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Local Catholics give to Pope’s charities

Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese confirmed their bond with Pope Benedict XVI as they gave $465,891 in this year’s Peter’s Pence collection. Archbishop Charles Chaput received a letter of thanks for the donations on behalf of the pope from Msgr. Jean-Francois Lantheaume, the papal representative for the United States, dated Oct. 31. The annual collection […]

Endow founder speaks about ‘feminine genius’

From a Catholic perspective there are few images that bespeak the dignity of women better than Michelangelo’s Pietà. On the morning of Nov. 10 Terry Polakovic, executive director and co-founder of the international movement Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) spoke to approximately 40 women at St. Anastasia Hall in Newtown Square […]

Knights give to priests’ care, vocations work

The Knights of Columbus in Pennsylvania recently made two significant donations as the result of fund-raising efforts by the Knights for needs in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Archbishop Charles Chaput accepted two checks from the Knights Nov. 10 at the Archdiocesan Office Center. The first check for $5,313 assisted the archdiocesan priests’ retirement fund, while the second for $1,118 supported the promotion of vocations to the priesthood.

Bil Keane, Northeast Catholic grad and Family Circus creator, dies at 89

Born William Aloysius Keane, he started cartooning at St. William School and honed his skills at Northeast Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1940. He never forgot his roots; for many years one might notice the familiar red and white NC pennant hanging in the children’s bedroom in the strip. “I hate to tell […]

Archbishop Chaput speaks to Penn for Life group

  Here is the text of the “Being Human in an Age of Unbelief” presentation Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., gave to the Penn for Life group at the University of Pennsylvania Nov. 7. In getting ready for tonight, Charles Gray asked me to keep two things in mind. First, he asked me to remember that we have […]

Five hundreds jars of peanut butter collected at SS. Simon and Jude Parish

WEST CHESTER — On Oct. 27 SS. Simon and Jude School students helped with the collection of over 500 jars of peanut butter and jelly that were donated by the parish PREP students (students who do not attend the parish school, but receive their Catholic education at SSJ), parishioners, and the school community. The annual […]

Catholic Life Congress enlivened by 16 presenters, participants from across Archdiocese

Prisca, Aquila, Epaenetus, Mary, Andronicus… St. Paul sends greetings to 26 disciples by name in Romans, Chapter 16 and most of them were included in the first reading at the Catholic Life Congress Mass celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Nov. 5. “For the most part we have no idea […]

‘Saints’ attend Mass at Nativity of Our Lord school

Second grade students celebrated All Saints Day at Nativity of Our Lord School in Warminster by dressing in costume as  saints. They worked with seventh-grade prayer partners to research the stories behind their patron saints.

Information nights regarding annulments scheduled

The metropolitan tribunal conducts information sessions that include an explanation of the grounds for an annulment and the process. A series of informative meetings have been scheduled to take through the month of November, each session will be followed by a question-and-answer period for those in attendance. The meetings will take place at the following […]

Blessed Don Louis (Luigi) Guanella canonized

On World Mission Sunday, Oct. 23, Pope Benedict XVI elevated Blessed Don Louis (Luigi) Guanella and two others to sainthood during a Mass of Canonization in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, renewing the Church’s commitment to missionary work around the globe. “Love of one’s neighbor is the visible sign that the Christian can show the […]