Friends lend a hand to spruce up historic Catholic cemetery
Volunteers gathered for an Aug. 17 tour and clean-up of St. Joachim Cemetery in Philadelphia's Frankford section, the final resting place of more than 2,400 Irish descendants and a Cuban revolutionary.
In Harrowgate, Catholics get their ‘fighting Irish’ up to face challenges
Supporters of St. Joan of Arc, a worship site of Holy Innocents Parish, gathered for a July 24 Mass and Notre Dame football trip raffle, celebrating both community and some creative fundraising.
Pope Francis honors 40 Catholics in Philadelphia Archdiocese
The awardees, who include lay individuals, couples, a religious sister and a permanent deacon, are recognized for their dedication and service to the church. Archbishop Chaput will confer the honors formally Sept. 5.
Illinois bishop decries ‘crisis of gun violence,’ asks for solutions
According to published statistics, there have been 255 mass shootings -- four or more victims -- in this country already this year. One hundred people a day and 36,500 people a year die from gun violence.
LCWR award recipient embraces ‘holy chaos’ of her ministry to migrants
As the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley on the U.S.-Mexico border, Sister Norma Pimentel sees up to 800 migrants every day pouring into her center in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas.
Outgoing LCWR president asks women religious ‘to model hope’ amid despair
Despite the twists and turns of a world filled with hateful rhetoric and political division, a church beset by a decades-long abuse scandal and the diminishing number of women religious, Catholic sisters are called to stand together and be models of hope.
Ukrainian archbishop rules out ‘appeasement’ of aggressors in renewed fighting
As fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church warned against an "imitation peace" of "capitulation and submission" in the five-year war against Russian-backed separatists.
Priest: Lack of planning to help priests causes issues in southern Africa
A regional bishops' conference representative in southern Africa warned that none of the conferences have set up policies for the financial and other support of clergy.
Pope at Angelus: Christians choose fidelity to Gospel over hypocrisy
Not being a hypocrite, he said, means being ready to "pay the price" of being faithful to the Gospel in concrete situations every day.
Archbishop Chaput visits St. Mary’s, prays at Latin Mass
Archbishop Charles Chaput traveled to Conshohocken and St. Mary Quasi-Parish to confirm several young people Aug. 11. He presided during the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Latin.
Pilgrimage in pictures: Our Lady of Czestochowa
Prior to the feast of the Assumption, hundreds walked from Philadelphia to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, joining more than 3,000 fellow pilgrims from New Jersey. Now in its 18th year, the three-day trek is a beloved, prayerful tradition.
Step by step, pilgrims draw closer to Mary
Hundreds of area Catholics walked from St. Adalbert Church in Philadelphia to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, undertaking a three-day, 35-mile journey that deepened both their faith and their sense of community.
Archbishop Chaput's column
Every woman: Unique and unrepeatable
Archbishop Charles Chaput invites all women to the Catholic Women's Conference Oct. 26 to reflect with their sisters in Christ on the mission for their lives, and how they were made for greatness.
Do we really believe in the Real Presence?
Whether or not a recent survey on Catholics' belief in the Eucharist was flawed, Greg Erlandson thinks surveys underscore the need for adult faith formation. We're paying the price for insufficient religious education.
Walking by a Catholic church, where a eucharistic miracle resides
Elise Italiano Ureneck compares the wonder of a miracle in Italy with the results of a Pew study showing Catholics' misunderstanding of the Eucharist. Our culture's focus on image over reality is one cause.
That ‘milestone’ birthday? It’s just a number
Maureen Pratt won't accept preconceived notions of what her new age means. Inspired by people past and present who acted on God’s direction no matter their age, she is grateful for this time, whatever the number.
There’s a fire on earth, fanned by Jesus, in love
Msgr. Joseph Prior explains the Gospel and Jesus' disturbing call for division. Jesus seeks a purifying fire of love among people who will choose unity with each other and the Father, not the way of the world.
Divine providence reveals the Lord’s love in countless ways
"Chance" encounters and help at the right time are just hints of the loving presence of God in our everyday lives, even amid suffering. In this set of articles from our partner Catholic News Service, we examine how the Lord mysteriously works all things for our good.
Calendar of Events
Miraculous Medal Shrine to host Our Lady of Knock Mass
The Aug. 21 Mass will include music by Irish-American singer Andy Cooney, followed by a reception. The gathering is part of a tristate effort to build a local shrine in honor of Ireland's beloved patroness.
John W Hallahan High School Fall Open House
Come learn more about our vibrant community, affordability, dual degree program with The Community College of Philadelphia which will allow students to graduate with BOTH a high school diploma and an associate's degree in business or allied health.
Book Signing for Challenged Children
A book singing by an Orthodox Jew who became a spokesman for two popes will be held at Barnes & Noble, Willow Grove, Saturday, Sept. 7 from noon to 2 p.m.
‘Angry Birds Movie 2’ spreads its wings and flies high
The flightless fowl of the beloved app soar in a sequel that's funnier and more heartwarming than their 2016 film debut. The feathery fun, which includes a solid moral lesson, will appeal to fans of all ages.
New books outline history, modern realities of religious liberty
New works by Robert Louis Wilken and Steven Waldman offer insight to a debate that is often dominated by passion and emotion. Analyzing philosophy, history, theology and political science, each scholar asserts that tolerance ensures freedom of religion.
‘Good Boys’ are anything but
The R-rated buddy movie exploits a trio of tween actors for attempted laughs over wildly age-inappropriate subjects, including promiscuity, pornography and drug use.