Thousands of Philadelphia-area pro-lifers ready to march on Washington
The weather looks to be fine for the 45th annual March for Life, as Catholics from 53 locations, including high schools and colleges, will witness to the sanctity of human life. Many local events will also observe the anniversary of legalized abortion.
As coach, mentor and influential Catholic, it’s hard to beat Speedy Morris
Capping 50 years as a basketball coach, Morris nabbed his 1,000th career win Jan. 12. Accolades for the devout Catholic family man and ultimate hoops coach came from proteges in scholastic, college and pro ranks.
Young people at forefront of pro-life fight called ‘new Magi’ of movement
Catholic school leaders throughout the U.S. take thousands of their students to the regional or national March for Life events each year in an effort to engage them in the pro-life cause and to eventually pass the torch of leadership to them.
President Trump to address March for Life crowd live via satellite
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at her daily press briefing Jan. 17 that President Donald Trump will become the first president to address the March for Life live from the White House Rose Garden via satellite.
Archbishop brings ‘God’s love’ to mudslide victims with special Mass
One of the hardest things in the world is to keep believing in God's love when we see tragedy," Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said.
Family man now leads area’s largest pro-life organization
Tom Stevens, head of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, has pro-life credentials tracing back to his days as an economics student at Villanova University, where he met his wife. A "bridge-builder," his specialty is helping organizations grow.
Exec with long link to Miraculous Medal Shrine takes the reins
Mary Jo Timlin-Hoag, a former health care executive, has been named to lead the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, the first woman to do so in its 103-year history. Given her own history and devotion to Mary, it's a natural fit.
‘No one can replace a mother,’ Chilean inmate tells Pope Francis
Pope Francis has visited other prisons, but this was the first time on his travels as pope that he visited one just for women. He was greeted by women standing with their babies in their arms.
Division, segregation a threat to humanity, pope tells indigenous people
Celebrating Mass in a land steeped in indigenous history and culture, Pope Francis said the greatest threat facing humanity is the stifling of differences driven by the idea that some cultures are better than others.
In Canada, new law could mean changing route of March for Life
The new law establishes a 50-meter, no-protest zone around eight abortion facilities in Ontario and a 15-meter zone around the homes of doctors and others involved in providing abortion services.
Assisted suicide: It’s about all of us
"Terminal diseases" like depression, lack of wealth and old age can lead to a quick death under Oregon's physician assisted suicide law, writes Richard Doerflinger. That is why it's a matter of justice for all of society.
The imperative of educating Hispanic children in Catholic schools
There are 14.6 million school-age Catholic children in the U.S., of whom 8 million are Hispanic. Because they will help define the present and the future of Catholicism here, writes Hosffman Ospino, we cannot lose them.
Caring for ‘the other America’
The 2016 election attracted much attention to the residents of small towns and rural areas between the crowded coastal states and media centers. Greg Erlandson knows the deep Catholic roots in these communities, and their suffering.
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Who let the dogs out?
What do the "underdog" Philadelphia Eagles have to do with this Sunday's Gospel reading? In his podcast Father Matt Guckin explains that the apostles were the classic underdogs who, like us, are transformed by Jesus' call to follow him.
CSS, Narberth parish rally to welcome refugee families
Catholic Social Services offered welcome baskets for 12 refugee families on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Volunteers filled baskets with food and clothing at St. Margaret Parish in Narberth and met with refugee families.
A deluge of divine grace
Water, as both life giver and destroyer, appears often in the Scriptures and a little too much in our lives lately, reflects Gina Christian. The Lord is very much in the midst of the floods of our lives.
On the sacraments: Confirmation
A new catechetical series of stories on the Catholic sacraments by our partner Catholic News Service continues with a focus on confirmation, which strengthens the grace received at baptism.
Irish bishop recalls Cranberries’ musician for her faith, inspiration
Dolores O'Riordan, 46, died suddenly Jan. 15 in London, where she had been due to record material for a new release. Police were investigating her death, calling it "unexplained."
Father Francis X. Herron, last of 3 priest brothers, dies at 87
The former pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish and St. Irenaeus Parish, both in Philadelphia, died Jan. 6. His funeral will be celebrated Jan. 17 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Springfield.
Sister Rita Marie Burian, 83, taught for 49 years in local schools
The religious sister had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 56 years. She taught mostly at St. Benedict and St. Bonaventure in Philadelphia and at St. Stanislaus, Lansdale.
Calendar of Events
Addictions Mass coming to St. Eleanor Church
The parish in Collegeville will host the Mass, plus confessions and adoration, on Saturday morning, Jan. 27. Participants will draw strength from one another in the power of faith for those suffering from addiction.
Good Shepherd Catholic School Open House
All are welcome to join us at our Open House and see what GSC is all about!
Pro-life rally coming to Northeast Philadelphia Jan. 21
The Sunday afternoon rally at St. Katherine of Siena Church observes the 45th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in America.
‘Hostiles’: The guilt of a nation writ on every heart
Every character in this Western shows an overwhelmingly sensitive conscience about the genocide of Native Americans and how they'll be regarded by history. Violence and racism are portrayed realistically, without mythology or joy.
As sweet as tea, ‘Forever My Girl’ is a bit too saccharine
Reflection comes across as sleepiness, small-town life is idealized and the romantic and faith-based elements of this admirable low-budget film attempt to smooth over stilted performances and dialogue.
‘Proud Mary’ is a wild shoot-’em-up in a hit woman’s conversion story
Both violent and sentimental, the film is all style and no credibility because its screenplay fails to lay the foundation either of its farfetched plot or of the adoptive relationship at its center.