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Bridesburg parish welcomes relic of St. John Paul

St. John Cantius in Philadelphia, home to a vibrant Polish community, received a lock of the late saintly pontiff's hair March 16. Parish priests have been asked "to take the relic to those who are sick," said Father Joseph Zingaro.

Praying to Mary on North Philly’s mean streets

A dozen Catholics invoked Mary’s intercession March 16 on a street corner near St. Joan of Arc Church. They prayed the rosary in Spanish for the people of the poverty-plagued neighborhood.

Channel 6 to air new film on St. Katharine Drexel

"The Holy Heiress" will be shown Saturday evening, March 30. Experts recount the Philadelphia socialite's early life, later ministry, canonization and the installation of her new tomb and shrine at the cathedral.

Local pro-life group plans to host screening of ‘Unplanned’

Realizing that a woman can be old enough for an abortion but too young to see the new movie about it, a Generation Life organizer was inspired to host a showing of the film March 28 in Philadelphia.

Catholic student’s science project on pet disease goes national

Most students' projects go no further than their school, but Devyn Stek, 13, of St. Teresa of Calcutta in Limerick became the youngest person ever to present at a national gathering of scientists.

Job seekers find support from Joseph’s People works well

The nondenominational support group active in seven archdiocesan parishes helps out-of-work adults find a job and, perhaps as important, hope -- relying on “focus, prayer and reflection.”

Do a spiritual recharge, hear a big-name speaker locally

Some of the top Catholic evangelizers and teachers today are coming to churches, schools and shrines within the Philadelphia Archdiocese in coming weeks. See our list of inspiring speakers and events.

Do less not more this Lent, advises local prof

St. Joseph's professor James Caccamo believes people should rethink adding new projects for self-improvement during Lent, and instead take quiet time and unplug from "things that we become obsessed with."

Marian statue visits local homes, thanks to ‘travel agent’ parishioners

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima has been making the rounds in Philadelphia-area homes for 50 years, encouraging the rosary among family and friends. Dedicated people schedule the one-week visits.

In time of turmoil, Man Up Philly keeps raising the bar

Now in its 11th year, the one-day conference to encourage Catholic men drew 1,500 to Neumann University, where they prayed and ate together, and heard former Eagles QB Ron Jaworski connect with his receivers.