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Teens learn value of life from inspiring woman with Down syndrome

Karen Gaffney hasn't let Down syndrome stop her from earning a doctorate or swimming the English Channel. She spoke on respect for life to 350 high school students during a conference for them April 6 at Neumann University.

Faithful inmates at Graterford Prison impress Archbishop Chaput in visit

“You have given me good example," the archbishop told some 200 men at the state prison in Montgomery County during his vigil Mass for Palm Sunday April 8. The inmates "need something to grab onto" in prison, said the warden. "It is vital.”

Justice Samuel Alito will speak at St. Charles Seminary in May

The U.S. Supreme Court judge will receive an honorary degree and address the seminary community at the Concursus graduation ceremony May 17.

Philadelphia native Archbishop Green named to diplomatic post

Pope Francis named Archbishop James Green, a former priest of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, to serve as an ambassador for the Holy See in Sweden and Iceland. He has served in the Vatican's diplomatic corps since 2003.

Philadelphia native named nuncio to Great Britain

Archbishop Edward J. Adams, ordained as a priest for the Philadelphia Archdiocese in 1970 by the late Cardinal John Krol, has served in the Vatican diplomatic corps for more than 20 years, most recently in Greece.

Marriage, family are focus of major 3-year initiative of archdiocese

Remain in My Love will begin this spring to help archdiocesan staff, parish couples and individuals to "embrace a Christian concept of marriage and the family and put it in place in their lives,” said its coordinator.

Immigrants aren’t getting health care, so parish brings it to them

A monthly clinic at St. Patrick Parish, Norristown, connects patients and practitioners by utilizing a Jesuit-designed innovation in community-based health care -- and the trust of clients in the church.

Take Action Sunday coming in support of life

Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese are urged to take part on the weekend of May 20-21 in a nationwide program to contact their members of Congress about supporting the Conscience Protection Act.

Priest charged with stealing $500K from fund for clergy retirement home

Msgr. William Dombrow of the Philadelphia Archdiocese was charged by federal authorities with a scheme to embezzle funds intended to support Villa St. Joseph, Darby, the archdiocesan residence for aged and ill priests.

Film on holy Black priest draws hundreds to seminary for vocation focus

More than 200 people came to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary April 2 to see the documentary “Tolton” on Father Augustus Tolton. The event also appealed for young men, especially those of color, to discern a vocation to priesthood.