Archbishop Chaput's column
Remembering two anniversaries
50 years after a papal document on global development and 25 years after Pa. Gov. Bob Casey was muzzled by Democrats, the two events coincided last week with an inexcusable affirmation of abortion by the same party, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput.
At Mass, Scouts urged to become courageous leaders
The Boy Scouts (and some girls) at a Mass April 22 won awards for leadership in the example of the apostles. “You receive these gifts from God," said Archbishop Chaput, "it is important that you use them."
Sainthood cause for paralyzed priest officially gets under way
In the same St. Thomas of Villanova Church where Augustinian Father William Atkinson became the first quadriplegic priest, the process for his canonization was launched by Archbishop Chaput April 24.
Cathedral hosting devotions for Our Lady of Fatima, Padre Pio
The Archdiocesan May Procession on May 7 leads a slate of events honoring 100 years since Mary's apparitions in Fatima. That weekend, the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will be at the cathedral.
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Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to back only pro-abortion pols
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee's chair to support only pro-abortion candidates "disturbing" and "intolerant." Some Democrats agree.
Historians assess the promise and paradox of JFK at his centenary
The centenary of Kennedy's birth has brought fresh appraisals of Kennedy, the first -- and so far, only -- Catholic to attain the presidency and his assassination-truncated term of office.
Virginia Catholics join the zero waste movement to promote green living
To be virtually trash free, Jane Crosby of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield composts her food waste and recycles a little. But mostly she relies day to day on reusable products such as Mason jars, cloth napkins and canvas shopping bags.
Calendar of Events
St. Elizabeth Parish Stewardship Day of Service
The parish in Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County, will gather 150 parishioners volunteering to serve 20 community organizations on Saturday, April 29.
People and Events
Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish ready to combat hunger
The parish in North Wales will host a Helping Hands event to prepare 10,000 meals for people living with hunger in Burkina Faso on Sunday, May 17, noon to 2:30 p.m.
In TED talk, pope urges people to join ‘revolution of tenderness’
Searching for a connection today means more than looking for Wi-Fi, and Pope Francis said in a video that real connections between people are the only hope for the future. (Watch his video here.)
Church needs missionaries, not ‘clericalized’ laity, pope says
The temptation to impose a vocation on laypeople as some kind of validation of their service in the church "worries me," the pope said April 27 during a meeting with members of Catholic Action.
Between election rounds, French cardinal deplores ‘democracy gone mad’
France's Catholic primate has condemned the current presidential campaign as his country's "worst ever" and urged Christians to help prevent democracy from "losing its sense."
Cardinal Dolan pans Democrats’ pro-abortion pledge
After the Democratic National Committee's leader vowed to support only pro-abortion candidates, Cardinal Timothy Dolan urged Democrats to "challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position."
If it seems parenting never ends, it’s true
The overlooked lesson for parents -- rookies, veterans and those in between -- is that you never get caught up on parenting. And don't think that you should, advises veteran dad Bill Dodds.
Discrimination at Lutheran day care should concern Catholics
Richard Doerflinger explains the ramifications of a Supreme Court case in which Missouri law bars public funds for safe playgrounds only at religious schools.
Of genocide and the people who kept ‘The Promise’
In the vein of epics like "Doctor Zhivago," this new film melds a lesson on the little-known genocide of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Turks 100 years ago with a tender love story.
Hollywood tackles Armenian genocide in new film
At a screening of "The Promise" at a New York Archdiocese venue, the makers of the film drew parallels between the tragedy a century ago and similar crises in the world today.
‘Blackwood Crossing’ a top choice for a spiritually rich video game
Psychologically and spiritually rich, "Blackwood Crossing" is a narrative-driven experience that combines, in equal parts, "Alice in Wonderland," a railroad whodunit and the kind of magical realism associated with director Guillermo del Toro.
Bonner-Prendergast duo hit 100-goal mark on same day
Senior girls' lacrosse stars Keeley Weis and Paige Brady notched the career scoring milestone together on April 11 in a win over Hallahan. Typically, they passed praise to their coach and teammates.
Michigan head coach says meeting pope was ’emotional, beautiful’
As someone accustomed to the stress of the gridiron, University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh said he was touched by Pope Francis' peaceful presence.