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NDS helps federal workers with emergency food market

Even with back pay from the 35-day shutdown on the way, workers are playing catch up to put food on their tables. A local collaboration including the archdiocesan food agency remains vital, and you can help.

Foley lecturer calls for candor, unity among needed church reforms

In the Cardinal Foley lecture by Kim Daniels this week, she charted steps toward renewal amidst the clergy sex abuse crisis. To rebuild the church's damaged credibility, honesty and mercy are needed.

Young adults on retreat pause for prayer, study of church reformers

About 50 young adult Catholics gathered last weekend in Philadelphia to share prayer and reflection on two huge questions confronting Catholics today: Why stay Catholic? And do I really need the church?

National notice comes to Bishop Shanahan’s pro-lifers, 160 strong

The archdiocesan high school sent three busloads of students eager to stand up for life this month in Washington, and was named National High School of the Year by the group Students for Life of America.

Catholic students making sense of Pa.’s tangled voting districts

Gerrymandering of the state's congressional districts was so contentious that the Supreme Court stepped in. Now students of Roman Catholic High School have won awards for their alternative plans for fairer voting.

Panel explores theology and God’s promise of land in Israel

Twenty scholars met at the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of St. Joseph’s University, inviting participants at a session to understand the complex relationship between the Jewish people and the land.

Philadelphia Orchestra explores the ‘Music of Faith’

Two recent performances paired works by Jewish and Catholic composers (Bernstein and Rossini, respectively) that explored universal experiences of loss, grief and transcendent hope.

Catholic, Jewish, Muslim students learn together in Catholic school

Upper-grade students of three local religious schools met at St. Christopher School in Northeast Philadelphia in a program that helps them understand each other's faith traditions, and gain mutual respect.

Grants help tighten security at nine Catholic schools

Surveillance and school entrance systems will get upgrades at archdiocesan elementary and high schools, thanks to $75,000 in funding from the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia.

It’s an extraordinary year to be a missionary, without leaving home

Throughout the global church and in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Catholics can join in the church's missionary activity to spread the Gospel this year through prayer, education and personal conversion.