U.S. Catholic parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse
How long viewers will see the moon obscuring the sun depends on their location. Since the event is drawing thousands to places where they can get a better view, some Catholic institutions hope the visitors will stay awhile.
Report: Icelanders with Down syndrome ‘disappearing’
With only one or two people born with Down's each year in the country, on average, Iceland exemplifies what pro-lifers say is the tragic reality of an abortion-driven society where certain people are "eradicated."
Just-war tests not met in North Korea situation, ethicists say
Catholic thinkers explain that a "preventive war" cannot be considered just under church teaching. "Bellicose rantings by North Korea don't constitute just cause for the use of force," said one expert. "A nuclear war would be morally reprehensible."
Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain
Although the Islamic State group claimed credit for attacks in Barcelona that killed 13, "local Muslims are just as shocked and horrified as everyone else," said the dean of the city's cathedral.
For 20 million Africans, conflict added to drought means famine
The worst food crisis in 70 years is impacting people in four African nations where church-led groups and others are providing humanitarian assistance. The crisis is made worse by ongoing wars and poor infrastructure.
Where to give: How you can help starving people most in need
Want to help organizations offering food support to people in Africa and Yemen? The following Catholic organizations in the United States and six other countries will accept donations.
Indian Catholics celebrate their faith and ethnic heritage
Two parish communities of the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Catholic rites joined to celebrate their shared Indian heritage and Christian faith with a Mass and party including Indian food, music and dance.
Is addiction sin or sickness? A complex and timely inquiry
In our series “The Opioid Epidemic: A Catholic Perspective,” moral theologians offer guidance not only for people seeking healing in this time of national drug abuse emergency, but also for society and the world.
Nazi salute ‘compounds the obscenity’ of racism, Archbishop Chaput says
Last weekend's violence in Charlottesville matters because it's a snapshot of our public unraveling into real hatreds brutally expressed and a collapse of restraint, the archbishop said in a statement.
St. William Parish’s youths help needy Philadelphians
Teenager Alexa Baldon organized other young people in her Northeast Philadelphia parish to run a food drive for Aid for Friends, which helps senior shut-ins. They packaged breakfast bags and letters Aug. 13.
Calendar of Events
Join video stream of State of Vocations Address on Facebook
Learn how you and your parish, school, family and community can help create a culture of vocations in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by watching the Facebook Live event on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
St. Teresa of Calcutta Community Festival
The ninth annual festival offers a wide range of fun for all ages, including rides, games, live music, raffles, and refreshments.
Requiem Mass for girl who met Pope Francis
On August 22, Holy Martyrs Parish in Oreland will remember Philomena Stendardo, the Philadelphia girl whose battle with brain cancer inspired a social media campaign for prayer and led to a visit with Pope Francis.
Indian Catholic Heritage Day
Watch our video of the day celebrating Indian culture on the 70th anniversary of the state of India, and of the Catholic Christian faith rooted in apostolic times in the country.
Carmelite Monastery welcomes new nuns with Latin Mass
Bishop Michael Fitzgerald preached at a Mass July 26 at the Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia as the cloistered community of sisters celebrated its 115th anniversary in the city and welcomed 10 nuns.
A gentile woman’s persistent faith shows that salvation is for all
Msgr. Joseph Prior reflects on this Sunday's Gospel, showing how it continues to emphasize our call to faith, an invitation that extends to all peoples.
Readings of the holy Mass – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read or listen to the readings before Mass with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.