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It’s not heaven, but New Jerusalem Now is saving addicts’ lives

The Medical Mission Sisters' substance abuse program has been helping addicted men and women find recovery in one of the poorest areas of Philadelphia for three decades. The miracle is in keeping it running, and in the hope it offers.

The spy who taught me: Catholic school pays off in CIA career

Bonner-Prendergast High School students heard about the colorful adventures of alumnus and retired CIA operative Jack Devine. The values he learned at the school helped him make life-and-death decisions in nearly every global hot spot over 30 years.

Fun day raises funds for a good cause: Helping sick kids

They played bingo for designer hand bags and other goodies, and raised $30,000 Sunday at St. Cyril Parish in Jamison. The event was begun by the Masciantonio family to aid families whose children face serious illness.

Black ink in view for archdiocese’s finances, in short term and long

New audited financial statements for the Philadelphia Archdiocese show a manageable deficit that may be at break-even by next year. Underfunded obligations have seen a dramatic positive swing of $213 million in five years.

2017-2016 Audited Financial Statements of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

See the statements for the archdiocesan Office for Financial Services with supplemental narrative.

Spirituality of humble priest, one step from sainthood, apt for today

Father Solanus Casey, a 20th-century priest who aided the poor in Detroit's soup kitchens, served as best he could without complaining. He will be named "blessed" next week, and a Mass in Philadelphia will celebrate his holy example.

Hundreds celebrate their faith on St. Martin de Porres’ day

The joyful and reverent Mass Friday night at St. Athanasius Church drew young people along with Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver. It was held on the feast of the patron saint of African-American Catholics.

Clergy assignment changes announced

Archbishop Chaput announced appointments Nov. 7 for one priest and three permanent deacons.

Nine Philadelphia priests to be named monsignors

The honors by Pope Francis will be conferred on the archdiocesan priests, each of whom have ministered for more than 40 years in parishes and schools, at a service Dec. 3 in the cathedral.

Week’s events help all Catholics to encourage vocations

There is something for everyone, from young children through adults, in the Philadelphia Archdiocese to mark National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11. It's part of an effort to build a culture of promoting vocations in the church.