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Oct. 23 funeral set for Bishop Cistone, a ‘joyful and stabilizing’ pastor

Family and friends in Philadelphia and Michigan fondly recall the former Philadelphia priest and bishop of Saginaw, who died suddenly Oct. 16. Watch his funeral live, and note his memorial Mass Nov. 7 at the seminary.

Eagles can teach us how to engage at Mass, says La Salle professor

At an Oct. 14 lecture sponsored by a Philadelphia church musicians' group, Franciscan Father Frank Berna described how sports can deepen spirituality and enhance the celebration of the Eucharist.

St. David’s faithful hear hard truths of church in crisis, on path to renewal

Should the Catholic Church, reeling from the abuse scandal, be held by society to a higher standard? Yes, said the leader of a retreat Oct. 14-16 at the Willow Grove parish. What's needed are active Catholics working in unity.

Overcoming challenges for youth and bishops

In a Q&A with a Boston College newspaper, Archbishop Charles Chaput assesses the synod on youth so far. The extraordinary gifts and promise of young Catholics give him good reason for hope.

Community baby shower shows ‘what being pro-life is all about’

Archdiocesan Catholic Social Services (CSS) teamed up with St. Raymond Parish to help 300 expectant moms at an Oct. 13 gathering, as part of CSS's outreach to over 5,000 pregnant women each year.

Four clergy assignment changes announced

Archbishop Charles Chaput announced changes for priests and deacons at several parishes: St. Norbert, Paoli; St. Catherine, Horsham; St. John the Baptist, Philadelphia; and St. Paul, Norristown.

Catholic Church in Pa. hit with new grand jury subpoenas

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Harrisburg are cooperating with an expanding federal investigation of clerical sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, following on last summer's state-led report.

2,000 enjoy day with Jesus, each other, under Malvern Retreat’s tent

The day of prayer, talks, good music and good company at the first Catholic Tent Revival at Malvern Retreat House exceeded all expectations. “The joy was overwhelming," said one attendee.

Latino Catholics in Phila. inspired by Romero film, canonization

An Oct. 12 screening of a biopic on St. Oscar Romero reveals the martyr's continuing influence on clergy and local Latino Catholics. He inspires them to listen to one another and be faithful to the Gospel.

Salvadoran native lives out St. Romero’s legacy of justice

St. Oscar Romero is more relevant than ever, says Moises Navarrete, a young teacher in Jenkintown. The saint would challenge U.S. immigration policy and family separation, he believes.