In after-school programs, the kids are in good hands
At the 15 Out of School Time programs in Philadelphia run by Catholic Social Services, children have a safe and fun place for homework and play after the school bell rings. Parents have peace of mind while they work.
Archbishop Chaput lauds repeal of rules for transgender students
Those in "difficult situations" should be able to express them "without infringing on legitimate concerns about privacy and security on the part of all young students and parents,” two bishops said Feb. 24.
Statewide award fits entrepreneur-inventors like a glove
A team of four students from Archbishop Wood High School took home honors for their invention of a therapeutic glove for arthritis sufferers. As part of the contest, they also had to raise capital investment through sales pitches.
Leaders call for Catholic sanctuary movement to blunt deportation crackdown
Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Edward Deliman got a standing ovation from 600 leaders when he suggested every Catholic parish declare itself a sanctuary church for immigrants fearing forced removal and the breakup of family life.
Governor’s veto on defunding Planned Parenthood called ‘deeply offensive’
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto comes at the "expense of comprehensive health care for women" because the defunding measure would have redirected state dollars to provide primary care to women and their families.
U.S. senators discuss trafficking, immigration with Vatican officials
Sen. Bob Corker told reporters Feb. 24 that while modern slavery was the focus of his visit, with so much international attention on President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, "certainly it came up.
Across the Aisles: St. Katharine of Siena Church, Wayne
Parishioners and guests of the parish on Philadelphia's Main Line gathered for Mass Sunday morning, Feb. 19, led by their pastor, Msgr. Hans Brouwers. The parish is planning the 100th anniversary of the school.
Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life
The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away.
Argentine attorney representing workers stays friends with Pope Francis
Grass-roots organizing that seeks to overcome what Pope Francis has called "the economy of exclusion" is vital to the work of the Catholic Church, said Juan Grabois.
Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, pope says
"The right to water is essential for the survival of persons and decisive for the future of humanity," the pope said.
Calendar of Events
Mass for those with addictions, and loved ones, set for cathedral
Addiction has touched many families and taken too many of loved ones. All those living with addictions are invited, along with their loved ones, to a Mass March 11 in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
Brookhaven parish offers ‘Catholics Reaching Out’ program
Our Lady of Charity Parish invites practicing Catholics and those who have been away to deepen their relationship with Jesus by attending Tuesday evening sessions on March 28, April 18 and April 25.
Craft show coming to Conwell-Egan HS, to benefit students
Crafters, vendors, a bake sale, auction table, chances plus food and drinks will be available, and photos with the Easter Bunny are free, at the event March 5 at the school in Fairless Hills.
It comes down this: Two games in one legendary place
The Catholic League basketball finals return to the famed Palestra on Monday night. See our preview of both the girls' (O'Hara vs. Wood) and the boys' (Wood vs. Neumann-Goretti) games, and what got them here.
People and Events
Lessons of life and caring: A little chick shall lead them
The third grade children at St. Ephrem School in Bensalem cared for seven eggs until they hatched, then cared for the chicks, during a classroom project last week. Don't miss our endearing photos.
St. Vincent Parish featured in televised Mass
Participants from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in the Mass airing Sunday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 a.m. on Channel 6 were omitted from the closing credits.
Pa. Speaker Turzai: Expanding school tax credits a good investment
Writer Amy Hill interviews Rep. Mike Turzai, who calls for more EITC and OSTC state tuition tax credits that provide aid to thousands of nonpublic school parents, enabling more to choose the best school for their children.
Egg/sperm donation industry is a religious liberty issue
Denying the right of children conceived artificially to "honor your father and your mother" makes this a civil rights issue, writes Ellen Giangiordano, and private citizen Barack Obama should support its prohibition.
America, land of prosperity: Even the word means hope
Christ reached out to the outcasts of his day, showing us that no barrier should stop us from helping one another, writes Father Eugene Hemrick. Prosperity is not only about economic progress but seeking the good of others.
Lent: A special time to probe deeper into prayer
During Lent, Catholics are challenged to embrace the season's three "pillars" -- prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Our resources help explore the Catholic Church's rich traditions of prayers -- for today's Catholics.