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Religious vocations endure despite distractions, scandal

Despite decades of declining numbers, religious life continues to attract young people who view God's call as "not limiting, but freeing," say several men's and women's vocation directors in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

St. Patrick’s marks 150 years of faith in rural Chester County

From the first Mass in a tiny chapel on Christmas Day 1869 to today's church built in 1907, the Catholic faithful of Kennett Square have called the parish their home, generation after generation.

Students spread the good news through original artwork

Ten participants in the annual Missionary Child Association's Christmas card contest were recognized by Archbishop Charles Chaput during World Mission Sunday. Their drawings of the Nativity will be featured by the Pontifical Mission Societies in print and online.

Philadelphia archives offers glimpse into Catholic cartoons

The special exhibit “Cartooning Catholics," on display at the archdiocesan Catholic Historical Research Center, displays the pride and prejudice concerning Catholics in illustrations and comics.

For 10 years running, St. Andrew’s 5K race finishes strong

The Drexel Hill parish raised $12,000 for its school at the annual Spirit 5K Race on Oct. 26, which drew residents of the Delaware County community for a day of family and athletic fun.

With 60 million meals served, church helps kids stay well fed

Through one of several federal programs it administers, archdiocesan Nutritional Development Services hit a new milestone in feeding thousands of local children fresh, wholesome food while encouraging social skills and portion control.

True freedom linked to beauty of pro-life call, speaker says

Christopher West spoke at a conference sponsored by several local pro-life organizations Oct. 26 at Roman Catholic High School, whose students in attendance were impressed by his message.

Beloved saint lives in his ‘good children’ and those who care for them

St. Luigi Guanella, a 19th-century advocate for those with intellectual disabilities, was honored at an Oct. 24 Mass attended by some 400 members of the archdiocesan Don Guanella-Divine Providence Communities, which provide a continuum of care for adults with special needs.

Conference reminds women they are ‘unique and unrepeatable’

More than 1,300 attendees at the annual Catholic Women's Conference Oct. 26 reflected on their God-given identity and on the ways in which they can live out their calling in the divine plan of salvation.

St. Helena Parish marks hundredfold growth at century mark

The parish in Blue Bell, Montgomery County saw a streak of anti-Catholicism when it was founded 100 years ago -- the pastor had to wear lay clothes -- but it has grown much since then.