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July 29th, 2015

Taking the train to see the pope? Good luck

After its website buckled under the demand for one-day passes for the Sept. 26-27 visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, SEPTA rolled out a lottery to get the passes starting next Monday.

July 29th, 2015

Taking the train to see the pope? Good luck

After its website buckled under the demand for one-day passes for the Sept. 26-27 visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, SEPTA rolled out a lottery to get the passes starting next Monday.

July 28th, 2015

The roots of same-sex marriage run through the pill

John GarveyUnless heterosexual couples recover the virtue of chastity — viewing sex as connected to marriage and fertility — they have no moral warrant for imposing it on their gay friends, writes John Garvey.

July 28th, 2015

Learning to take the wheel of your own life

Karen OsborneKaren Osborne advises young people not to sit passively as in the back seat but to stay alert and actively participate in the everyday moments of their life.

July 28th, 2015

New Gallup poll shows pope’s favorability drops among Americans

Pope Francis smiles on board papal plane during his return to Rome from Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12. New Gallup poll shows pope's favorability has dropped among Americans. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) A new Gallup poll shows that the favorability rating for the pontiff among U.S. respondents is now about 59 percent, down from 76 percent in early 2014 and close to the 58 percent rating Americans gave him when he was elected pope in March 2013.

July 28th, 2015

Catholic officials, others react to Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay leaders

The Boy Scouts’ decision does not affect decisions about leaders made by local troops and councils and also permits religiously chartered Scout troops to choose leaders whose values are consistent with those of the sponsoring faith.

July 28th, 2015

St. Joseph the Worker Church gets a retirement send off

Former parishioners got a last look at the closed Fallsington, Bucks County church during an open house Sunday before the sale of the property becomes final.

July 28th, 2015

World Youth Day registration begins; pope is first person to sign up

Accompanied by two Polish teenagers who wore World Youth Day 2016 T-shirts, the pope had to make a couple of attempts pressing the screen of a tablet before his online registration went through.

July 28th, 2015

Blessed Serra described as missionary ‘on fire’ heeding Christ’s call

Blessed Junipero Serra is depicted with a California Indian in a painting in early May at Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana in Mission Hills, Calif. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) .To Andrew Galvan, Blessed Junipero Serra is a stalwart of faith and mission worthy of the title “saint.”

July 28th, 2015

Appellate panel reverses decision that favored pro-life pharmacists

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals July 23 reversed a lower court ruling that had granted some pro-life pharmacists at a Ralph’s grocery store pharmacy in Washington state the right on religious grounds to refuse to stock emergency contraception or fill such prescriptions.

July 28th, 2015

Reauthorization of education law said to put ‘needs of children first’

In reauthorizing the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the House and Senate have made “significant improvements for providing equitable services for students and teachers in religious, private and independent schools,” said a U.S. archbishop.

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Chester’s new parish pastor gets joyful, prayerful welcome

See our photo gallery of the installation of Father Thomas P. Whittingham as the new pastor of the diverse and vibrant St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester.

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  • Mary Freeman
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  • Gail Brown
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  • Presentation of the Pastor and
Greeting by Representatives of the Parish
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  • Presentation of the Pastor and
Greeting by Representatives of the Parish
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  • Fr Tom alone stands before Bishop McIntyre for the renewal of promises.
  • Fr Tome leads the assembly in the Profession of Faith .
  • Fr Tom alone stands before Bishop McIntyre for the renewal of promises.
  • servers Matt Ziff, Nick Romeo, Jaime Puente-Cantillo
  • The Bartolon Family
  • BIshop McIntyre blesses Deacon Bill Bradley before he reads the Gospel.
  • cantor Tyrone Lopez
  • Joan Jackson
  • Fransetta Washington and her great nephew Zanya Hubbard
  • choir led by Mary Lopez
  • parishioner and parish van driver Dorothy Murphy prays at the Saint Katharine Drexel Shrine in the rear of the church
  • Fr Tom Whittingham address the congregation after mass
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  • Fr Tom places his hands on the 
Book of the Gospels 
and recites the 
Oath of Fidelity
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  • Lectro Gus Iugay
  • Thurifer Chris Bawley, crucifix Jaime Puente-Cantillo