Special collection will aid Diocese of St. Thomas in U.S. Virgin Islands
The diocese, led by a former priest of Philadelphia, Bishop Herbert Bevard, was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The parish collection may be taken up for the diocese over the next three weekends.
Pro-life rally and walk Sunday in Phila. lead Respect Life Month activities
The public pro-life event Sept. 24 in Sister Cities Park will kick off the 40 Days for Life campaign locally, followed by Mass. A day for high school-age respect life leaders is coming in early October.
Archbishop Chaput offers prayers for Jewish High Holy Days
"These are days of prayer, reflection, and new beginnings," wrote Archbishop Charles Chaput. "May everyone in the local Jewish community experience good health, wisdom and true peace in the year ahead."
After five years, schools stabilized, thanks to Faith in the Future
The foundation formed in the wake of recommendations to close Catholic schools has recruited donors and strengthened board governance to make schools affordable and excellent, and keep them open.
Calendar of Events
Archbishop’s Lecture Series goes back to the Bible
The new season of these popular talks kicks off with a presentation on Father Raymond E. Brown, one of the most influential Catholic Scripture scholars in modern times. Father Donald Senior, C.P., will survey Father Brown's work in the context of modern biblical research.
St. William opens new series with concert honoring the Blessed Mother
The Northeast Philadelphia parish will present a program of choral music in honor of the Blessed Mother on Oct. 15.
Free Library series features two poets from Catholic universities
James Matthew Wilson of Villanova University and Ryan Wilson of the Catholic University of America will present original works as part of the "Monday Poets" series on Oct. 2.
Bishops: Amend repeal bill to protect poor, keep ban on abortion coverage
"As you consider the Graham-Cassidy legislation as a possible replacement for the Affordable Care Act, we urge you to think of the harm that will be caused to poor and vulnerable people and amend the legislation while retaining its positive features," the bishops said in a letter to all senators.
After repeated pinnings, Senate goes to the mat again on ACA repeal
The latest bill is one co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. It would repeal the ACA and replace it with block grants for the states to spend as they see fit. The block grants' size, though, would shrink over time and disappear altogether in 2027.
Bishop calls on U.S. to provide aid, act to resolve Rohingya crisis
The number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh from persecution in Myanmar has slowed but could still be as high as half a million, even as reports suggest Muslim villages in northern Rakhine were burning as late as Sept. 21.
Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises ‘zero tolerance’
Having listened to abuse survivors and having made what he described as a mistake in approving a more lenient set of sanctions against an Italian priest abuser, the pope said he has decided whoever has been proven guilty of abuse has no right to an appeal, and he will never grant a papal pardon.
Pope makes surprise visit to Rome rehabilitation center
Pope Francis, continuing his Friday afternoon visits to people who are suffering or in need of encouragement, visited a facility for people with neurological disorders or nerve damage.
Jesuits to continue working in Vatican communications
The Vatican Secretariat for Communication and the Jesuits have signed a formal agreement ensuring a Jesuit presence in Vatican media, even after the Jesuit-run Vatican Radio no longer exists as a separate entity.
The ‘unfair’ generosity of God leaves no room for envy
The parable of the workers in the vineyard recalls that God's grace and mercy are undeserved -- and available to all, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.
The Magnificat: Every day is karaoke night with Mary
When Mary "proclaims the greatness of the Lord," she is leading us in a chorus of response to God's call -- a singalong of praise in which we all have a voice, writes Gina Christian.
Readings of the holy Mass – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read or listen to the readings before Mass with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.
Don’t tell O’Hara’s field hockey team this is a rebuilding year
With 14 seniors graduated from last year's Catholic League champion squad, the young lady Lions are off to a fast start because a) they believe in each other and b) they've scored 16 unanswered goals in two games.
AbbeyFest 2017 is a hit for teens, families and the church
Thousands of people came to Daylesford Abbey in Paoli for the fourth annual AbbeyFest, a day-long celebration featuring top contemporary Christian musical acts, games and communal prayer under the stars.
Across the Aisles: SS. Philip and James Parish, Exton
The lay faithful and religious sisters at the Chester County parish joined their pastor, Father Joseph Dieckhaus as he celebrated the Mass in the parish church on Saturday, Sept. 16.
New study of Catholic parishes offers good news, bad news
The latest research on U.S. Catholics both encourages and challenges, writes Greg Erlandson. Mass attendance is down, lay involvement is up -- while vocations, finances and youth outreach remain ongoing concerns.
Civility and church life
Archbishop Chaput comments in the current issue of First Things magazine on the withdrawal of an invitation to Jesuit Father James Martin to speak at a Washington, D.C. seminary, and the nature of discourse in America today.
Christians must stand for dialogue when cyberbullies attack
Online furor led Catholic University's seminary to cancel a talk by Jesuit Father James Martin, author of a book on outreach to the LGBT community. The priest's call for conversation should not be silenced by trolls, writes Effie Caldarola.
Showcasing autistic physician, ‘The Good Doctor’ leads fall’s TV offerings
The inherently pro-life theme of the show about a highly functioning autistic surgeon will resonate with Catholic viewers and others committed to the dignity of the disabled. We review three upcoming network TV series.
Translator’s expertise brings readers to new appreciation of Bible
Throughout "The Face of Water," Sarah Ruden brings her translator's expertise in the languages and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world to discuss the Bible. She shows how for ancient literature "form and content are inseparable, and equally important."
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ spoils the fun it’s trying to make
This stylish action movie sequel eschews restraint with its cartoonish yet gruesome mayhem and a distasteful bedroom sequence that push the film beyond the boundaries of acceptability.