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Rwandan genocide survivor leads two-day retreat at West Chester parish

More than 400 people participated in a two-day retreat of “Healing and Hope” Oct. 11-12 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, West Chester. The featured guest at the parish retreat was Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, who spoke on how her Catholic faith guided her during the 1994 atrocity and allowed her to […]

Blessing of pets and pet show make St. Bede parishioners smile

St. Bede the Venerable Parish, Holland, hosted its annual blessing of the pets and pet show Saturday, Oct. 5 in celebration of the previous day’s feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Father Sean A. Loomis, parochial vicar, performed the blessing rite. All winners in the pet show, indicated in the gallery below, received statues of St. Francis while the […]

Mayor Nutter visits West Catholic Prep, honors school’s new student leaders

West Catholic Preparatory High School at 4501 Chestnut St. hosted The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, during a student leadership assembly on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The mayor addressed the student body on the topic of leadership and help hand out pins to West Catholic’s newly installed student leaders after they maid their pledge to leadership.

St. Joseph’s Prep tops rival Roman Catholic in Catholic League play

St. Joseph’s Prep breezed past rival Roman Catholic, 42-7, in Class AAAA Catholic League football action Sept. 28 at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.

Pope Francis in Sardinia

Pope Francis meets with the poor and prisoners in the cathedral in Cagliari, Sardinia

St. Andrew School welcomes bishop for blessing

Bishop Daniel Thomas blessed the students of St. Andrew School, Drexel Hill, and dedicated two renovated school buildings Sept. 11. (Photos by Steve Litz)

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.