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A press conference at the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s pastoral center March 7 revealed plans, and much excitement, for the World Meeting of Families to be held Sept. 22-27, 2015 in Philadelphia. While Pope Francis’ visit for the meeting is not confirmed, speakers at the press conference and hopeful guests were planning for the visit just the same. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Father Charles Bonner, pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, distributed ashes to people during morning Mass on March 5, Ash Wednesday. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
More than 200 teens came to Archbishop Carroll High School March 2 for the Generation Phaith youth rally. They enjoyed discussions about their faith, time for prayer including Mass, the sacrament of penance and eucharistic adoration, plus music, food and fun.
It hadn’t happened in 46 years, but on Monday night, Feb. 24, Neuman Goretti’s girls and boys teams won their respective Catholic League titles in close games at the Palestra. See our photo gallery to catch the spirit of the games and the celebrations surrounding them. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
See our photo gallery of the Mass celebrated by Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Feb. 20 at Visitation B.V.M. Church in Norristown at which he prayed for passage of immigration reform. Members of St. Patrick Parish in Norristown joined Visitation parishioners for the Mass.
The 123 Catholic elementary schools, 17 high schools and four schools of special education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia held various activities during Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, to highlight the values of faith, knowledge and service in the schools.
Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S., who holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and Social Communications at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, spoke Jan. 27 at a packed Vianney Hall at the seminary. The talk on evangelization and communications was the first in the John Cardinal Foley Lecture Series honoring the late cardinal.
Bishop John J. McIntyre presided at the kick-off event for Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl Monday, Jan. 27 at St. Martin de Porres Parish’s food cupboard in North Philadelphia. Before blessing the Rice Bowls, the bishop encouraged families to pray, fast, learn about CRS’ work in other countries and donate throughout the Lenten season. (Photo gallery by Sarah Webb)
Archbishop Charles Chaput visited students, faculty and administrators at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster to celebrate Mass and kick off this year’s Catholic Schools Week on Monday, Jan. 27. See CatholicPhilly.com’s photo gallery of the visit.
Local pro-lifers publicly proclaimed the sanctity of life in Philadelphia in recent days, including a prayerful witness so large that it closed the intersection near an abortion clinic.