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Supreme Court overturns Roe, Casey in abortion decision

In a 6-3 decision June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its nearly 50-year-old decision in Roe v. Wade that had legalized abortion. The reversal brings abortion policy decisions to the state level.

Archbishop, Ukrainian Catholics hail EU candidate status for Ukraine

The European Council decision, announced June 24, will not only benefit Ukraine, but strengthen the EU itself by "showing that there are principles worth living and worth dying for," said Archbishop Borys Gudziak, head of Ukrainian Catholics in the U.S.

Class of 2022 seniors net close to $450 million in scholarships

Colleges and universities across the nation are welcoming graduating students from the 16 archdiocesan high schools, with sizeable awards that mark a 9% increase from just two years ago.

Pro-lifers grateful for abortion ruling, ready to work for women

Following the Supreme Court's June 24 decision against a constitutional right to abortion, Philadelphia-area pro-life advocates say they will "redouble their outreach" to women facing challenging pregnancies.

Michigan center is among latest pro-life facilities vandalized across U.S.

Multiple windows and doors were smashed June 20 at the Lennon Pregnancy Center in Dearborn Heights, part of an uptick in such attacks as the nation awaits a landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion.

Keys and Sword event supports Cathedral in style

Black-tie attire is optional at the June 24 fundraiser for the mother church of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, but fellowship and "building a culture of support" are on the ticket.

Pinning ceremony shows ‘how valued vets are,’ says senior agency director

A June 29 commemoration of Vietnam War era veterans' service, hosted at an archdiocesan senior living center, is a way of affirming "human dignity," said Heather Huot of Catholic Housing and Community Services.

Pope to visit Canada, limiting participation to one hour at various events

Despite knee pain, Pope Francis will proceed with a planned trip to Canada July 24-29, visiting in particular Indigenous peoples and addressing the Catholic Church's role in colonization and residential schools.

Meeting looks at how families protect life, pray, connect generations

Families are "guardians of the sacredness of human life from the first moment of conception to natural death," said Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell as the World Meeting of Families opened in Rome June 23.

Vatican makes archives detailing aid to Jews available online

Nearly 40,000 digital files of requests for aid from Jewish people persecuted by Nazis will now be widely accessible to the public.