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Montco young adults deepen prayer, bond with others at retreat

About 40 members of the Metanoia Young Adults group in Montgomery County met Aug. 25 at St. Eleanor Parish, Collegeville, for a day of prayer, discussion and reflection on how to listen to God in their lives.

Parishioners praise Mary on West Chester’s streets for 99th year

Generations of families who founded the celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother at St. Agnes Parish continued it last week with Mass, breakfast, a street procession and benediction.

Catholic parishes take up call to welcome refugees in region

The Catholic Church resettles 30 percent of the refugees who arrive in the U.S. In Philadelphia, archdiocesan Catholic Social Services helped one Delaware County parish welcome families to their new homes.

Meet two new refugee families — and learn how you can help

Some 65 million refugees worldwide are fleeing religious persecution, war, famine and poverty. Families like Apolina's and Valeriy's get resettlement help here from Catholic Social Services, but the needs are many.

Catholic support group for suicide offers ‘Life Resurrected’

Based at St. Albert the Great in Huntingdon Valley, the ministry was founded by a parishioner whose grief over her son led her to a deeper faith and gave her a heart to help others.

Catholic teaching shows hope for those hurt by suicide

Christ's eternal love gives meaning to suffering and provides a reason to live, even in the darkest seasons, say pastoral experts.

Prayers of ‘reparation’ for sex abuse set for Sept. 14 at Cathedral

The archdiocese is planning a seven-hour vigil before the Blessed Sacrament, “Have Mercy on Us, O Lord" to atone for "our own sins and those of our bishops and priests" and pray for a "restoration of holiness."

Two priests ruled unsuitable for ministry in Philadelphia Archdiocese

An archdiocesan board of experts deemed Father Andrew McCormick (substantiated child abuse) and Msgr. Gregory Parlante (drug and theft conviction) unfit for ministry.

Sexual harassment claims at St. Charles Seminary under investigation

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Investigations is looking into allegations of sexual harassment from a former student at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary dating to 2010-2011.

Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

Even though the Pa. grand jury report is long and painful, knowing what happened is "the only way to fix these problems," wrote the 23 jurors who probed child sexual abuse in the church over 70 years.