Supreme Court will hear travel ban, allow some limits on immigration
The ban "may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," the court said, but "all other foreign nationals are subject to the provisions of (the executive order)."
Religious freedom supporters applaud decision siding with Lutheran school
Religious liberty won June 26 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot discriminate against religious institutions in the distribution of state funds for nonreligious activities.
Court says church school can’t be barred from state funds for playground
In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court June 26 said a Lutheran preschool should not be excluded from a state grant program to refurbish its playground surface just because it is a religious entity.
For a century, Puerto Ricans have shared faith, citizenship
The mostly Catholic residents of the Caribbean island have lived in Philadelphia since the early 20th century, bringing their Catholic faith and cultural traditions into the city's mix of peoples.
The hardest talk: Racism in parishes
The recent discussion on the prejudices people carry into parish life, which often are swept under the rug, were discussed openly at the final session in a four-part series on racism this year in archdiocesan parishes.
Impact of legalized marijuana needs greater study, Vatican official says
Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson said that while scientific studies on the therapeutic uses of marijuana must be evaluated, the ongoing "lively" debate on its legalization for possible therapeutic uses "tends to neglect any ethical judgement of the substance, in itself negative like with any other drug."
Philippine bishops’ head warns Catholics against fake news
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said misinformation is hampering sound decision-making, "many times with disastrous long-term consequences to persons and to communities."
South Sudan churches decry warring factions for ignoring people’s needs
The heads of the member churches of the South Sudan Council of Churches criticized the country's political leaders "on all sides" for placing political and personal interests above the needs of ordinary people, which they said has led to economic decline, famine and ongoing violence.
Slow down and don’t swerve into life’s oncoming traffic
If we handle our delays and hardships with patience and humility we can follow God's paths, even the unpaved ones, to get where we need to go, writes Gina Christian.
Calendar of Events
AbbeyFest 2017 sets September date, new artists’ lineup
Christian artist Matt Maher and co-headliner Mandisa take the stage Sept. 16 at Daylesford Abbey in the annual festival designed to bring faith, music and family to an experience with Jesus.
Tolton Movie Screening
The Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood invites you to help create a Culture of Vocations by reflecting on the life of Augustus Tolton and his heroic journey to the priesthood.
Reboot! Live! with Chris Stefanick at St. Philip Neri
This event will be held in October at St. Philip Neri in Lafayette Hill.
Praying for immigrants
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez prays that Americans see themselves in the faces of new immigrants to the U.S. -- may we see in them our own desire for happiness and to be welcomed and loved.
The coming synod and the need to really listen to Hispanic youth
Hosffman Ospino hopes dioceses can see the results of a Vatican questionnaire to Hispanic youth. The church must rely not only on a survey but on going out to where young people are.
A call to oppose the rise of rudeness
The climate of courtesy in the U.S. may have plunged, but Effie Caldarola believes we should make our lives speak of respect and mercy. We should "go high" even as other folks are "going low."
Scenes from graduation days across the archdiocese
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 17 high schools throughout the five-county region recently celebrated their baccalaureate Masses and commencement exercises for the Class of 2017.
Archbishop Chaput ordains 12 men to diaconate
The men from suburban Philadelphia became deacons June 10 in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul as their wives, families, fellow deacons and priests supported them in prayer.
Viewers of ‘All Eyez on Me’ might want to avert their ears
Radical politics and the wayward values of hip-hop culture take this profanity-laden, intense and rarely insightful biography of rapper Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), off course.
Beauty, poetry of classic hymns comes through in book, audio CD
Anthony Esolen, an accomplished literary scholar who is a faithful Catholic, turns his attention to the poetry of our beloved classic hymns in "Real Music." The book and accompanying audio CD captivate at every turn.