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Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says

Pope Francis kisses the foot of a disabled person at Our Lady of Providence Center during Holy Thursday Mass in Rome April 17. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) Posted on April 18th, 2014

During the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a rehabilitation facility near Rome, Pope Francis washed the feet of four women and eight men who are living with disabilities. They included a Muslim from Libya and a woman from Ethiopia.

Pope to priests: Look for the exit, go out into world, serve with love

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Thursday chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on April 18th, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A priest is called to be in the midst of his flock, protecting his people, searching for those who are lost and always serving those in need, Pope Francis told the world’s priests on Holy Thursday.

Abortion bill opponents called ‘extreme’ dies in Colorado Senate

Posted on April 18th, 2014

DENVER (CNS) — A day after more than 1,000 pro-lifers joined Denver’s archbishop in a prayer rally to oppose a bill that would have established abortion as a “fundamental right” in Colorado, senators in the state Legislature April 16 tabled a vote on the measure indefinitely.

At Disabilities Mass, helpers learn from those they help

The bell choir from Divine Providence Village, led by Marty Hyde, performs as a volunteer service to their peers and guests before the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities April 12 at the cathedral. Posted on April 18th, 2014

Little things like staying with a disabled woman while she waits for her ride make a big difference in the lives of high school volunteers, and all who see them.

Ukrainian Catholic leader urges West to take action to stop Russia

Posted on April 18th, 2014

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian protesters are raising fears of Russian intervention, police asked residents to stay away from churches in troubled districts over Easter until the situation stabilized. Anti-Semitism was described as “rabid.”

All are invited to Holy Week liturgies at cathedral

The Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday last year gathered hundreds of priests and lay faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. (Sarah Webb) Posted on April 16th, 2014

Archbishop Charles Chaput will celebrate liturgies for the Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday – plus Easter Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul this week.

Franciscan sister dies at 96, was teacher for 72 years

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Sister John Catherine Rohe was one of seven sisters from Baltimore, three of whom became Sisters of St. Francis, along with three of her cousins.

Franciscan priest from Havertown dies in Florida at 64

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Father Art Johnson, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, died March 26. Ordained in 1977, he served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in New York State and worked in ecumenism for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, among other assignments.

SS. Philip and James students perform living stations

SSPJ - Station I Posted on April 16th, 2014

Eighth graders of the Exton Catholic school performed the 15 Stations of the Cross, accompanied by the school choir singing Lenten hymns.

Devon Prep students, faculty reenact last hours of Christ

Devon Prep senior Jason Sadek portrays Jesus crucified during the school's presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross April 13. Posted on April 16th, 2014

Aa group of juniors and seniors and several faculty members helped the school community prepare for Easter by presenting the Living Stations of the Cross on April 13, a dramatization of Jesus’ journey to Calvary leading up to his crucifixion.

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