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Metanoia draws 6,000 Catholic students for ‘conversion’ retreat

Freshman and sophomores from archdiocesan Catholic high school and academies filled an arena at Temple University Oct. 30 for a spiritual retreat featuring talks, fun activities and eucharistic prayer.

All Catholics asked to offer special prayers on World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis announced the new global day of awareness last week. Catholic clergy and lay faithful in the Philadelphia Archdiocese are invited to remember the day in prayer -- see our prayer resources.

Christine Flowers ‘lives the dogma,’ wows young adult crowd

The Catholic columnist and lawyer spoke Friday night at a Theology on Tap event using humor to show the importance of living the Catholic faith in public, and the cop out of a selective tolerance.

For Catholics on Halloween, focus on the festivity

The uniquely American holiday is big business -- $9 billion will be spent on it this year. If neighborhood parishes stay open and welcome the fun, the church can “recapture Halloween as a religious event,” said a prominent priest.

Parish program teaches homeowners how a house works

Whether elderly or immigrants, many homeowners in Darby, Delaware County lack the expertise to make home repairs or know when to call a contractor. Blessed Virgin Mary Parish's free sessions give the knowledge residents need.

‘Vianney,’ drama on power of confession, coming to local parish

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in West Chester will host the play on the life of St. John Vianney Nov. 9. His story shows God's grace in helping people to become merciful, through the sacrament of penance, says the parish's pastor.

Catholics, Lutherans take over a street in show of unity

St. Raymond Parish and Reformation Lutheran Church, both in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, stopped traffic Sunday morning to pray publicly as the conclusion to a six-week session of study and prayer among both congregations.

From founding Italians to today’s Hispanics, parish sees century of change

Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Northeast Philadelphia's Tacony section was founded 100 years ago for Italian immigrants but now serves a diverse mix of Catholics. A son of the parish, Bishop Joseph Cistone, celebrated the anniversary Mass.

National conference draws 1,200 faithful women to Doylestown

The WINE -- Women in the New Evangelization -- went down easily last Saturday at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa where participants got fired up on Catholic theology with their sisters in faith.

Archdiocese inviting proposals to redevelop center city property

The campus of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center and the Cathedral Basilica is on a prime location overlooking Logan Circle and within view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Bids may be put out early next year.