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Public Mass to resume June 5-6 in archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced late Friday that Sunday and daily Masses will be celebrated publicly again in two weeks, since their suspension in mid-March to halt spread of the coronavirus.

Phila. police chaplain blesses hospital workers fighting pandemic

Oblate Father Steven Wetzel prayed over "hands raw from scrubbing" and "shoulders that carry the weight of life and death” at the city's Jefferson Torresdale Hospital on May 21.

PPP loans to parishes not as large, or as many, as believed

Some news media overstated how many of the 17,000 parishes in the U.S. received Paycheck Protection funds and the amounts, instead characterizing it as "this evil church getting money from the federal government."

The quiet pandemic victims: Those grieving death

Since funerals and family visitations are forbidden during the pandemic lockdown, there is no closure for surviving family and friends as the world focuses on getting through the current crisis.

China’s threats to Congress on pandemic won’t deter NJ Rep. Smith

China threatened to retaliate against U.S. politicians for their support of federal lawsuits over the COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Chris Smith, a long-time China critic, is ready for a cyber attack -- again.

Pandemic may lead to changes in the way schools operate, say educators

Schools have had to adjust how they deliver education to students confined to their homes. Teachers, parents and students face a new reality in the fall as the teaching profession reinvents itself, say educators.

Pro-lifers say Planned Parenthood must return $80 million in federal funds

Critics contend that Payroll Protection Program funds meant for small businesses of up to 500 employees should not go to an organization that has 37 affiliates and 16,000 employees.

In Italy, signs of rise in prayer, religious fervor amid pandemic

After COVID-19 restrictions forced churches to close, "the frequency of prayer and participation in religious services increased, although these could be attended only virtually," said a new study.

Following God’s unique call on a traditional path to priesthood

Louis Monica Jr. followed the way of many an archdiocesan priest, which he will become in June: from Philadelphia parish to Catholic high school and right into St. Charles Seminary, whose seminarians "are like brothers to me."

Gesu School honors alum who’s an emerging leader

Imani Briscoe, who graduated in 2009 from the independent Catholic grade school in North Philadelphia, received a top award from the school that "made us the best we could be," even as she serves it while pursuing her MBA.