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Local Catholics donate to collections for CRS, Black and Indian Missions

Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese gave more than $600,000 for the two national collections taken up in churches. Funds raised benefit Catholic Relief Services and church immigration agencies, and evangelization efforts.

Muslim speaker tells how religion builds ‘bridge of cooperation’

Eboo Patel spoke March 7 at St. Joseph's University for the Interfaith Campus Leadership Conference, where a Jesuit priest called Patel's interfaith youth initiative a "way to build a healthy religious pluralism in our society."

Three parishes to host Christian music concerts on three nights

From March 30 to April 1, the inaugural AbbeyFest Concert Series will present free shows at St. Norbert, Nativity of Our Lord and the Cathedral Basilica, ahead of the major all-day festival in September. See the artists' lineup.

Delco parish offers way to get spiritually fit at the gym

Don’t Sweat the Faith, a program of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Media and a local gym, combines cross-fit workouts with Bible-based faith sharing. "This is like gold in terms of ministry," said a young priest leading it.

Local immigration expert advises how to enforce laws, welcome strangers with love

Father Thomas Betz worked on immigration issues for years in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Answering eight key questions from CatholicPhilly.com, he explains that an open U.S. border would be chaos but low-skill immigrants should get visas, now unavailable, to do the work needed in America.

Talks for young adults look at love, responsibility, sexuality

The first in a five-week series for singles and couples in their 20s and 30s is examining St. John Paul II's teachings on Thursday nights at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Biggest-yet men’s conference shows faith alive and growing

About 1,300 men, 100 more than last year, came to St. Joseph's University March for the ninth annual Man Up Philly. Their numbers and enthusiasm gave the impression the church is not in decline, if you know where to look.

Black Catholics, white Catholics take unflinching look at racism

At the first of three planned discussions, Catholics from several parishes came to St. Raymond Parish Feb. 28 to challenge their personal prejudices and society's presumptions in order to build racial harmony.

It’s Lent again, and time for deeper prayer, giving and fasting

The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative begun by Pope Francis returns this Lent in parishes across the Philadelphia Archdiocese. See an interactive map and many resources for Catholics on their Lenten journey.

Archdiocese releases more audited financial statements

Nine archdiocesan entities, mostly in Catholic social ministry and fundraising, reported on their finances for the 2015-2016 fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. See our presentation of all 20 audited financial statements.