholar who is a faithful Catholic, turns his attention to the poetry of our beloved classic hymns in "Real Music." The book and accompanying audio CD captivate at every turn.