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Conference led by Cardinal Burke reiterates truth of marriage

Some 400 Catholics gathered in Philadelphia April 21 for a day of study and prayer concerning marriage and Catholic teaching that leads to "peace in this life ... and the life to come," said Cardinal Raymond Burke.

It’s first Communion season; why not recycle that dress or suit?

The Communion Closet at Holy Martyrs Parish in Oreland lends gently used special attire, including shoes and accessories, to girls and boys in need throughout the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Philadelphia priests celebrate ordination anniversaries

See our list of 29 jubilarian priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrating significant anniversaries this year. Click on each priest's name to view his biographical profile.

Lost for years, ‘Christ of North Philadelphia’ returns to Gesu Church

Created in 1968, an artistic tableau at the former parish that closed in 1993 was stored away until its rededication this week. Fifty years later its figures again are telling that it's hard, yet hopeful, to be a saint in the city.

Forum looks at pope’s first 5 years, ponders his vision for church

Villanova University hosted a two-day conference last week with scholars from around the world examining Pope Francis' roots in Vatican II, his theology and how the U.S. has become a hotbed of criticism for him.

Miracles on the menu: Cooking leads to new life for at-risk youth

The culinary arts program at St. Gabriel’s Hall, a Catholic Social Services agency for adjudicated young men, is teaching students valuable skills for life. The chefs who direct the initiative combine food science and faith in their mission.

Accord helps equip Phila. church workers with business skills

Under a new partnership with Villanova University and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, new local students will see a discount in earning a master's degree in church management, all to better serve the church.

Neumann U lauds Penn Mutual’s support of rugby

Penn Mutual's CEO, accepting the award of the university's Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, drew parallels between the rough sport and her company's values of integrity, respect and service.

St. Joseph’s pastor resigns amidst cloud of financial misuse

Msgr. Joseph McLoone has resigned from the Downingtown, Chester County parish after it was revealed that he improperly ran an off-the-books bank account and took proceeds for "inappropriate relationships."

Archbishop Chaput announces clerical changes

Two diocesan priests and a Norbertine priest have received new assignments, the Philadelphia Archdiocese announced this week.