Photo features

Religious men and women celebrate 14,600 years of consecrated life

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput celebrated this year's Annual Religious Jubilarian Mass on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The Mass honors religious priests, sisters and brothers celebrating milestone anniversaries of 25 years or more. Of this year’s 253 jubilarians, 100 attended the Mass with their guests.

Students head back to school for the 2013-2014 school year

The 2013-2014 school year began in many ways throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The year started off with Mass at Cardinal John Foley Regional School in Havertown and St. Charles Seminary in Wynnewood. At St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia, administrators were joined by officials from the Office of Catholic Education and Holy Family University to sign an agreement that entered both schools into a collaborative educational partnership.

First-day blessing at St. Katherine Day School

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas offered a classroom blessing to students and staff for the start of the 2013-2014 school year at St. Katherine Day School in Wynnewood, Montgomery County. The special education school of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia educates mentally and physically challenged and developmentally delayed students ages 4 ½ to 21. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral restoration

Tall metal scaffolding not only fills but surrounds New York's famed St. Patrick's Cathedral. What looks to the uninitiated like a zealous cleaning job is actually a painstaking $177 million restoration.

It’s moving in day for new men at St. Charles Seminary

The College and Theology Division seminarians of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary returned to campus to mark the start of the academic year on Tuesday, Aug. 20 beginning with registration and moving-in to the dorms. This fall, over 40 new men will be entering seminary for the first time from approximately nine dioceses and religious orders, including approximately eight men from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Haiti photo gallery

Try to imagine what it would be like to be a member of one of 57 families living in shacks on a narrow, isolated beach, literally cut off from civilization. Welcome to St. Mary Fishing Village, located on the Island of Gonave off the coast of Haiti. Gonave is relatively large, about 283 square miles, but the terrain is harsh.

SS. Simon and Jude Parish celebrates one-day-long Vacation Bible Camp

SS. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester held its annual Vacation Bible Camp on Sunday, July 21. The theme this year was "One Day Fun Day Sunday" since unlike other years it was a one-day camp for children ages 3 to 12 years and their families.

World Youth Day photo gallery

World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, had to be considered a rousing success by organizers. This photo gallery by Catholic News Service photographers captures some of the moments of the July 22-28 event.

Scores attend second annual pro-life summit in Philadelphia

"Summer Witness and Prayer," the second annual pro-life summit of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, featured Archbishop Charles Chaput as celebrant for Mass on the morning of July 20 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

Knights of Peter Claver annual convention comes to Philadelphia

Almost 1,000 Knights and Ladies (especially the Ladies) of the Knights of Peter Claver filled the cathedral on July 21 for the opening Mass of Thanksgiving as part of their annual convention, and first ever in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Most other events took place at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel.