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Statement of Bishop David A. Zubik on the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua

Bishop David A. Zubik released the following statement on the death of His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, retired Archbishop of Philadelphia and tenth bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh: It is with great sadness that the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Pittsburgh heard of the death of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua. We remember […]

St. Bede students march for life

Rain showers on Monday, Jan. 23 didn’t dampen the spirits of the students of St. Bede School in Holland, who for the third year held their own March for Life. Much like the March for Life held in Washington, D.C. on the same day, the children protested in a prayerful way the Supreme Court’s decision […]

Pope Benedict XVI sends condolence telegram on death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua

VATICAN CITY — The Holy Father has sent a telegram to Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.  for the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former archbishop of that archdiocese who died Jan. 31 at the age of 88. The Holy Father writes: “Having learned with sadness of the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, archbishop emeritus of […]

Operation Rice Bowl kicks off in Archdiocese of Philadelphia

  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia kicked off its participation in Operation Rice Bowl today at the Visitation Food Cupboard in the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in Philadelphia. Bishop John J. McIntyre blessed the “rice bowls” before they were distributed to parishes and schools of the Archdiocese. During Lent families in the Archdiocese are encouraged to […]

Text of proclamation of Catholic Schools Week

With the understanding that our children are our future, the City of Philadelphia has made the education of our young citizens a top priority. A formidable responsibility for the quality education of our children has traditionally been undertaken by the outstanding Catholic schools located in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

Mayor Nutter proclaims Catholic Schools Week

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter presented Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald with a proclamation from the City of Philadelphia today in recognition of Catholic Schools Week which is being celebrated Jan. 29 to Feb. 5. Bishop Fitzgerald opened with a prayer and noted the great contributions that Catholic school students have made to the city. He added […]

Tie with CRS helps Villanova University make connections to world

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When the Villanova Wildcats beat the Seton Hall Pirates 84-76 in men’s basketball Jan. 18, it wasn’t just a hard-fought victory in the tough Big East conference. The game also was a win for the people of the Republic of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, thanks to a partnership between Villanova […]

Students, leaders reflect on school changes

Compromise, teamwork and respect. That’s what it took for four struggling parish schools to come together and successfully form a thriving regional school. “We opened one year ago September,” said John Mundy, principal of Levittown’s Holy Family Regional School formed though the consolidation of Queen of the Universe, Immaculate Conception, St. Frances Cabrini and St. […]

Mission schools: Two success stories

Most of the attention from the Blue Ribbon Commission Report to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been focused on the recommendations for consolidation; achieving cost savings through the creation of new schools through combining two or more existing schools. Less attention has been given to the recommendation that “mission schools” be established in neighborhoods where […]

School offers lessons students can bank on

A class of wiggling, chattering kindergarteners were silenced in curiosity as they watched their teacher talk to a bank teller about opening up an account to save for a new bicycle. Patty Price, a teacher at St. Andrew School in Newtown, animatedly explained to the little learners what she was doing at this student-operated branch […]