Archbishop Chaput's column
A new overview of a contested subject
We live in a time when fundamental elements of human identity -- gender and sexuality -- are reimagined, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. A new report restores some badly needed clarity, scientific substance and prudence to our discussions.
From the ‘living hell’ of youth, a young man’s future looks bright
Felix Alberto came from a dysfunctional family and a boyhood in which he thought it to be better dead than alive. After years of delinquency he turned his life around with help from staff at a Catholic program for troubled boys.
Faithful learn to have a ‘Marian heart’ at West Chester parish retreat
SS. Simon and Jude Parish hosted about 150 people from the parish and surrounding area for a day with Mass, presentations, discussions and prayers honoring Mary, the model for discipleship today.
Studying for the GED, one student at a time
Nicole Yezik teaches English at St. Gabriel’s Hall and mentors young men seeking their GED certificate. The youths have few academic skills, so tutors focus on the individual. "Whatever they need to succeed, we do.”
Calendar of Events
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish hosting four-day festival
The parish in Limerick, Montgomery County is expecting 10,000 people to enjoy family entertainment, rides, food, bingo games and live music now through Saturday night at the eighth annual festival.
Talk traces history of the Sisters of St. Joseph
The American Catholic Historical Society will host a talk by Sister Mary Helen Beirne, S.S.J., who will speak on “Choosing Transformation: The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, 1944-1999” on Sept. 18.
Archdiocesan priest to speak of mercy at Lansdale parish
Msgr. George Majoros, a papally appointed Missionary of Mercy, will discuss at St. Stanislaus Parish the call for all believers to a continuous conversion as followers of Christ.
Across the Aisles: Haitian community at St. William Church
Worshipers in the Haitian Creole language worshiped God in the Mass Sunday evening, Aug. 7 with a Haitian religious-order priest. See our photos representing one of many ethnic communities in the archdiocese.
Seminarians move in and begin a new year
The "new men" at St. Charles Seminary and their families hauled boxes and greeted fellow seminarians and faculty on Aug. 23, settling in for the start of a new semester.
Bishop Edward Deliman ordained at cathedral
See scenes from the ordination Mass of Bishop Edward M. Deliman, the newest auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia on Aug. 18 by Archbishop Charles Chaput in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
For 2017 World Peace Day, pope asks to focus on nonviolence
When nonviolence is the basic approach of political decisions and public policy, it promotes the restoration and consolidation of peace, the Vatican said.
‘Icon of mercy’: Missionaries superior describes Blessed Teresa
ROME (CNS) — Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was a woman who truly felt wed to Jesus, and the freedom she experienced in loving him led her to radical poverty, a courageous outreach and an immense love for the poor, said the superior general of the order Mother Teresa founded. “She was very happy to be […]
Damascus patriarchs call for lifting of sanctions against Syria
Although "the main goals of imposing these sanctions are political," the patriarchs said, they have affected all Syrian people, "especially the poor and working class, whose ability to provide their basic daily needs such as food and medical care are greatly affected."
For Catholics choosing a new parish, it’s location, location, location
They choose nearness over other considerations, including the quality of the homilies, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Suspect sought in murders of nuns who worked at Mississippi clinic
Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68, were found stabbed to death Aug. 25 in their home. They spent years caring for poor people as nurse practitioners in central Mississippi.
Federal judge blocks directive on transgender access to school bathrooms
A judge in Texas upheld current law that "specifically permits educational institutions" to provide bathroom facilities "based on sex, provided that the separate facilities are comparable." The ruling extends nationwide.
People and Events
Royersford parish invites sisters for door-to-door visits
Two sisters of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate will visit every home in Sacred Heart Parish starting Sept. 6. The sisters will reach out to the entire Christian community and the unchurched.
Neumann U. director to be only U.S. speaker at Vatican session
Lee DelleMonache, head of the Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, will speak on sports and mercy next month for the Congregation for Catholic Education's conference.
‘War Dogs’ takes comedic swipe at profitable business of war
Who's to blame when two young Florida men make a killing by selling arms in the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Culpability gives way to men-behaving-badly humor in this true-to-life film.
Come ‘Hell or High Water,’ an age-old ethical dilemma must be faced anew
Can good ends ever justify moral or criminal wrongdoing? That's the gist of this gritty, sober film that sets an issue treated by St. Paul in a modern West Texas community pitting good farmers against bad bankers.
What happens when the faith of ‘The Innocents’ is lost
A luminescent and unflinching film set in Poland at the end of World War II tells how the degradation to which an order of nuns has been subjected has crushed their faith or left them in fear. The ending is uplifting, if not happy.