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Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on March 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
July 25th, 2014

Archbishop Chaput says pope will visit Philadelphia in September 2015

“Pope Francis has told me that he is coming” to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year, Archbishop Charles Chaput said July 24, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican.

July 26th, 2014

In El Salvador, priests work to fight influence of gangs

TONACATEPEQUE, El Salvador (CNS) — Gangs once menaced this bedroom community on the outskirts of San Salvador; residents would lock themselves in their homes after dark. The gangs charged residents extortion — “rent” — to live in Tonacatepeque and carried out killings in the community — sometimes attacking residents; other times settling scores among themselves in the streets.

July 26th, 2014

Changes in synod process designed to increase discussion, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will be shorter than a usual synod and will include new rules aimed at helping the bishops really grapple with the issues together, said the general secretary of the synod.

July 26th, 2014

Native American Catholics gather to pray, reflect, recharge their faith

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) — On the 75th anniversary of the Tekakwitha Conference, Native American Catholics came together again to review the past, plan for the future and recharge their faith.
More than 750 people from 35 states and representing 135 tribes gathered under the theme “To walk humbly,” a nod to namesake St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the [...]

July 26th, 2014

Patriarch decries ‘mass cleansing’ of Mosul by ‘a bed of criminals’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, in Washington to meet with federal government representatives and members of Congress, decried the “mass cleansing” of Christians from Mosul, Iraq, by what he called “a bed of criminals.”

July 26th, 2014

Movie tells story of Catholic high school team’s amazing winning streak

OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) — This is how a movie gets made.

July 26th, 2014

Christian groups urge Obama to take action to stop violence in Gaza

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Christian organizations called on President Barack Obama to take direct action to stop the current violence in the Gaza Strip and to work toward a just peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.

July 26th, 2014

A strong America is not possible without strong Americans, says Rubio

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said that growing up in a “strong and stable family” has given him an advantage in life because he was “taught certain values that result in success.”

July 25th, 2014

Pope shows up at Vatican cafeteria for Friday lunch with workers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican’s blue collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state’s “industrial park.” He acted “normally, like the humblest of the workers,” the chef said.

July 25th, 2014

Syrian Christian leader warns of impending Islamic State assault

NICOSIA, Cyprus (CNS) — A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has warned of an impending assault on the northeastern province of Hassake amid reports that thousands of Islamist fighters are preparing to take control of the predominantly Christian and Kurdish area.

July 25th, 2014

A notable name on a ‘dirty’ list

John GarveyA women’s group calls the Little Sisters of the Poor “dirty” for opposing contraception. John Garvey warns we are going down a dangerous road when those who do not share one narrow view of the world are deemed enemies of the people.

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Hundreds venerate relic of St. John Paul II

The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul welcomed hundreds of Catholics after all Masses July 19-20 for veneration of a relic of the late pope, who was canonized last spring. See a photo gallery by CatholicPhilly.com photographer Sarah Webb.

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  • Father Angelo Hernandez distributes Communion during Mass on Saturday, July 19.Father Angelo Hernandez distributes Communion during Mass on Saturday, July 19.
  • Father Angelo Hernandez, parochial vicar at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, blesses the people with the relic of St. John Paul II at the end of Mass July 19.Father Angelo Hernandez, parochial vicar at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, blesses the people with the relic of St. John Paul II at the end of Mass July 19.
  • People young and old attended Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul after which they venerated the relic of St. John Paul II.People young and old attended Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul after which they venerated the relic of St. John Paul II.
  • A close-up shot of the reliquary and relic, which is the saint's blood still in liquified state. He died in 2005.A close-up shot of the reliquary and relic, which is the saint's blood still in liquified state. He died in 2005.
  • Hundreds of people flock to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to venerate the relic of St. John Paul II.Hundreds of people flock to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to venerate the relic of St. John Paul II.
  • The Knights of Columbus stand guard while the relic of St. John Paul II's blood is venerated after Mass at the cathedral.The Knights of Columbus stand guard while the relic of St. John Paul II's blood is venerated after Mass at the cathedral.
  • Father Gregory Gresko from the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., gives out prayer cards that were touched to the relic.Father Gregory Gresko from the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., gives out prayer cards that were touched to the relic.
  • People wait patiently to venerate the relic of Pope St. John Paul II.People wait patiently to venerate the relic of Pope St. John Paul II.
  • Xavier Hallowell from Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Secane, Delaware County, reads his prayer card after venerating the relic of Pope St. John Paul II.Xavier Hallowell from Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Secane, Delaware County, reads his prayer card after venerating the relic of Pope St. John Paul II.