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28 local Catholics to receive honors from Pope Francis

Lay and religious men and women will be honored for their long service to the Catholic Church in the Philadelphia area at a ceremony Jan. 21 at the Cathedral. See our profiles of each honoree.

At Operating Base Cecilia, it’s all hands on deck to help veterans

Catholic Social Services and the Veterans Multi-Service Center received some holiday help from DNB First Bank, which donated $3,000 to the Coatesville-based veterans aid agency on Dec.13.

62nd annual Christmas party for kids might be biggest, best yet

More than 550 children served by Catholic Social Services' agencies enjoyed the annual Archbishop's Christmas Gala Dec. 21. This year's party had a first: a live Nativity play with animals on a busy Philadelphia street.

Listen to Archbishop Chaput’s Christmas greeting

Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks to all CatholicPhilly.com readers in his new audio message. He hopes that everyone may imitate the boundless love of Jesus Christ and care for the sick, the poor and all those in need as we celebrate the feast of the Nativity. 

‘Misinformation’ seen as reason for veto of Pa. abortion bill

Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed pro-life legislation that "would have strengthened" the state's Abortion Control Act "by banning the cruel and brutal practice of dismemberment abortions," said the state Catholic conference.

Filipino tradition of ‘novena’ of Masses becoming popular in Phila.

The Advent custom of Simbang Gabi, popular in the Philippine Islands and wherever Filipinos have migrated, will be celebrated in the archdiocese with Masses on nine successive nights at various churches before Christmas.

Archdiocese names new head of Catholic elementary education

By welcoming Andrew McLaughlin to a restructured post, the Philadelphia Archdiocese seeks to renew focus on parish and regional Catholic grade schools. McLaughlin, currently head of special education, begins his new role in February.

Archbishop brings fellowship, ‘word of Jesus’ to Phila. prisoners

When Archbishop Charles Chaput visited the sprawling Curran-Fromhold prison Dec. 18, assured the inmates they are not forgotten. His message of hope was not lost on his grateful listeners.

At home for disabled youths, $10K helps them feel ‘like any other kid’

A fund drive by the Catholic Charities Appeal on #GivingTuesday will help St. Edmond’s Home to buy equipment aiding children with profound physical challenges. There was reason to rejoice when a $10,870 check was presented -- see our video.

States bring lawsuit challenging religious exemption to mandate

A federal court in Philadelphia heard oral arguments Dec. 14 in a suit that aims to take away the exemption granted to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers allowing them to refuse to cover contraceptives for their employees.