Bridesburg parish welcomes relic of St. John Paul
St. John Cantius in Philadelphia, home to a vibrant Polish community, received a lock of the late saintly pontiff's hair March 16. Parish priests have been asked "to take the relic to those who are sick," said Father Joseph Zingaro.
Praying to Mary on North Philly’s mean streets
A dozen Catholics invoked Mary’s intercession March 16 on a street corner near St. Joan of Arc Church. They prayed the rosary in Spanish for the people of the poverty-plagued neighborhood.
Channel 6 to air new film on St. Katharine Drexel
"The Holy Heiress" will be shown Saturday evening, March 30. Experts recount the Philadelphia socialite's early life, later ministry, canonization and the installation of her new tomb and shrine at the cathedral.
Catholic teams show strength at PIAA state hoops tourney
The Archbishop Wood boys' and Archbishop Carroll girls' teams will vie for the state championships this weekend, just two of the 16 Catholic League teams competing. They included Bonner-Prendergast's boys and girls.
Catholics must look to God for light in difficult times, says archbishop
Archbishop Chaput received the University of Mary's Lumen Vitae medal ("The Light of Life"), given to "those who are champions of Catholic education and who bring others closer to Christ and his church."
Trump calls on universities to protect ‘free, open debate’ on campuses
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, praised President Donald Trump March 21 for taking seriously the assaults she said conservative groups are facing on campuses around the country.
New school choice federal tax credit bill introduced in House, Senate
A new piece of legislation endorsed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos could put Catholic or other religious schools within reach of many families who would otherwise not be able to afford them.
Pope sends aid to southeast Africa after cyclone
UPDATED - Pope Francis has sent $50,000 each to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to assist with initial emergency relief efforts after a cyclone hit the region and caused massive flooding.
Ireland considers plans for seminarians to spend more time in parishes
The plans would allow for more time involved in active pastoral work alongside priests and lay pastoral workers and would, according to one bishop, give them a more realistic insight into priesthood in contemporary Ireland.
Rector of Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory stabbed during televised Mass
UPDATED - Father Claude Grou, rector of St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, was stabbed during a Mass March 22. The motive for the attack remains unknown. He was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition.
Archbishop Chaput's speeches
Vocation and the purpose of our lives
In a talk at the University of Mary in North Dakota, Archbishop Chaput tells of the importance of friendship and listening for God's call to act, because there is good in the world, and it's worth fighting for.
People and Events
Professor with local ties leading Theology of the Body talks
Peter J. Colosi, formerly a professor of moral theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, is an organizer of “Defending and Promoting Human Dignity in a Secular Age” this June in the Netherlands.
Scouts on retreat make rosaries for U.S. military
The retreat held March 16 at Daylesford Abbey was sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. The rosaries the Scouts assembled will be brought to their annual Mass May 4.
Neumann U honors religious leadership with newly named halls
Previously known as Living and Learning Centers I, II and II, the residence halls at the university were renamed Flynn Hall, Cunningham Hall and O’Neill Hall for the former Franciscan sisters who led the university.
Humanity starting to wane as robots rise
Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life are considering how human kindness to the old is substituted with robotic strokes and a lie, and how romantic love is giving way to virtual avatars.
After the crisis, Catholics ask ‘To whom shall we go?’
The clerical sexual abuse crisis has caused many Catholics to ask if they want to remain in the church, writes Elise Italiano Ureneck. That question raises an even more important one: what is the church, and can we embrace it in all of its humanity, divinity and "messy grace"?
Mary as an antidote to digital distraction
Our devices have become pacifiers for both children and adults, writes Brett Robinson. As mediator and model, the Blessed Mother helps increase our spiritual bandwidth for a true connection with God.
Archbishop Chaput's column
See this movie. It matters.
Abby Johnson's journey from director of a Planned Parenthood clinic to staunch pro-life advocate is told compellingly in the new movie, "Unplanned," which Archbishop Chaput urges everyone to see. It's that important.
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Proud of Polish heritage, parishioners receive saint’s relic
The former personal secretary of Pope John Paul II gave St. John Cantius Parish in Philadelphia a first-class relic of the saint at a liturgy March 16.
Rite of Election welcomes those entering Catholic Church
People preparing to be baptized Catholics and those preparing to receive the sacraments of penance and Eucharist gathered last weekend for three ceremonies led by Archbishop Chaput at the cathedral.
Calendar of Events
Cultural Heritage Mass celebrates ‘one faith, one family’
Archbishop Charles Chaput will be the main celebrant and homilist at the March 23 liturgy, which will unite Catholics from Native American, Asian, African, European, Caribbean and South American groups.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
The March 22-24 session offers an extraordinary healing opportunity for any person who struggles with emotional and spiritual pain of a past abortion. The weekend is a unique and effective process designed specifically to help you experience the mercy and compassion of God.
Generation Life hosts screening of ‘Unplanned’
Generation Life will gather for the March 28 premiere of the film, which recounts Abby Johnson's journey from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life advocate.
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Third week of Lent: Give the spiritual journey more time
Like the gardener of the Gospel story who pleads for one more year to make a tree fruitful, so we are called to try new approaches on our path to holiness. See our latest package of Lenten Resources.
Ways to accompany hurting people: A spirituality
When all our efforts fail, we can feel disheartened and surrender hope. But David Gibson suggests we consider God's ways and let go of our self-sufficiency. If we start to listen in prayer, we will be surprised.
‘Jesus: His Life’ recreates and reflects on Gospels
The docudrama, which will debut on History March 25, combines commentary and historical reenactment in a refreshing, accessible retelling of the pivotal moments in Christ's earthly ministry, from the perspective of those who knew him best.
‘Us’ is a frightening look in the mirror at ‘them’
The horror fantasy starring Lupita Nyong'o follows a family terrorized by evil versions of themselves. The film is a "thinking person's creeper," but the viewers will need a strong stomach for the movie's graphic violence.
Complex ‘Captive State’ wraps social commentary in sci-fi drama
After humanity surrendered the earth to invading aliens, a young Chicagoan prepares an uprising, thwarted by surveillance and spies. While the film is ambitious it promises more than it ultimately delivers.