It’s not heaven, but New Jerusalem Now is saving addicts’ lives
The Medical Mission Sisters' substance abuse program has been helping addicted men and women find recovery in one of the poorest areas of Philadelphia for three decades. The miracle is in keeping it running, and in the hope it offers.
The spy who taught me: Catholic school pays off in CIA career
Bonner-Prendergast High School students heard about the colorful adventures of alumnus and retired CIA operative Jack Devine. The values he learned at the school helped him make life-and-death decisions in nearly every global hot spot over 30 years.
Fun day raises funds for a good cause: Helping sick kids
They played bingo for designer hand bags and other goodies, and raised $30,000 Sunday at St. Cyril Parish in Jamison. The event was begun by the Masciantonio family to aid families whose children face serious illness.
Hope lives in New Jerusalem
Founded in one of the Philadelphia's poorest areas some three decades ago, New Jerusalem Now helps addicted men and women find their way to recovery and transformation. See scenes from CatholicPhilly.com's visit this week.
Catholic leaders urge Trump to return U.S. to leading role on climate
A group of 161 Catholic leaders cited three popes for advancing the church's call to care for creation. Their letter referenced a recent report concluding it is "extremely likely" that human activities are the leading cause of a warming planet.
Bishop Dewane disappointed by House passage of tax cut bill
House members "ignored impacts to the poor and families" in passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Nov. 16, said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida.
Notre Dame allows third-party coverage of contraceptives in health plans
Questions continue to swirl around the University of Notre Dame's decision to allow the third-party administrators of its health plans to go on providing morally objectionable services to university employees, even though Notre Dame no longer is required by the government to do so.
Priest mediates between Zimbabwe generals, Mugabe
UPDATED - Father Fidelis Mukonori, parliamentary liaison officer for Harare Archdiocese, is trying to mediate a graceful exit for the 93-year-old president, who has led Zimbabwe for 37 years.
‘All of us are God’s children,’ pope says in video message to Myanmar
By visiting Myanmar in late November, Pope Francis said he wants to strengthen Catholics in their commitment to faith and charity and to encourage all efforts "to build harmony and cooperation" among people of all religions.
Spirit of communion needed in church, world, pope tells priests
The pope spoke with participants in the international assembly of the Apostolic Union of the Clergy, a global confederation of groups promoting brotherhood and mutual support among members of the diocesan clergy whether they are bishops, priests or deacons.
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From abortion to sainthood?
Listen to a homily on the Scripture readings for Mass on Sunday, Nov. 19, in the podcast "Take Five" by Father Matt Guckin, an archdiocesan priest and education official.
Calendar of Events
St. Mary Parish Christmas Craft Show and Bazaar
Find the perfect gift, shop for beautifully crafted designs from local artisans and enjoy food and chances at the two-day bazaar Nov. 17 and 18 at the parish in Schwenksville, Montgomery County.
Anthem kicks off the Christmas season with adoration and an after party
The archdiocesan ministry to youth and young adults will host an evening of prayer and music, followed by a bash at one of the city's trendiest hotspots.
Prepare for Christmas with Mary at a Flame of Love retreat
Father James Blount, SOLT will direct a weekend-long series of prayer and reflection based on the Marian devotion.
Mass murder and our culture of death
The latest mass shooting reminds us that choosing life means taking action against the proliferation of deadly weapons, writes Greg Erlandson.
A poet preaches through the beauty of well-chosen words
The work of American Christian poet Richard Wilbur reminds us of the innate goodness of God's creation, writes John Garvey.
Post-Columbine youths being raised on America’s battlefields
Christopher White, who has grown up with shootings at schools, churches and theaters, calls for harnessing the moral energy of young people who are building a culture of life and who refuse to accept rising gun violence as normal.
Jesus offers an excellent return on investment for faithful stewards
The parable of the talents illustrates how richly the Lord has blessed us, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. By using the gifts we have been given to build God's kingdom, we reap an eternal and priceless reward.
Readings of the holy Mass – Thirty-third 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.
‘Justice League’ heroes suit up for another predictable battle
The comic book heroes are once again tasked with saving the world, but a noble mission and over-the-top special effects can't mask a weak story.
Beauty shines through apparent ugliness in ‘Wonder’
A boy's facial deformities reveal the true beauty that lies within him and in those whose lives he touches.
From South Philly to corporate suite, Valletta’s business is helping people
Andrew Valletta grew up in a row home with his extended family, where he learned about hard work, love and the Catholic faith. He'll apply them all to growing the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, for which he is the new CEO.