Archbishop Chaput's column
A great nation, if we act accordingly
The Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents was stupid and destructive, writes Archbishop Charles Chaput. But if we want to "make America great again," Congress must fix our immigration problems.
As immigration woes rise, lawmakers can’t agree on solutions
UPDATED - Bipartisan disagreement on how to fix the country's immigration system led to failure once again as lawmakers on Capitol Hill turned down one immigration bill June 21 and postponed a vote on a second proposal.
Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border
Extension said the fund will support ministries that provide direct outreach and advocacy for immigrant families who are "separated as a consequence of our broken immigration system.
Physician warns of family separation’s harmful effects on children
At a congressional panel discussion, Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram, a pediatrician in Southeast Washington, discussed the long-term effects of separating children from their parents.
Pope: Individual bishops must decide about Communion in mixed marriages
The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a bishops' conference, Pope Francis said.
Riot police withdraw as bishops, priests visit besieged Nicaraguan city
Masaya has been the site of protests against the country's unpopular president, and police and paramilitaries have been accused of attacking and killing the civilian population.
Church now facing its own #MeToo moment, says Australian archbishop
Abuse survivors are "willing to speak and they are believed," and the church has new processes of investigation, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane said June 21.
‘Thank you for saving us’: Refugees start new life with Catholics’ help
One person at a time, archdiocesan Catholic Social Services is helping some of the 44,000 persons fleeing their homes globally every day, the highest in recorded history, amidst a climate of fear and polarization.
De La Salle Vocational grads ready to roll up sleeves for work
Ten young men received their high school diplomas June 15 at the Bensalem-based center for at-risk youth. More a second home than a boot camp, the Catholic Social Services school joins work training with counseling.
Eagles’ Doug Pederson connects with talk on faith, football
The coach of the Super Bowl champions spoke of prayer and reading the Bible during a June 11 event at which the American Bible Society described its planned new museum on the role of religion in America.
Top journalism awards just surface of success at CatholicPhilly.com
This Catholic news website recently received honors in three categories for writing and photography. The editor sees significance in CatholicPhilly's growth and its relationship -- its communion -- with readers.
Trauma of family separation has long-term impacts on kids
Cabrini University professor and childhood trauma expert Colleen Lelli looks at the psychological and physical effects of extreme stress on children, especially those separated from their parents.
Instead of separating families, U.S. should get at root of problem
Violence, gang recruitment, poverty and no education are the reasons families migrate from their home countries, writes Father Gus Puleo. U.S. policies should address these factors and fix our broken immigration system.
As with John the Baptist, God loves us and has a plan
In recalling the story of the Baptist's birth to be heard at this Sunday's Mass, Msgr. Joseph Prior reminds us how God calls each of us by name for a mission, and leads us always in love and mercy.
Readings of the Holy Mass – Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
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.
Unlike geometry, parallel lives can cross in angle of merciful love
Gina Christian knows parallel lines aren't supposed to intersect, but they did one day when she encountered a young woman in a homeless encampment lying in the shadow of a city office tower.
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Inward humility and outward boldness mark the Christian life
John the Baptist lived the message he preached, says Father Matt Guckin. As disciples of Christ, we too are called to put aside self and to serve God in others.
Selfie spirituality: Inside CatholicPhilly.com
In the age of the selfie, how can the church reach "real people"? Social media expert Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S. shares his thoughts on the relationship between the actual self, the virtual self and the Gospel.
Travel ball, fatigue, senior week lead reasons for early tourney exit
The Catholic League team is often favored to win the Carpenter Cup. But this year the all-star baseball team lost in the first round. Many top players didn't show up, owing to the hyper busy lives of today's teenagers.
St. Andrew’s, Newtown, captures CYO softball title with 10-3 win
The Crusaders used a five-run fourth inning to break open a tight game and beat Immaculate Heart of Mary, Philadelphia, for the archdiocesan championship. Most of the girls have played together for years, aiming for this goal.
Dinosaurs of ‘Jurassic World’ chew up scenery in latest film
In the sequel to the 2015 reboot of the series, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" ratchets up the gore as the cloned dinos face extinction even as the lead characters rekindle their romance in a refreshingly innocent way.
‘Parallel biography’ of Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan offers unique insights
Although Merton and Dylan "lived their lives a thousand miles apart, their souls were next-door neighbors," writes the author of a book that makes connections between themes in both men's lives unlikely to be found anyplace else.
Across the Aisles: Mass for Refugees
St. Raymond of Penafort Parish in Philadelphia hosted a Mass June 17 in which parishioners were joined by recent international refugees resettled in the area by Catholic Social Services.
Calendar of Events
Cantate Domino: Summer camp for musical kids
A two-day Cathedral Choir festival July 23-24 will provide a unique experience to children ages 7 to 15 who are interested in choral music. It will culminate in an evening concert at the cathedral.
Mother Boniface center offers “Movies with a Message”
The retreat facility, located in Northeast Philadelphia, will screen family-friendly films with refreshments and reflection.
Camp Guadalupe offers faith-filled summer fun for kids
Living Bridges will host its annual Catholic day camp at St. Kevin's Parish in Springfield, Delaware County from June 25 to 29 and again at Malvern Retreat House from July 16 to 20.