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A group of mostly women concludes the rosary together at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's iconic steps overlooking the center city Philadelphia skyline May 27.
May 27th, 2015

Women raise rosary prayers on Philadelphia’s streets

Walking with Purpose gathered a group of 15 women for a walking rosary procession from the cathedral to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in support of the World Meeting of Families.

May 27th, 2015

Students receive theology degrees in ceremony

See our photo gallery from the commencement ceremony of St. Charles Seminary’s School of Theological Studies May 18.

May 27th, 2015

Seminary confers theology degrees for 40 lay students

The School of Theological Studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary held its commencement May 18. The head of the Michigan Dominican sisters was guest speaker.

May 27th, 2015

Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises

The pope urged couples not to rush into marriage. Maturation in love before marriage is a slow process, in which none of the steps should be skipped, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

May 27th, 2015

Study day on synod did not aim to change doctrine, spokesman says

The presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, France and Switzerland decided their preparation for the Synod of Bishops on the family could benefit from listening to theologians, biblical scholars and canon lawyers from all three countries, said the spokesman for the German bishops.

May 27th, 2015

Calls to end immigrant family detention gain momentum

At least two major newspapers’ editorial boards and a dozen members of Congress have joined the chorus calling for an end to jailing families whose immigration cases are pending as well as other reforms of immigrant detention.

May 27th, 2015

South Sudan’s church leaders: Much of country without governance

Human rights in South Sudan are abused “on the battlefield and in peaceful areas,” and much of the country is without effective governance, church leaders said.

May 27th, 2015

Praying with purpose in Philadelphia

See our photo gallery of the walking rosary to pray for the success of the World Meeting of Families and visit by Pope Francis this September.

May 27th, 2015

Women raise rosary prayers on Philadelphia’s streets

Walking with Purpose gathered a group of 15 women for a walking rosary procession from the cathedral to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in support of the World Meeting of Families.

May 27th, 2015

Muslims, Christians urged to see they share values, face similar issues

Abdulaziz Sachedina is a professor of Islamic studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a practicing Muslim who feels close to his Christian friends, he told Catholic News Service. Muslims and Christians do, in fact, share values, he said.

May 27th, 2015

Parishes prep for focus on families this September

Before the World Meeting of Families, parishes such as St. Paul Parish in South Philadelphia are studying the official catechesis to learn church teaching on the family.

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Students receive theology degrees in ceremony

See our photo gallery from the commencement ceremony of St. Charles Seminary’s School of Theological Studies May 18.

  • Christine Rizzo can't resist hugging Mother Assumpta Long, O.P. after she recives her Master of Arts Degree
  • Thomas Joseph Gilmartin recives his Roman Catechetical Diploma from Bishop Senior as Jacob A. Marquart, III looks on
  • Brian Jefferes (right) shakes Bishop Timothy Senior's hand as he receives his Master of Arts degree while  Mother Assumpta Long, O.P., looks on. (Sarah Webb)
  • Guest speaker Mother Assumpta Long, O.P.
  • Guest speaker Mother Assumpta Long, O.P.
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  • Judy Magee
  • Deborah Smaldore
  • Graduates of the Church Ministry Institute prepare to process into Immaculate Conception Chapel at St. Charles Seminary to receive their certificates. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
  • Sr. Theresa Josephine Thien-An Do, O.P. figures out how to wear her cap over her veil
  • Judy Magee gets hugs of congratulations from family members
  • Thomas Gilmartin takes a selfie with  Christine Rizzo, Jacob Marquart, Deborah Smaldore
  • Graduates pose for a quick picture before walking up the aisle
  • Members of the archdiocesan Church Ministry Institute  celebrate with family and friends after graduation.
  • Jared Hasslebarth presents the posthumous degree to Paula Miola for her husband Steven R. Miola who recently passed away
  • CMI graduates