Photo features

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.

Local youths depart for World Youth Day

A delegation of young people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia departed on a pilgrimage to Brazil on Monday, July 22 From St. David Parish in Willow Grove to participate in World Youth Day (WYD) with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro through next week.

Archdiocese turns over control of 14 urban schools to Independence Mission Schools

St. Gabriel School in the Gray's Ferry section of Philadelphia welcomed Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Brian McElwee, chairman of the Independence Mission Schools (IMS), to officially designate 14 Catholic schools as part of the IMS system on Monday, July 15.