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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

This content is sponsored by CatholicMatch.com
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 [...]


In Argentine shanties, priests live like the sheep they shepherd

Father Jose Maria di Paola, well-known in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as "Padre Pepe," poses for a photo March 12. (CNS photo/David Agren) Posted on March 17th, 2014

JOSE LEON SUAREZ, Argentina (CNS) — The doors used to stay shuttered on Our Lady of the Miracle chapel in a shantytown on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, opening only on Saturdays for catechism classes and Sundays for a single, sparsely attended service.


2012-2013 Audited Financial Statements of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Posted on March 14th, 2014

See the statement for the Office for Financial Services (the archdiocesan central administrative offices) and 16 statements for archdiocesan entities in Catholic Education, Catholic Human Services, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Catholic Cemeteries and Catholic Charities Appeal.


Celebrating Catholic schools

Posted on January 31st, 2014

As Catholic Schools Week comes to a close, don’t miss CatholicPhilly.com’s special guide to the week with stories that show why Catholic schools are worth celebrating.


Help Wanted: Parish secretary, school principal, other open positions

Posted on October 30th, 2013

St. Hilary Parish is hiring a parish secretary … Notre Dame Academy seeks a president and St. Basil Academy and principal … a West Chester printer needs a print estimator — see all the classified ads in our Help Wanted section. See all of CatholicPhilly.com’s classifieds in categories such as rental properties, tours and items [...]


German bishops’ head meets pope about case of ‘luxury bishop’

An aerial view shows Limburg Cathedral and, to the left ,the bishop's residence along the Lahn River in Germany Oct. 14. (CNS photo/Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters) Posted on October 18th, 2013

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The president of the German bishops’ conference said he was “strengthened and encouraged” by his discussion with Pope Francis about the case of a German bishop under fire for a massive building project that critics have denounced as extravagant.


Parishes undergoing self-study in 2013-1014 Pastoral Planning Initiative

Posted on September 16th, 2013

The following is a summary of key indicators of parish sacramental life for parishes now undergoing self-study. Click on the parish name for a link to more detailed information, from the archdiocesan Office for Parish Service and Support. 
 
Bucks County
PPA 100

Our Lady of Fatima, Bensalem
2008
2012

Infant Baptisms
34
21

Marriages
4
14

Weekend Mass attendance(percentage of registered parishioners attending Mass)
962 (31%)
821 (33%)

St. Ann, [...]


San Antonio prelate in homily echoes pope’s challenge to ‘go and serve’

Posted on August 7th, 2013

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — At the opening Mass of the Knights of Columbus 131st supreme convention Aug. 6, the feast of the Transfiguration, attendees heard comments of congratulations for their charitable efforts as well as a challenge to do more for immigration reform.


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