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For 25 years, St. Martin serves ‘the Kingdom in North Philadelphia’

St. Martin de Porres Parish marked its 25th anniversary as the incarnation of five former parishes in North Philly. Small but vibrant, and boasting a unique men's choir, the parish believes the best is yet to come.

St. Katharine’s tomb moved to cathedral, open for prayerful visits

Moving the remains of Philadelphia's saint from the shrine in Bensalem to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was completed Oct. 26 after 12 weeks. Archbishop Chaput will lead the formal dedication Nov. 18, to which all are invited.

Concerned over food for the poor, parishioners write legislators

More than 60 parishioners of Old St. Joseph Parish in Philadelphia gathered after Sunday Masses Oct. 7 to write 112 letters to members of Congress to save funding for food programs in the Farm Bill.

Archbishop Chaput: Anti-Semitism has no place in America

"The special evil of anti-Semitism," the archbishop said in a statement, "has not been stamped out" but has been resurgent. He prayed the tragedy would be "a statewide wake-up call to resist religious hatred.

Archdiocesan Educational Fund gives $1.3 million to 33 schools, groups

The fund, founded and run by the McCloskey family, has given more than $50 million over the past half-century. Today it mostly supports innovations in Catholic education or evangelization. See this year's 33 grantees.

Chalfont parish brings mercy, awareness to bear on addiction crisis

Pa. has one of America's highest death rates due to drug overdose, so leaders of St. Jude Parish brought together Bucks County experts to educate and encourage families grappling with substance abuse.

All Christians are missionaries, a call one local couple knows well

Arthur and Mary Anne Burke received the Ambassador Award for their work promoting vocations and for living out their baptismal call to be a missionary, given by the Pontifical Mission Societies Oct. 11.

Marian procession in West Philly leads Newman Center’s milestone year

The Penn and Drexel Newman Center, the country's first Catholic ministry on a secular campus, marked its 125th anniversary with a procession followed by Mass at St. Agatha-St. James, which is welcoming renovations.

Immaculata U. eases entry for Catholic high school grads

Under a new agreement with the Office of Catholic Education, the university will offer guaranteed admission and a $9,000 scholarship for students of the 17 archdiocesan high schools.

Synod 2018: Hoping for a confident witness to the young

In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Archbishop Chaput said he hopes the synod's final document offers a clear and confident exhortation to young people to follow Jesus Christ.