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Indian Catholics celebrate their faith and ethnic heritage

Two parish communities of the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Catholic rites joined to celebrate their shared Indian heritage and Christian faith with a Mass and party including Indian food, music and dance.

Is addiction sin or sickness? A complex and timely inquiry

In our series “The Opioid Epidemic: A Catholic Perspective,” moral theologians offer guidance not only for people seeking healing in this time of national drug abuse emergency, but also for society and the world.

Nazi salute ‘compounds the obscenity’ of racism, Archbishop Chaput says

Last weekend's violence in Charlottesville matters because it's a snapshot of our public unraveling into real hatreds brutally expressed and a collapse of restraint, the archbishop said in a statement.

Clergy assignment changes announced

Archbishop Charles Chaput approved the following nine appointments for priests and a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Half of archdiocesan high schools to see leadership changes

At nine of Philadelphia’s 17 archdiocesan high schools, the 2017-18 school year will open with four schools welcoming a new president, four welcoming a new principal and one with both a new president and new principal.

Local ‘Tolton ambassadors’ spur devotion for saintly black priest

Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry recently visited Philadelphia for several events to raise awareness for the cause of sainthood for Father Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest in the U.S.

Auxiliary appointed for Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

UPDATED - Bishop-designate Andriy Rabiy, 41, currently serves as vicar general of the archeparchy and as pastor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Visit to Africa shows local travelers how far their generosity goes

Three parishioners from the Philadelphia Archdiocese joined a Catholic Relief Services trip to Burkina Faso in western Africa to learn firsthand of the needs, and the courage, of the people served there by CRS.

It’s ‘all hands on deck’ for addiction awareness in Bucks County

At St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Croydon, 100 participants including elected officials, law enforcement, health care providers and recovering addicts stressed the role of parishes in combating the nation's drug epidemic.

‘Adoration 101’ explores Real Presence for young adults

About 30 young people joined the Catholic Young Adults of Chester County to learn the history of eucharistic adoration. “We can be transformed by just showing up,” said a speaker at the talk.