Catholic Charities Appeal ‘gives hope to all’ in 2020
Archbishop Charles Chaput launched the Philadelphia Archdiocese's largest annual fundraiser for ministries serving tens of thousands of people Jan. 17, saying its $12.5 million goal was "a lot of money, but there's a lot of need."
St. Laurentius Church sold, ending 6-year dispute
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s role in the drama over the closed church ended with its Jan. 13 sale. How to reuse the ornate 19th century structure for a secular purpose, and possibly preserve it, will be taken up by a new player.
Thousands of area faithful ready to March for Life
Catholics from parishes and schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese will travel to Washington, D.C. Jan. 24 for the 47th annual pro-life demonstration. See a schedule of events and a list of bus trips.
Once sleeping in cars, she’s now heading for college
Bernadette spent almost 40 years living on the streets of North Philadelphia due to addiction. Thanks to an archdiocesan ministry that assists women in recovery, she's taking classes -- and control of her destiny.
‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign set for Jan. 21-29
Catholics are invited to take part in this year's novena for the protection of human life. Each day's intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.
Overcome racism that clouds hearts, archbishop urges nation
Citing "disturbing outbreaks of racism and prejudice," the president of the US Catholic bishops raised concern about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks, displays of white nationalism and violence against immigrants.
Much success, more to do in protecting trafficking victims
Congress marked the 20th anniversary of a human trafficking law and noted its successes but what also can be done to keep both children and adults safe from others who would exploit them for sex or cheap labor.
‘Marxist communism’ returning to Spain, cardinal warns
Prelates asked Catholics to pray as Spain was entering a "grave moment" with a socialist leader in which "democracy is substituted ... by authoritarianism ... incompatible with democracy."
No breaking seal of confession for abusers, church insists
The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference is the latest of the country's senior clerics to oppose legislation that would jail priests for failing to report confessions of child sexual abuse to the police.
U.S. bishops hear pope on pro-life, transgender issues
Protecting human life is the "preeminent priority" and human rights issue, Pope Francis told a group of midwestern bishops. He also discussed other issues including the expected Vatican report on Theodore McCarrick.
Understanding the debate about celibacy
Greg Erlandson points out exceptions to priestly celibacy that the church in her wisdom has allowed, including for Eastern-rite Catholics and men converted to Catholicism.
‘The Two Popes:’ Baloney, brilliantly acted
The Netflix film about Popes Benedict and Francis is entertaining but its portrayal of the 2013 conclave is not true, says George Weigel, a man who was there and knew its details and dynamics.
Skip this year’s resolutions, focus on 24 hours
Already blown past those new year's promises? Don't become discouraged while staring down the remaining 11 months, writes Elise Italiano Ureneck. Take it one day at a time, and begin again.
Making someone smile can witness to Gospel’s joy
Commenting on this Sunday's Mass, Msgr. Joseph Prior tells of how an old woman in a nursing home made a priest laugh, showing a witness to Jesus that would make St. John the Baptist proud.
Gift of understanding helps us to see as God does
Understanding moves us beyond merely agreeing with what God has revealed to taking seriously what his revelation means for our everyday decisions.
Trouble understanding? Spirit helps us listen
Our lack of understanding often leads not to a productive conversation but to a refusal to listen. Be it in our families, our politics or global issues, the Spirit's gift of understanding asks us to go deeper.
Readings of the Holy Mass: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read or listen to the readings before Mass with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.
‘Marriage Story’ deals with divorce but affirms commitment
The hard-hitting movie covers a broad range of emotions, from gentle affection to blind rage. And each of these moods is carefully calibrated and skillfully evoked in remarkably fine performances.
‘Underwater’ ends up all wet
Dim and murky, the tedious survival slog, which stars Kristen Stewart, lacks oxygen due to cardboard characters and a flimsy plot.
Calendar of Events
Archbishop Chaput to preside over Rev. King prayer service
Following the U.S. bishops' initiative to heal racism, the interfaith gathering, which will take place at Our Mother of Consolation Parish in Philadelphia on Jan. 20, will feature Msgr. Federico Britto as homilist.
Give God A Second Thought! – Lent Mission with Paulist Father John E. Collins, CSP
Come let Paulist Father John Collins help you to discover your own personal faith story and learn the importance of taking that story beyond the walls of the church.
The Characteristics of Men’s Spirituality
Explore the changing identity of masculine spirituality in the 21st Century. There will be opportunities to examine our individual spirituality, how it manifests itself and how it guides our action and prayer. In addition, there will be time for reflection, fellowship and prayer.