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Catholic students raise a lot more than nickels for special ed brothers and sisters

It’s never too early to teach children the importance of giving to others. Students across the Archdiocese learned this valuable lesson recently through the Catholic Students for Catholic Charities fundraising program. Catholic elementary schools and high schools in the Archdiocese raised $24,201 in support of the archdiocesan Schools of Special Education.

State House passes abortion opt-out bill as Senate deliberates

The Pennsylvania Senate will soon consider a bill that would allow the state to opt out of paying for abortions under the federal health care reform law. The House of Representatives passed its opt-out bill April 23.

Sold-out concert nets windfall for St. Charles Seminary

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary hosted a sold-out concert performance April 19 by the Three Irish Tenors. The fundraising event was created to support the ongoing mission of the seminary in forming priests for the future. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of the seminary, were joined by more than 450 guests at […]

Catholic Mathletes, led by Archbishop Ryan teacher, number one in city again

Whenever there is a high school Mathlete competition in the Philadelphia area there is a fair chance Archbishop Ryan High School will be the winner, or if it is a combined team drawn from several schools they will be on the winning side. This year was no exception.

Judge dismisses some charges against Philadelphia abortionist

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- A Philadelphia judge dismissed three of eight murder charges April 23 in the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist accused of killing babies said to be born alive at his clinic. Gosnell was arrested in January 2011 and charged with seven counts of infanticide and one count of murder in the case of a Nepalese woman who died during an abortion.

300 St. Elizabeth parishioners give it their all during day of service

The joy of giving was alive and very well in Chester County as members of St. Elizabeth Parish in Upper Uwchlan gathered on Saturday, April 20 for their third annual Stewardship Day of Service. Started in April, 2011, this day is all about giving back to local communities and helping charitable organizations throughout Chester County with the goal of showing God's love through example. The day began with Mass, and fittingly, the reading of the day (from the Acts of the Apostles) spoke of Peter raising a woman named Tabitha from the dead, describing her as one who “never tired of doing good and giving in charity.”

Archdiocesan Mathlete Championship

The Varsity Mathletes brought high honors to Archbishop Ryan on April 15 when they captured the Archdiocesan Championship.  The Ryan Mathletes owe another stellar season to the strong leadership of Senior Co-Captains, Claire Nguyen and Ian Smith, and to the consistent high scoring of seniors Anthony Carradorini, Akash Patel, Andrew Lenherr, James Nixon, and juniors […]

Philadelphia priest chaplain earns Bronze Star for ministry in Afghanistan

After Mass at a typical parish, it’s fellowship over coffee and donuts. But for troops stationed in Afghanistan, after Mass it’s cigars smoked down to the nub. Father Stephen McDermott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a U.S. Army chaplain who recently was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan, just completed a year-long tour of duty in the country. “I never realized the power of a cigar when it comes to ministry,” he said.

Philadelphia-area Catholics meet Pope Francis during visit to offer $8.6 million

When 120 officials, donors and their family members from around the United States signed on for the Bala Cynwyd-based Papal Foundation’s annual pilgrimage to Rome to present the Holy Father with this year’s grant they had no idea they would be meeting a brand-new pope. At the April 11 meeting in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall when the $8.6 million grant was presented, Pope Francis personally greeted each of the pilgrims instead of reading his prepared statement.

BVM Parish celebrates 100 years serving Darby, Delaware County

Every parish has distinctive features. Blessed Virgin Mary, Darby, where Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated a 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, April 14, is diverse -- it always was and probably always will be. The nicest thing about it, all the people pretty much get along with one another, they always have and probably always will.