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Salvadoran native lives out St. Romero’s legacy of justice

St. Oscar Romero is more relevant than ever, says Moises Navarrete, a young teacher in Jenkintown. The saint would challenge U.S. immigration policy and family separation, he believes.

Romero calls us to be people of God who listen, says missionary

An Augustinian priest speaking at La Salle University said the church does not need St. Oscar as a hero or statue. The newest saint calls today's church to "be people who listen to one another from their hearts.”

Synod 2018 and the road ahead

Archbishop Chaput chats with the editor of a Polish monthly magazine about the state of the Catholic Church in America and the synod on youth, where he is troubled by a focus on gender ideology and an absence of church teaching on sexuality.

‘Prophetic voice’ of Humane Vitae studied at weekend events

The 50th anniversary of the landmark encyclical on human life drew participants -- and strong opinions -- at conferences last weekend in Philadelphia. Among them: preach about life, address gay priests.

St. Agnes Parish, West Chester, still youthful after 225 years

With young families, a growing Hispanic population, vital outreach ministry and Catholic education, the mother church of Chester County is thriving today while it remembers its foundation by a Revolutionary War hero.

Bishop Joseph Cistone dies in Michigan at age 69

The former Philadelphia native, priest and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese who led the Diocese of Saginaw since 2009 was found dead in his residence Oct. 16. He had been battling lung cancer.

Church sweetened with nostalgia won’t attract youth, archbishop says

In a Q&A, Archbishop Charles Chaput said the main problem with transmitting Christianity in a culture that keeps us distracted is "a lack of real faith." We need the "radical conversion that real faith in Jesus Christ demands."

Ukrainian church pledges cooperation with Pa. grand jury

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, covering the Mid-Atlantic region, said church files would be shared with authorities Oct. 24 "as requested and with no exceptions."

Prayer gatherings help teens find God in Eucharist and in each other

Students at Archbishop Carroll High School meet each week for eucharistic adoration, prayer and fellowship as part of the Genesis Program, which builds faith through shared experiences and socialization.

Catholic composer Steve Angrisano to hold workshop and conference at Delco parish

The veteran liturgical musician, whose works include "Go Make a Difference," will share his insights on music and faith at the Oct. 27 event.