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West Catholic Preparatory High School President  Brother Richard Kestler, F.S.C. (right), shows his gratitude for Helen and Leonard Mazur's $5 million gift at the school April 28. (Photo by Sarah Webb)
April 29th, 2016

West Catholic HS alum gives $5 million in largest-ever gift to school

Leonard Mazur, class of 1963, and his wife Helen visited the school April 28, advising the students to help others someday as they have been helped. In his remarkable life people helped him when he needed it.

April 29th, 2016

Local Catholic grad taken in 1st round of NFL draft

Will Fuller, selected by the Houston Texans as the 21st overall pick, has overcome obstacles on the way to a pro football career. His coach at Roman Catholic H.S. recalls Fuller’s hard work and his modesty.

April 29th, 2016

Suspects arrested in alleged plot against Vatican, Israeli embassy

Italian authorities arrested six suspects, all of Moroccan origin, who allegedly received orders from the Islamic State terrorist group in February and March of this year via the WhatsApp mobile messaging service.

April 29th, 2016

Militias of Iraqi Christians resist Islamic State amid sectarian strife

The Nineveh Plain Protection Units, which number about 300 soldiers, want to drive IS militants out of Iraq. They fight with a wary eye too on Kurds and the Iraqi government, by whom they feel betrayed.

April 29th, 2016

Interfaith prayer service calls for change on anniversary of Baltimore riots

The prayer service included more than three dozen clergy members from the Baltimore area. Faiths represented included Catholic and other Christian churches, as well as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

April 29th, 2016

French cardinal admits errors on abuse, meets with archdiocesan priests

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is pictured in a 2007 photo. (CNS photo/Mohamed Messare, EPA) “The cardinal has accepted the archdiocese committed errors in managing and nominating certain priests and has reiterated how important it is for victims of sexual abuse by clergy to see their right to truth and justice recognized.”

April 29th, 2016

On response to ISIS genocide, advocates ask: ‘Where are you, world?’

The head of the Knights of Columbus and others are rallying support at the U.N. for legal action against the Islamic State, who they blame for religious persecution, child torture and millions driven from their homes.

April 29th, 2016

Ethics must guide medical research, protect human dignity, pope says

In that way, education and research can strive “to serve higher values, such as solidarity, generosity, magnanimity, sharing of knowledge, respect for human life, and fraternal and selfless love,” he said.

April 29th, 2016

All Catholics have role in renewing marriage, family life, cardinal says

“For the Holy Father, the pastoral mission of the church, focused on the lived expression of mercy and love, is expressed in these four principal activities: listening, accompanying, discerning and evangelizing.”

April 29th, 2016

Syrian archbishop would rather see Canada help Syrians stay home

Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, is pictured in an April 26 photo in Montreal.  (CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence) Ever since the war started, Archbishop Jeanbart has said that his wish is to see the population — and especially the Christians — stay in Syria.

April 29th, 2016

Jesus is ‘going away,’ but his Spirit remains with us

Msgr. Joseph G. PriorMsgr. Joseph Prior explains the Scripture readings for this Sunday’s Mass, which show the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in people’s hearts and in the church since its beginning up to today.

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Across the Aisles: St. Michael Church, Philadelphia

Parishioners of St. Michael’s in North Philadelphia gathered for Mass in Spanish on April 24 as they do every Sunday. But later that day they also went outdoors to sing, dance and pray in a nearby park. See our photo gallery.

  • Father Arturo Chagala welcomes parishoners before mass.
  • People of all ages gather at Norris Square for St. Michael's second annual Great Mission outdoors.
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  • Father Arturo Chagala welcomes all to the Great Mission in Norris Square.
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  • St. Michael Parish processes around Norris Square Park for it's second annual Great Mission outdoors that happens for five Sundays in the Easter season.
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  • Father Arturo Chagala offer a blessing for Pablo Perez on his first birthday at the end of mass.
  • Maria Alameda prays with her family during the Spanish mass at St. Michael Church.
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  • Carmen Ortiz and Karina Valdez present the bread and  wine to Father Arturo Chagala.
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  • Iliana Pagan reads along to Gospel.
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  • Deacon Israel Rosario reads the Gospel of the Lord.
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  • Antonia Rosario
  • Alfonso Pantoja, Laticia Justo and Maria Pantoja pray during the 11:30a.m. Spanish mass at St. Michael Church in West Kensington section of Philadelphia.
  • Patricia Loor, Jasmine Vera and Angel Vera
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  • Father Arturo Chagala, parochial admistrator, and Deacon Isreal Rosario welcome the community at the beginning of mass.
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  • The Spanish Choir of St. Michael Church fill the church with their voices.
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  • The spanish community at St. Michael Church extend their hands to offer a blessing to Pablo Perez on his first birthday.
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  • Nisla Rivera and Maribel Baez