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Tales of love and marriage show the power of commitment

CatholicPhilly.com catches up with four couples in the Philadelphia Archdiocese -- one married 50 years, one just starting out and two in between -- who tell of how they met, how they married and how couples anywhere can stay devoted through the years.

Archdiocesan schools partner with CRS to teach global service in big way

In the largest agreement of its kind in the U.S., Catholic Relief Services and 18 Catholic high schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese will join lesson plans and activities like the Helping Hands project last week that saw 800 students prepare 50,000 meals.

Schools set to close Thursday, with snow on the way

Archdiocesan high schools and elementary schools in Philadelphia will be closed Feb. 9 due to expected heavy snow in the region. Suburban Catholic schools normally follow the decision of their public district.

7 boys + 9 girls = one (huge) happy family

What is it like to be raised in a family of 16 children, and what does it take to parent 16? That is the topic of a book by local professor Stephen Gambescia, who has vivid memories of a faith-filled but highly organized family life.

Bishop Lohmuller laid to rest in cathedral beside Cardinal Krol

At the Feb. 1 funeral Mass for Auxiliary Bishop Martin Lohmuller, who was buried in the cathedral crypt, many family members and friends recalled their fond memories of his good faith and long ministry.

Joyful ‘Strangers’: A Q&A with Archbishop Chaput

The biblical moral grounding of America is now seen as outdated and bigoted, says Archbishop Charles Chaput in a new interview. So what are Christians to do going forward? Look to St. Augustine as a witness to living the Gospel with joy in a changing world, even when the world is hostile or indifferent.

Read an excerpt of Archbishop Chaput’s forthcoming book

We’re passing through a religious revolution in America, Archbishop Charles Chaput writes in this excerpt from his soon-to-be published book, “Strangers in a Strange Land.” Now “resident aliens,” Christians need to approach 21st century America with a spirit of love.

Delaware County priests, young adults open up about their lives

Three priests from Sacred Heart Parish in Manoa talked about their life and ministry at a Theology on Tap event Jan. 31, while the Catholic young people in attendance discussed how they and their friends live out their faith.

Trump retains Obama’s order on gender identity, again raising archbishops’ ire

Two archbishops, including Archbishop Charles Chaput, expressed their disappointment over President Donald Trump’s decision Jan. 31 to retain President Barack Obama’s 2014 directive on gender identity discrimination.

Catholic news vital for forming adults who will lead the church, speaker says

Three crises for the church -- decline in active priests, decline in baptism and sacramental marriage and a dearth of catechesis -- are met by the mission of Catholic media to inform, to form and to inspire, said a leading Catholic journalist at St. Charles Seminary.