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Families show love for Blessed Mother in May procession

With a statue of Mary nearby, people participate in the second annual May procession Sunday, May 1 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. (Sarah Webb) Posted on May 6th, 2016

More than 100 families from across the Archdiocese prayed at the cathedral last Sunday to thank God for blessings and Mary’s intercession. Essayists described who exemplifies Mary in their life.


Culture Project event aims to restore human dignity in America

Posted on May 6th, 2016

catholicphillysquarelogo-114x114About 130 Catholic young adults from the Philadelphia-based organization held a brunch event April 30 to support its missionaries as they engage young people personally and through the media.


Greatest draw to priesthood? A happy priest, says deacon

Rev. Mr. Matthew Windle (left), a transitional deacon, will be ordained a priest May 21 and the next day at his first Mass, his mentor Father Christopher Redcay (right) will preach the homily. (Sarah Webb) Posted on May 6th, 2016

Matt Windle was working and dating before he turned to prayer and studying to become a priest at St. Charles Seminary. Serving in parishes, he saw how much his priest-mentors enjoyed ministry. See the last in our series on the men to be ordained priests May 21.


Faith does not deaden pain but teaches that it is passing, pope says

Posted on May 6th, 2016

The Gospel reading May 6 was Jesus’ telling his disciples before the crucifixion that they would face a time of weeping and grieving, “but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.”


Pope tells struggling Europe he has a dream for its future

Pope Francis receives the Charlemagne Prize from Jurgen Linden, president of the Society for the Conferral of the Charlemagne Prize, during a ceremony in the Sala Regia at the Vatican May 6. At left is Marcel Philipp, mayor of Aachen, Germany, where the prize is normally presented. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on May 6th, 2016

As Europe faces an unprecedented influx of immigrants and refugees while struggling to counter continued economic woes, Pope Francis urged the continent to step up to its responsibilities with renewed hope, not cower behind walls and treaties.


At support group, families experiencing loss find a safe place to share

Bonnie Serio, a pastoral care specialist, comforts 8-year-old Max as he hugs his mother, Debbie Gonsioroski, right, during a March 3 session of Partners Around Loss through Support, or PALS, at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School in Eagan, Minn. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit) Posted on May 6th, 2016

Veronica Rosa sought help for her grieving 12-year-old son. She found it in Partners Around Loss through Support, or PALS, a bereavement group primarily for children sponsored by St. John Neumann Church in Eagan.


EWTN asks for full-court hearing on contraceptive mandate case

Posted on May 6th, 2016

Attorneys said federal government briefs filed in the Supreme Court case of Zubik v. Burwell involving the Little Sisters of the Poor and six other religious employers admit the government could use a less restrictive manner of providing contraceptive coverage to women working for these organizations should they so choose.


Electricity could go long way to stemming violence, says Nigerian bishop

A child stands outside a makeshift shelter in 2014 as a woman washes clothes in Ekiti, Nigeria. Something developed countries take for granted -- electricity -- could go a long way to stemming violence often attributed to religion, said Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria. (CNS photo/Akintunde Akinleye, Reuters) Posted on May 6th, 2016

The lack of electricity means that people cannot do ordinary work without a generator, and generators are expensive, said Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto, in the country’s northwest.


Iowa mother, 89, relishes her caregiver role for disabled 63-year-old son

Verabeth Bricker, 89, pictured April 28 at her home in  in Victor, Iowa, cherishes her role as mother of six children, three of whom had disabilities. She still takes care of her son David, 63, who has a developmental disability, with help from her daughter Denise and a home health worker. (CNS photo/Barb Arland-Fye, The Catholic Messenger) Posted on May 6th, 2016

Verabeth Bricker entered motherhood in 1949 without a clue that she’d still be changing diapers 67 years later. The third of her six children, David, 63, has a developmental disability and requires hands-on care and patience.


To the ballpark or the theatre? A tough choice for a good cause

Posted on May 6th, 2016

phillies logoThe Catholic Charities Appeal, which benefits 180 ministries in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, is hosting two fundraisers — a night at a Phillies game next month and the musical “Sister Act” in July.


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