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Special collection will aid Diocese of St. Thomas in U.S. Virgin Islands

The diocese, led by a former priest of Philadelphia, Bishop Herbert Bevard, was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The parish collection may be taken up for the diocese over the next three weekends.

Pro-life rally and walk Sunday in Phila. lead Respect Life Month activities

The public pro-life event Sept. 24 in Sister Cities Park will kick off the 40 Days for Life campaign locally, followed by Mass. A day for high school-age respect life leaders is coming in early October.

Archbishop Chaput offers prayers for Jewish High Holy Days

"These are days of prayer, reflection, and new beginnings," wrote Archbishop Charles Chaput. "May everyone in the local Jewish community experience good health, wisdom and true peace in the year ahead."

After five years, schools stabilized, thanks to Faith in the Future

The foundation formed in the wake of recommendations to close Catholic schools has recruited donors and strengthened board governance to make schools affordable and excellent, and keep them open.

Biggest-ever crowd rocks Paoli for AbbeyFest

In just its fourth year, the music festival drew 4,000 young people and families for a full day of contemporary Christian music, eucharistic prayer and sacraments, plus food and games, at the Norbertine Fathers' Daylesford Abbey.

Consecrated women, men religious celebrate anniversaries

CatholicPhilly.com recognizes the religious sisters, brothers and priests serving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are marking significant anniversaries of religious life this year. See our full list of 251 jubilarians.

Indian Catholics welcome new shrine for Mary in a day of devotions

More than 700 faithful from various Indian and American Christian communities filled the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown on Saturday, Sept. 9 for the feast of Our Lady of Good Health Vailankanni.

Mass will mark 50 years of permanent deacons’ service in church

Hundreds of deacons, their wives and families will celebrate the restoration of the permanent diaconate Oct. 15 at the cathedral. It's a chance to thank God for the varied ministries some 300 ordained men offer to parishes.

Fatima centenary celebrations to culminate Oct. 15 at Cathedral

Archbishop Chaput will consecrate the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Our Lady of Fatima as the church commemorates Mary's apparitions to three children in Portugal 100 years ago. Preparations for an act of consecration to Mary are underway.

Archbishop Chaput on the enduring legacy of ‘Veritatis Splendor’

In an interview, the archbishop calls St. John Paul's encyclical a "fruit of Vatican II" that has been well received in the U.S. over the past 25 years, "like water in the desert." It reaffirms permanent truths, rejects moral ambiguity and presents truth as a source of freedom and joy.