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Ugandan bishops ask Catholics to prepare spiritually for papal visit

A nun carries a candle outside the Namugongo Shrine during the 2013 annual Uganda Martyr's Day Ceremony, which honors the 22 Ugandan martyrs who were who were burned to death for their faith between 1885 and 1887. (CNS photo/Ronald Kabuubi, EPA) Posted on October 8th, 2015

“The nature of this visit is primarily pastoral and spiritual,” the bishops said in a letter signed by Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, president of the Uganda Episcopal Conference.

Julian Bond, 75, dies; was leading figure in civil rights movement

Posted on August 18th, 2015

In this Aug. 31, 2006 file photo, former NAACP Chairman and civil rights advocate Julian Bond is seen at a press conference in Washington. Bond died Aug. 15  at age 75. (CNS photo/Matthew Cavanaugh, EPA)Julian Bond, a leading figure in the civil rights movement and the first African-American in Georgia’s Legislature, died Aug. 16 in a hospital in Walton Beach, Florida, of complications from vascular disease. He was 75.

No easy moral resolution to Vergara-Loeb dispute over frozen embryos

A monitor shows the microinjection of sperm into an egg cell using a microscope at a Leipzig, Germany, in vitro fertilization clinic in this July 2011 photo. Are frozen embryos human beings worthy of dignity and respect or are they property subject to contractual obligations? (CNS photo/EPA) Posted on May 15th, 2015

Are frozen embryos human beings worthy of dignity and respect or are they property subject to contractual obligations?

Readings of the holy Mass – The Resurrection of the Lord

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.
The Resurrection of the Lord: The Mass of Easter Day
See the Mass readings for Sunday, April 5, 2015.
Read Msgr. Joseph Prior’s commentary on the readings for this Sunday’s Mass.
See the readings for today’s Mass Listen to the […]

2013-2014 Audited Financial Statements of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Posted on November 6th, 2014

Office for Financial Services

– Supplemental narrative to audited financial statements for the Office for Financial Services

Faith community tackles influence of corporate money on public policy

Members of the U.S. Senate urge support for a proposed constitutional amendment for campaign finance reform during a Sept. 8 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Faith leaders are concerned that recent unlimited political spending by corporations has undermined democracy. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) Posted on October 4th, 2014

Corporate influence, through money and lobbying, is a given in setting public policy. But faith leaders and public interest groups are wondering how much corporate influence is too much.

Brazilian priests run for office in this year’s general elections

Posted on October 3rd, 2014

The Oct. 5 general elections in Brazil will feature more than 22,000 candidates vying for the posts of president, governors, senators and federal and state representatives. Twenty-three of those candidates are Brazilian priests, according to Brazil’s Superior Election Court.

Christian groups urge Obama to take action to stop violence in Gaza

Posted on July 26th, 2014

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Christian organizations called on President Barack Obama to take direct action to stop the current violence in the Gaza Strip and to work toward a just peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over Israeli teens’ murder

The parents of Naftali Frankel attend his funeral service in Nof Ayalon, Israel, July 1. Ayalon was one of three Israeli teens found dead in a West Bank field 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. (CNS photo/Jim Hollander, EPA) Posted on July 2nd, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank.

Couple found online dating site served a perfect match

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

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Richard was 32 years old and just home from deployment in Iraq. He struggled to stay consistently true to God’s plan, and when he wasn’t finding much success in the dating scene he turned to online dating and CatholicMatch for a last-ditch effort.
Kim had already tried online dating but found the […]

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