Mass honors years of service by 236 religious educators in archdiocese
Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated Mass Jan. 14 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul for parish directors of religious education and volunteer catechists, all of whom enjoy teaching the faith to the young.
Two Northeast Philadelphia parishes plan for sustainability
Our Lady of Ransom and Resurrection of Our Lord are beginning the archdiocesan parish planning initiative, which may result in a merger or parish partnership. A decision is expected by the spring.
Gathering honors memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On the commemoration of the civil rights hero's birthday Jan. 16, Archbishop Charles Chaput led a prayer service and discussion on race relations at St. Philip Neri Parish, Lafayette Hill.
Calendar of Events
Parish leaders invited to workshop for 21st century communications
Anyone in parish ministry seeking to communicate more effectively with their parishioners, beyond using the weekly bulletin, is invited to a half-day workshop on Friday, Feb. 10 at St. Charles Seminary.
Straight talk about annulments
Get answers to “scratch your head questions” concerning annulments and learn about recent changes to the process at a free informational session on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at St. Jude Church, Chalfont.
24th annual Chester County March for Life
The local March for Life will be held Jan. 22 at St. Agnes Church in West Chester, including a program of speakers and music. A march with pro-life signs to the old Chester County Courthouse will follow.
New embassy a sign of pope’s love for Palestine, Abbas says
Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the contribution of Catholics in Palestine, and of protection of holy sites “for believers of all three of the Abrahamic religions.”
In Holy Land visit, bishops see problems related to Israeli settlements
Thirteen bishops from North America and Europe visited the Tent of Nations as part of the Holy Land Coordination, which meets every January to focus on prayer, pilgrimage and solidarity with the Christian communities in the Holy Land.
In visit to Kurdistan, U.S. bishop hears priorities of Iraqi Christians
After meeting with church leaders in northern Iraq, a U.S. bishop said he will advocate differently for Iraqi religious minorities.
Catholics seek common ground with Trump administration
Five panelists addressed the role the Catholic faith can play as the country gets ready for the incoming Trump administration. Some speakers expressed optimism, others apprehension.
For a decade, ministry helps women transition from prison
The Sisters of St. Francis in Iowa funded the outreach ministry Clare Guest House in 2006, and since then 106 women on parole have called a two-story, five bedroom house their home for up to six months.
Bishop disappointed with change in U.S. policy to Cuban refugees
"Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries."
Homicides take the heart out of us, but education remains the key
Father Eugene Hemrick bemoans the many killings in his home city of Chicago. We should promote peace and peacemakers in our schools, he argues, and we should teach prayer as a way of appreciating the Giver of Life.
How to repair relationships after damage of addiction
The founder of an addictions recovery organization offers four essential tips to salvaging relationships torn by people living with addiction. It's a serious beast, but with guidance and patience, peace may be found.
Is it sinful to tell a ‘white lie’ to spare someone’s feelings?
A simple question sometimes requires a complex answer. Father Ken Doyle examines the catechism's take on lying, and "whether or not it is appropriate to reveal the truth to someone who asks for it."
Archbishop Chaput's column
Remembering a man of peace and conscience
Archbishop Charles Chaput advises Catholics learn a lesson in following a well-formed Christian conscience from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is celebrated Jan. 16. King lamented lax Christians, and so should we.
You won’t nap in the noisy, vulgar and violent ‘Sleepless’
A script awash in blood (and silliness) tries to keep viewers guessing until the very end as loyalties shift and true identities are revealed. The last-minute message that crime doesn't pay barely salvages this film.
If they say ‘The Bye Bye Man’ one more time, you’ll scream
A monster who causes hallucinations that set each of three college friends against the others ought to be terrifying, but it's just tiresome. That may be viewers' reaction to the ad nauseum repetitions of the title name.
‘Patriots Day’: opposing evil of terrorism with love, decency
The carnage shown in this dramatization of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath is not gratuitous, while the film's courageous message is powerfully delivered by Mark Wahlberg's Everyman character.