Biggest-ever crowd rocks Paoli for AbbeyFest
In just its fourth year, the music festival drew 4,000 young people and families for a full day of contemporary Christian music, eucharistic prayer and sacraments, plus food and games, at the Norbertine Fathers' Daylesford Abbey.
Consecrated women, men religious celebrate anniversaries
CatholicPhilly.com recognizes the religious sisters, brothers and priests serving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are marking significant anniversaries of religious life this year. See our full list of 251 jubilarians.
AbbeyFest 2017 is a hit for teens, families and the church
Thousands of people came to Daylesford Abbey in Paoli for the fourth annual AbbeyFest, a day-long celebration featuring top contemporary Christian musical acts, games and communal prayer under the stars.
Across the Aisles: SS. Philip and James Parish, Exton
The lay faithful and religious sisters at the Chester County parish joined their pastor, Father Joseph Dieckhaus as he celebrated the Mass in the parish church on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Catholic agencies prepared to help in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the hurricane had the potential of being the "most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century."
D.C. summit to highlight hardships facing Middle East Christians
Instability, lack of basic needs, terror attacks on places of worship and genocide are among the hardships faced by Christians and other ancient minority groups in the Middle East, said a Washington-based advocacy organization seeking to help.
Catholics need ‘profound renewal’ of catechesis, archbishop tells sisters
Archbishop Rino Fisichella told dozens of religious sisters gathered in Northwest Chicago Sept. 17 that there is wrong thinking among the faithful that once they receive the sacraments, they no longer have to learn their catechism.
Pope prays for victims of Mexico quake
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Sept. 19 to the southeast of the city, killing hundreds.
Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake
Mexican church leaders offered prayers and urged generosity after an earthquake struck the national capital and its environs, claiming more than 240 lives -- including at least 20 children trapped in a collapsed school.
Caritas staffers in Germany juggle duties as they help refugees
They juggle many responsibilities, including providing care and support to refugees fleeing conflict and economic deprivation. At other times, Caritas workers find themselves having to give a motivational push to refugees to improve German language skills and pursue job prospects.
Calendar of Events
Celebrate the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Philip Neri Parish in East Greenville will host a two-part event on Sept. 19 and Oct. 1 commemorating the saint's feast day with a talk and a bus tour at St. Philip Neri Catholic Family Life Center.
Mount St. Mary’s hosts weekend in honor of last Fatima apparition
The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Maryland is the site of the Oct. 13-15 observance of the last apparitions of Mary in Fatima 100 years ago, featuring rosary devotions, confessions and Mass.
Holy rosary at the Cathedral will mark Marian feast day
Faithful from across the archdiocese will gather at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. All are invited to pray for a wide range of intentions.
How to have hope: Pope Francis gives point-by-point guide
Continuing his series of audience talks on Christian hope, the pope gave extensive advice on how to teach people, especially young people, to remain full of hope. No matter "where God has planted you, hope. Always hope," he said.
Twice divorced woman can seek healing in the sacraments
Many divorced Catholics are under the mistaken impression that a divorce alone renders them ineligible for the sacraments, but that is not so, writes Father Ken Doyle. Unless they have remarried, they may receive Communion after first going to confession.
Complexities of immigration meet the eternal wisdom of God
The Bible shows that immigration is God's means for emancipation, writes Father Eugene Hemrick, and today's newcomers enhance the life of the church and nation. But without considering God's law, immigration laws have no possibility of succeeding.
Young adult ministry accompanied me during addiction recovery
The compassion of fellow parishioners helped Scott Weeman find new life after a lonely struggle with drugs and alcohol. Their shared vulnerability formed new spiritual bonds.
Archbishop Chaput's calendar
Archbishop Chaput’s public calendar for Monday, Sept. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 24
See this week's public schedule for Archbishop Chaput.
‘Mother!’ gets its main topic, religion, horribly wrong
This chaotic and puzzling allegory on faith is relentlessly negative and briefly sacrilegious. Viewers enduring the two-hour ordeal will scratch their head and recoil from the grotesque caricatures of the Passion of Jesus and the Eucharist.
You get one guess about the topic of ‘American Assassin’
The most obvious film title of the year goes to this action thriller requiring a strong stomach and extreme patience. By its end the movie finally comes to its senses, and good triumphs over evil.